Jesse Straight, farmer and founder of Whiffletree Farm, was born and raised in Fauquier County, graduating from Fauquier High School in 2000.
After finishing studies in religion and pre-med at UVa, marrying his wife Liz, and working in Charlottesville, Jesse read a book by Wendell Berry that inspired him to learn more about farming through reading, visiting farmers, and making forays into small farming ventures.
In April 2009 Jesse and Liz moved back to Warrenton to be near his family and old friends, and to start their farm business! They were happy to return to Warrenton but
did not know all the ways in which they would be so well befriended and cared for here.
By 2012 the business was in need of additional acreage and so the Straights moved to Whiffletree Farm, where they have been ever since.
Jonathan Elliott first met Jesse in 2010, while studying engineering at UVa. Reading The Omnivore's Dilemma had piqued his interest in farming and he connected with Jesse just in time to come up and help with processing one of Jesse's first batches of chickens.
After working in Northern Virginia for a couple of years and spending another two studying medieval theology, all the while coming to help out at the farm as time allowed, Jesse invited Jonathan to join him full-time.