Becki's Bounty

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County: Buncombe

Location: 312 Hiawassee Avenue, Black Mountain, NC

Total acres 0.5

Acres of cropland/tillable land 0.2

Acres of pasture 0.2

Acres of unfenced pasture 0.0

Property Description

Becki's Bounty is a large market Garden located in Black Mountain North Carolina near Lake Tomahawk. The garden has a 6000 square-foot vegetable production, a passive solar greenhouse with rainwater collection, 125 Row feet of Berries surrounding two large garden plots, an open shed and a closed Shed, and a poultry flock housed in 2 coops connected by chicken tunnels. The garden is situated on a south facing slope with a 30° drop. There are two houses on the property. The duplex houses the center of operations for Becki's Bounty and the other half is possibly available. Also a cottage on the property is currently leased for long term but could be converted to an Airbnb cottage. A cob oven is used for special events. A small pond collects runoff from the rainwater storage and grows lotus and other water plants.

Type of opportunity

  • Lease (1 to 5 Years)
  • Internship / Mentorship
  • Business Partnership

Type of opportunity - more info

I am seeking a business partner to work with me on this project. I am seeking someone who is very experienced in intensive growing techniques and who can help me increase production and efficiency in the fruit and vegetable production. The successful candidate would help me create a new vision and goal for the business plan. A successful partnership would allow me to spend more time teaching gardening skills to various groups, developing the site as an Agro tourism destination, providing consultation to local home gardeners and hosting special events in the Becki's Bounty garden.

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Greenhouse
  • Livestock facilities
  • Farmer housing
  • Farm equipment
  • Processing facilities
  • Irrigation equipment
  • Cold storage (cooler/freezer)

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

Primary source of water is rainwater collection from the duplex roof. The greenhouse is passive solar attached to the duplex. It is not climate controlled. 2 coops house the chickens with chicken tunnels connecting the 2 coops. A 3 BR unit 1 bath unit in the duplex is potentiallly available for rent as is the 1 BR cottage. Most work is done by hand, there is a walk behind tiller, mulching mower, string weeder and leaf blower. produce is processed in a four sink system in the apartment housing the business. Irrigation is by drip tape. Fresh produce is stored in 2 refrigerators.

Current production on farm

  • Fallow
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Poultry (Broiler/Layer)
  • Vegetable production

Current production on farm - more info

I bed of flowers, mostly sunflowers. I bed of annual and perennial herbs. 36 beds of annual vegetables. Flock size is currently 6 but could be expand to 24 hens per town ordinances, no roosters allowed. Large yard with oak trees and grass provides materials for compost.

Current and past farming practices

  • Ecological production but not certified

Current and past farming practices - more info

No synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides have been used since creating the garden 10 years ago. Constant creation and application of compost is fed back into the garden. Spent hops from a local brewery are used to mulch paths between beds and around plants. A black soldier fly system processes Kitchen waste from 3 households. Planting beds are permanent raised beds, 4' by 25' with 2' paths between. The paths could be reduced in size to increase productivity. equipment for beekeeping is available.

Additional aspects

Other means of generating income incude creating garden equipment with sustainable materials and providing consultation to local home gardeners. Here is the mission statement: Becki's Bounty, an educational market garden in Black Mountain, North Carolina generates supplemental income through; the sale of produce and products to local consumers, the provision of educational experiences and the areas of sustainable agriculture and Permaculture, and the creation of an Agro tourism destination offering accommodations, tours and farm to table events.