A retention pond and small solar installation will increase Rose Mountain’s resilience to drought and climate variability.
Meet the Farmers
I have farmed my entire life, starting with homesteading when I was a child and then moving on to growing produce and keeping laying hens and pigs for my own family. I transitioned to farming for my community and selling at our local farmers market after leaving the nursing profession. I’ve sold at the Ashe County Market for 15 years, as well as starting a new market closer to home in Lansing, North Carolina that is now thriving. Farm improvements will expand production from a half-acre to two acres. I have two summer interns planned for the summer of 2021 to account for the growth that I am expecting. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to grow and serve my community.
Regenerative Agriculture Practices
The farm currently houses two farrowing sows, on 8 acres of south-facing slopes. The western slope is in thick mature forest and lies undisturbed except for a passing bear or deer. The rocky outcroppings leave it positioned for conservation. The spring beds are live staked with elderberry, ninebark, and red twig for erosion protection and shading for trout habitat. There are three spring-fed drinkers for livestock and the spring beds are fenced out. The springs are tributaries of Big Horse Creek and it is a renowned trout stream. The pastures are cross fenced for the rotation of livestock.
Become a steward of the land
Join a growing community of sustainably-minded stewards reaping the rewards from responsible farming