Working family farmstead – Asheville area

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County: Transylvania

Location: Turkey Pen, Pisgah Forest

Total acres 15.0

Acres of cropland/tillable land 1.5

Acres of pasture 3.5

Acres of unfenced pasture 1.5

Type of opportunity

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

Type of opportunity - more info

Seeking stable, long-term partnership with a dedicated, experienced farmer who can help us expand on what we have built. Interested in someone who wants to add mushrooms, row crops, develop an orchard, berry operation, perhaps medicinal herbs, etc.... Or whatever! Willing to mentor the right individual(s) in the disciplines we already have in progress, to grow the existing operation. Also willing to help manifest your specialty, let’s make food! EAT LOCAL! We capitalize on this, and sell into Asheville’s high end restaurant market. Homestead on 15 acres , We have room for a proven partner’s tiny home or trailer, with available utilities and septic so as to live on property.

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Barn
  • Fencing
  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Livestock facilities
  • Farmer housing
  • Processing facilities

Equipment & infrastructure - more info

We have a number of purpose built barns for the meat animal and chicken operations. We have about 5 1/2 acres under wire to pasture goats and sheep. Ample water systems including two flowing streams and two wells on property. Being mainly a meat operation, we don’t have large farming equipment, no tractor, just an old farm truck and a 4WD Polaris that we use for spreading manure and toting things around up and down hills etc. We do have a fair number of hand tools and do most routine homesteading chores such as felling trees, splitting firewood etc. The interested partner will be bring own or prepared to purchase the required equipment for their specialty.

Current production on farm

  • Fallow
  • Hay or pasture
  • Sheep/Goat (Dairy/Meat)

Current production on farm - more info

GOATS We currently raise Boer Kiko cross meat goats for sale on the hoof to the Asheville area consumer. We currently have only about a dozen kids for sale annually. Our goal with building our recent kidding barn and animal management facility, is to build the herd to the point that we can take animals for outside processing and actually sell goat meat into existing markets. We practice mob grazing/pasture rotation with appropriate watering systems / irrigation, using net fencing. We are positioned to increase meat goat or sheep production 100% to 200% with the right partner. OTHER MEAT We also have a number of other meat production options which we can review later.

Current and past farming practices

  • Conventional

Current and past farming practices - more info

We practice a low impact conventional farming operation, again we don’t have heavy equipment because we have not been tilling the soil. With the animal management practices we utilize, we have robust but limited production with the foundation stock we have on site, and again all of this can be increased exponentially with the right partner. In the past this valley was used to grow silage corn and other inputs for the calf feeder operation. Most of the balance of this property has been developed into 5 acre tracts, although we do adjoin a 17 acre Homestead with no current agricultural production and a fair amount of pasture that might be leased for use as row crops or pasture.

Additional aspects

Located across from Pisgah National Forest, with hiking and horse trails etc. Brevard area is just down the road, known for numerous breweries, great people and an outdoor lifestyle. Many of us who enjoy farming have found a way of being a part-time farmer and a full-time “X” you fill in the “X”. Many times you’ve got to have a regular full-time job in order to be a farmer part-time, right? That’s OK with us, and that’s what we do here. Bottom line is we’re looking at this time for the right partner or perhaps working couple to help us build on what we’ve put in place. Get a hold of us and let’s talk on the phone and see where it goes from there , okay?