Sunday, July 26, 2015

Our Pollination Habitat is at Full Bloom!And

I just have to say, "Is this a place you would like to visit?"  How can you say no?

Our farm is at full bloom and open to the public every Saturday at 1 PM.  And don't forget we are on the ASAP Family Farm Tour Sept. 19-20 featuring Nancy Adamson representing the Xerces Society. Check out this link for more info.
 http://www.xerces.org/2015/07/24/appalachian-sustainable-agriculture-project-asap-farm-tour-black-mountain-nc/

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hop Harvest, Blueberries, Pollinators, And Monarchs

Our hop harvest was completed on June 30 after five hours of picking.  All of our hops this year were delivered to Lookout Brewing Company where they were added to the boil two hours after the pick.  Talk about fresh!  Can't wait to try this release which should be in about 3 weeks.

Our blueberry season is coming to a close soon.  We finally did open up and had around 20 pickers come through and they seem to get more than the birds usually do.  

We had several families come to enjoy an outing together while picking buckets of blueberries.  Everyone seem to have a great time.  We still have about another week or so left so if you want to come out, give us a call.

Now is the time that all three of our pollinator fields and our native flowering hedgerow are really starting to glow with flowers and bees.
We also have lots of butterflies in the butterfly house as well as 50 brand new monarchs that are just now hatching!  It is truly a beautiful time of the year to visit our farm.  So much to see, so many pictures to take.  Plan on coming soon. You won't forget it.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Flag Day Camp Tours Farm

It was a good day today ,and is always a good day, when we are privileged to sponsor a special group of extremely talented kids from the Flag Camp in Fletcher, NC.  Flag Camp is a day camp that has seen a lot of activity already this summer and today we let them find out what our farm is all about.

We set up four stations on the farm to allow the 52 kids and 17 counselors to better understand what the essence of farming is all about, and that is pollination.  Starting with blueberry picking the four groups spent around 15 minutes picking before going on to the butterfly house, then to the pollinator maze, and finally to the seed bomb and bee hotel crafting center.
The butterfly house still had a couple of monarchs and 4 other native species of butterflies as well as some monarch caterpillars that held the attention of even almost everyone. Including this lucky girl that I let correctly hold her first monarch ever.

The craft area allowed the kids to make "seed bombs" and add to the "Bee Hotel".  Seed bombs are a clay and compost mixture with flower seeds inside are a convenient way to start flowering plants so necessary for pollinators.
Overall, it was a very fun day and ole "Farmer Van" probably had the most fun!