About The Farm
Our farm is located in Leicester, NC on 70 acres of family farm land. We are Aaron and Anne Grier. The farm is home to a heard of Red Devon cattle, a Jersey milk cow, a flock of chickens, and several acres of vegetable-growing bottomland. We strive to raise food that is healthier for all of us raised in a manner easier on the environment.
Our cattle are rotationally grazed on mixed forage pasture. This is a great diet for ruminating animals and the open pasture lands aid in carbon sequestration.
Our vegetables are raised in soil fed primarily by green manure (plants grown specifically to be reincorporated into the soil). No chemical fertilizers and no synthetic herbicides or insecticides are used EVER. We rarely spray even organically approved insecticides. It is our belief that crop diversity, good soil fertility, and wild borders combine to make an environment perfect for growing healthy vegetables. When irrigation is necessary, we use drip irrigation from our well. This keeps us all safe from fecal contaminants found in above ground water.
We love the lifestyle here on the farm and are truly devoted to producing good food.
About Aaron and Anne
Aaron is a Buncombe County native whose involvement in Argiculture began at the Ramsey Dairy in Fairview after high school. There he made hay, milked cows, repaired fences, and learned that he liked the work. He worked on the farm at Warren Wilson College while attending school there for 3 years. He managed a natural meats farm in Madison County for a few years before meeting and marrying Anne.
Anne grew up in southwest Virginia where, in her early years, her family had a large beef farm. When the family quit farming due to economics, she learned, with encouragement from her parents, how to grow a vegetable garden. After attending Brevard College for 2 years, she started learning about organic agriculture by working on different farms in WNC and western Massachusetts. For several years before meeting Aaron she leased land and sold vegetables at market.
Currently the two, along with their daughter Addiebelle, are settling into the fourth year of living and farming on family land in Leicester.
Internships on the Farm
We hire interns for an April 1st thru mid-October season. The work is hard and the hours are long. We work in hot sun, rain, cold mornings with wet hands, 7 days a week.
Living space is provided: a school bus and a barn loft with a shared outdoor kitchen, a bathroom, and laundry. There is a food stipend as well as monthly pay.
Work that you can expect as an intern includes weeding, harvesting, transplanting, packing CSA shares, tractor work, moving cows, calf watch, feeding chickens, and collecting eggs. Interns work 7 days a week and will attend and sell at the local markets. If you are interested in our internship program, visit our blog for application instructions..