A Little History

Our farming practices have come almost full circle in the last few years.

In the 1930's, the Plemmons family moved here to have more level land to put into crops.  The years that followed had them working hard to produce vegetables and livestock on the hillsides and bottom land near Hominy Creek in what are now thought to be "old-fashioned" ways.  Horses and mules were the power in front of any machinery and family were the ones weilding the hoes to battle the weeds.  Produce was delivered to customers in Asheville along with butter and eggs from our farm.

The mid to late 1900's were years when tobacco was a major crop for most farms here in North Carolina.  In the mountains, burley tobacco was the most common way to provide income from a piece of farmland.  Our family did our share, and continued the production of vegetables as well as feed (hay and corn) for our own livestock.  Tractors helped save lots of labor.  Most of the products were sold to buyers of wholesale produce and we had no contact with those who would eventually enjoy the fruit of our labors.

Now things have come to resemble those early days again!  Our conservation practices never changed, so our soil remains in good shape for a new generation to put in  production.  Cover crops were always essential to return nutrients to the land and protect from erosion.  Crop rotation was always practiced to make sure that no one crop took too much fertility out of the soil.  Livestock provide much needed soil fertility on a small diversified farm, and now that means we no longer look to synthetic fertilizers.  

Since we want to know what goes in our food, we use only non-synthetic products approved for organic production on our vegetable crops.  It is important that our family and those we serve are never harmed by toxic chemicals on our food.  That takes more hand labor, but we think it is worth it.  

Our farm animals have always been carefully and gently tended.  The cattle are grown on pasture and rotated through them to manage both the cattle and the pastures well.  Chickens "graze" in the pastures, living in chicken tractors which are moved each day to fresh grass.  Pigs greet us each day with dirt on their noses from doing what comes naturally.  

And since we now market once again to our neighbors, we enjoy the satisfaction of a real connection to the people who make our farm able to continue for the next generations.