Fork Mt. Farm

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County: Mitchell

Location: 1068 Hubert Yelton Rd. Bakersville, N.C.

Total acres 195.0

Acres of cropland/tillable land 3.0

Acres of pasture 1.0

Property Description

An old mountain homestead at 3,600 ft. that was revived to combine traditional subsistence with sustainable permaculture practices. I farm in solidarity with indigenous cultures around the world while enjoying the personal and global rewards of a simple lifestyle. Part of the Southern Appalachian Conservancy protected land that is along the range of mountains that is connected to Roan Mt. and the Appalachian Trail.

Type of opportunity

  • Lease (5+ Years)
  • Internship / Mentorship
  • Incubator / Mentored Lease
  • Business Partnership

Type of opportunity - more info

To be gradually worked out with combined ideas and needs if our values and vision mesh along with passion and commitment to care for the land for seven generations to come as practiced by the Indigenous ancestors of this sacred place.

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Barn
  • Fencing
  • Farmer housing
  • Farm equipment

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

Wormy chestnut barn in good shape for storage and other possibilities for a few animals if confined from the orchard trees. Orchard is fenced with small side pasture surrounded by woods and old grown up land used for pasture and forage 80 years ago with rock piles. Pure watershed that goes to the top of the mountain at 5,000 feet. Spring fed Branch and several springs that could be diverted for building a pond. Small cabin available for 2 people without indoor plumbing and electricity. My farm house has only solar panels, composting toilet and outhouse. Rainwater collection. Old Bush hog type mower and scythe for mowing. Prefer hand tools as much as possible for light footprint. Log cabin

Current production on farm

  • Woodlot or forest products
  • Orchard
  • Vineyard
  • Field crops
  • Vegetable production
  • Poultry (Broiler/Layer)

Current production on farm - more info

50 apple trees, 18 varieties, some heirloom. Cherry and pear trees(5). 250 blueberry bushes, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, food forest in creation. Small grains( rye, amaranth, sorghum, millet, wheat), . Vegetables include peanuts,winter squash and dry beans as good market crops. Nut trees include filbert and black walnuts, hickory, maples, locust, poplar, oak. Forest medicinals, mushroom foraging, wild ginger and ginseng. Chickens .

Current and past farming practices

  • Ecological production but not certified

Current and past farming practices - more info

My practices are beyond organic in that I use no chemicals or products that are allowable even by organic standards. Foliar feed with fish emulsion and seaweed only. Follow as much as possible recommendations of Michael Phillips for a Holistic Orchard. Permaculture practices include swales and Hugel Kulture techniques. Intercropping with wildflowers to attract beneficial insects and birds. Companion planting under the trees and green manures and grains and humanure for alternative sources of fertility.