Seeing degraded land and an increased lack of diversity while farming, David Wells felt there was a need to start Henosis, an organic mushroom company that utilizes local by-products from wood mills and coffee shops like Bongo Java to grow mushroom products. As its motto is Eat Your Way to a Healthy Planet, Henosis partners with arborists such as Knock on Wood and landscaping companies like Nashville Foodscapes to clean water, build soil, and up-cycle wood into mushrooms as a means to build foundations for diverse and healthy ecosystems while growing delicious healthy food.
From CSA’s to natural dye production, David Wells has been building businesses and communities around sustainable agriculture in Nashville, Tennessee for over ten years. As Garden Coordinator for The CHAMP’s Gardens program at Monroe Carrell Jr’s Children Hospital at Vanderbilt, David helped to create a new agricultural track for both Glencliff and Overton High School. He went on to win Farmer of the Year Award from Margot, a local restaurant, in 2011 and to co-chair the Nashville School Garden Coalition.
Moving to his own farm, Stony Creek, in 2011, he has been building enterprises in natural dyes, assisting in the production of Japanese Indigo with Stony Creek Colors and dedicating part of his time to growing an “Edible Forest Garden” of culinary herbs, organic vegetables, fruit and nuts for local restaurants like Rolf and Daughters, City House, AVO, Butcher and Bee, and Bastion.
Wade Archer teaches practical ecology at a special needs high school, Benton Hall Academy where he built a no-till, permaculture garden with vegetables surrounded by a food forest. Wade has been an organic farmer and aquaponics engineer for almost a decade. For the past 4 years, he has been partnering with several communities to rebuild local ecologies through landscape design. Passionate about creating ecosystems that provide food and habitat, Wade is excited to be apprenticing at Henosis. Wade grew up on a 1,000+ acre commercial farm in southeast Iowa. He has seen environmental destruction and will continue to build a food system that promotes the health of the Earth not as a coincidence, but by direct partnerships with nature.