Rootbound Farm is the passion, business, and homeplace of Ben Abell, Bree Pearsall and their daughter, Hazel Grace. Ben caught the farming bug early in life. Although he didn’t grow up on a farm, his parents are avid gardeners and he has many happy childhood memories preserving and canning the summer bounty in their kitchen. Ben studied conservation and agriculture at the University of Kentucky and has interned and worked on organic farms in California and Kentucky. In 2008 he returned to his alma mater to manage the Community Supported Agriculture program of the South Farm, the University of Kentucky horticulture research farm, and eventually was the farm superintendent. He started Rootbound Farm while working for UK and in 2013 took the plunge into full-time entrepreneurship and farming.
Bree got her start farming when she was offered a summer job picking tomatoes between college semesters. She was studying political science and social work and although she didn’t know it then, she would soon get the farming itch too! Bree has a Master’s degree in Social Work and worked for 10 years as a social worker. She happily transitioned to full-time entrepreneurship in 2015 and together Ben and Bree are striving to grow Rootbound Farm into a sustainable and vibrant family business. Ben and Bree also welcomed their first child, Hazel Grace, in the fall of 2015 and a new baby boy, Sage, in February 2018.