How it all started
Jason wears multiple hats and has been the visionary behind our entire farming endeavor. He serves as the strategist, the brawn, the researcher, and the architect responsible for bringing this farm to life – a true “farmpreneur,” one might say.
Our journey began a while ago, with the first seeds sown in raised beds in the bustling city of Houston, TX. However, as we began to expand our family and raise our growing tribe of little ones, the relentless heat and urban environment became overwhelming.
Our aspirations shifted towards providing our family with a cleaner, more serene lifestyle—one defined by wide-open spaces within a close-knit community, nestled in the rolling hills of beautiful middle Tennessee.
Meet the founders of Clean Genes Farm, Sara and Jason Kleinhans.
Jason made a bold shift, leaving behind a 13-year career in the offshore Oil and Gas sector to fully embrace his passion for sustainable farming and land restoration. His previous profession endowed him with valuable skills that come in handy when troubleshooting challenges on the farm.
Sara, on the other hand, has been the backbone, researcher, and nurturer of Jason’s farming dream. As a Registered Nurse, she now considers herself a “Registered Food Nurse” (if such a title existed). Her zeal revolves around nourishing the body for well-being, preserving the environment and ecosystems to raise healthy children, and educating the community.
The seed of this idea didn’t sprout overnight when they moved to Tennessee. Jason continued to work offshore in deep water construction, but as their first two children grew older, the demands of his job clashed with the desire to be closer to the family.
When Sara was expecting their third child, Jason was overwhelmed by a deep-seated desire to take the leap into farming. Reading books like “The New Organic Grower” by Eliot Coleman and “How to Grow More Vegetables” by John Jeavons ignited his determination to turn his dreams into reality.
The journey has been an evolution. Over a year and a half, they diligently cultivated their land, added essential infrastructure, and fine-tuned their farming strategies. Their story continues to unfold, ever-changing, so stay tuned and grow along with them.
At Clean Genes Farm, they hold profound respect for the land, recognizing the importance of working in harmony with nature to leave this place better than they found it.