Hi, I'm looking to meet and network with other like minded folk in the Asheville area. I'm not new to farming but I feel that I still have so much more to learn and would like to meet people with similar interests in my area. I have an 18+ acre farm where I'm growing mostly fruit and berry tress shrubs and vines but am at some point wanting to incorporate birds, goats and a pig or two. As well as a market garden. I'd also be interested in bartering help wether labor or machinery. Or possibly trading nursery stock. If anyone is interested, I'd really like to meet you. Thanks, Daniel
Hey Daniel, I believe we spoke a before the first of the year. We are building a goat barn with goats arriving early February. Perhaps a time in March we could see about plant trades and setting up work trade. I've been gardening for over a decade and sometimes I feel like I nothing.
We've been out three years and working towards farming full time, hopefully within a year.
Hope more folks chime in...I know they are out there =)
I lived in Asheville for many years before recently moving to Arkansas. WNC is certainly a hub for the sustainable farming movement and your find lots of like-minded people there. The first thing that comes to mind is the Herb Festival weekend that will take place sometime this spring at the WNC Farmer's market, (the big, year-round one just off I-40.) You'll meet lots of friendly, local growers, many who are selling obscure, rare plants starts in addition to normal herbs and vegetable plants.
https://asapconnections.org/ Check out ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) to see what they offer. They publish a little booklet a few times a year that you'll find scattered about with the free tourist magazines. They'll have one this spring listing many of the farms and growers in the area. Check the locations to see who your neighbors are then go meet them. Good luck!
And, Sena, you are right. I suspect there are a few WNC folks lurking about on permies. :)