COME STAY WITH US
Come take in the splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in your own sustainable Aframe built from reclaimed materials. We offer a special experience that includes stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the ability to pick your eggs in the morning, select from a variety of pastured meats raised on the farm for lunch and dinner, and attend various workshops on homesteading or just putter around the farm.
Available Fall, 2019.
In the meantime, stay at our Air BnB and support our expansion.
BUY PASTURED MEATS
Purchase our pasture-raised pork, rabbit, and poultry/egg products directly or through the High Counry Food Hub. You can find our products carried at local restaurants including The Gamekeeper and Hatchet Coffee. All our products are US or NCDA certified and labeled and our animals are pastured on land rehabilitated using sustainable and humane husbandry practices.High Country Food Hub
COME LEARN WITH US
Heartwood is a teaching farm.
We participate in local educational events and workshops throughout the year designed for practitioners interested in learning introductory permaculture practices; the business & marketing aspects of market gardening, backyard husbandry & butchery, and Appalachian craft & cuisine. See what’s new, or schedule a visit by emailing us.
HIGH COUNTRY FARMERS
We support, work with, and share the agricultural ethics of
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture &
High Country Food Hub.
Local Craft Meats & Eggs
We respect and love all our livestock and how we riase them reflects our commitments to care and compassion. Our animals are raised naturally, which means they consume grass, bugs, nuts, and fresh vegetables suplemented by nutritious feed fortified with essential vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. We use OMRI-labeled, organic pest management products and keep our animals clean, healthy, and happy with access to runs, pastures, paddocks and all-natural supplements and herbal medicines when necessary.
- All Natural
- Locally Sourced Feed
- Sold Whole (3-5 lbs)
- All Natural
- Access to Runs
- Limited Quantities Available
- Sold Whole (3.25-3.75 lbs)
- All Natural
- All Natural
- Variety of Sausages and Cuts
- Individually packaged
- All Natural
Chicken & Duck Eggs
- All Natural
- Comes in dozen or half dozen
- Free Range
- Multi-Colored and Charming
- All Natural
- Comes 2 per pack
- Netted Pasture Available
- Eggs Also Available
- Special Order & Lmtd. Qty.
- Heritage Breeds By Request
- Free Range
- Fertilized Eggs Available
Heartwood Farms is a teaching farm and as part of its mission, we use our backgrounds as social-science researchers and college teachers to find and solve problems related to regenerative agriculture, temperate climate/mountain permaculture, and sustainability in general.
Sometimes, our workshops, experiments and projects make headlines.
Our pork, poultry and produce is pretty damn good.
But don’t take our word for it. Hear what our customers have to say.
I have never had a better rib off our smoker. I cooked a shoulder for the neighbor and they could tell the difference and said they liked it better than the other shoulders we’ve done before. Your pork is definately more tender than the typical injected pig. You can actually pull the pork without it becoming tringy, which is important if it’s coming across a judge’s table. Your pork also had a lot less unnecessary fat and it had an overall smokier taste. We are super happy with the outcome.
Jiggy with the Piggy BBQ Judge
OMG this sausage is amazing, your eggs are adorable, and your prices are super reasonable considering it’s all natural. I want to make it part of my regular egg order.
Those pork chops were some of the best I’ve ever had. The recipe you sent along with it was perfect. We drank a buttery chardonay with it and it paired really well with that ginger-pecan glaze. Can’t wait to get and cook more.
Food Hub Customer
It was perfect. Not dry at all and it was very flavorable when finished. I did not brine, but did a rub of seasoning, and then rubbed with olive oil and left uncovered in the fridge overnight. An 8.5 pound bird was in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. It finished tender and moist. The veggies and drip at the bottom of the pan, with a little flour and stock made a wonderful gravy.
Purchased Bourbon Red Turkey
Why Choose Heartwood Farms?
Heartwood Farms produces craft pork, poultry, rabbit, eggs and market garden vegetables for our local community in the High Country on land developed using regenerative agricultural practices. We never use pesticides or chemicles and treat all our “franimals” with the love and respect they deserve and you expect.
Our mission is to bring quality food that isn’t fooled with to the High Country. We believe good food should be affordable, so we pinch every penny to bring you quality, pastured meat and market vegetables that won’t break the bank.
REGENERATIVE & SUSTAINABLE
We don’t just teach regenerative agricultural principles on our farm; we live them. Whether integrating rain catchment, chicken tractors, forest management or composting, we practice the permaculture principle of “waste nothing.” When you support our farm, you’re supporting these agricultural ethics.
We’re working on various certifications presently, but we raise, care for, dispatch and process our animals humanely. Our pork, rabbit and poultry live out their days on pasture, sunshine and belly rubs.
All our animals are pastured and eat the things they’re meant to eat: bugs, grains, acorns & fresh veggies. This results in good texture, balanced marbeling, sane weights, and a difference you can actually taste.
We’re a lean mean farming machine, and always looking for a few good (wo)men. Interested in farming, permaculture, and sustainable agriculture? Drop us a line. We may be a fit for a summer, spring or fall farm/work stay.
Dr. Sarah B Hopton
Author, Professor and Sometimes Pig Wrangler
She writes. She teaches. And sometimes, she wrestles pigs. Sarah Beth manages all farm husbandry at Heartwood, as well as sales, marketing, and business administration. She holds a Permacultre Design certification from Spiral Ridge and teaches Environmental Rhetoric & Technical Communication at Appalachian State University.
Dr. Nolan Belk
Jedi-Level Egg Sitter
Nolan is the builder of all things. He builds hutches, barns, greenhouses, houses — you name it — he can build it! When he’s not innovating new building designs for the animals or stringing fence, he’s nurturing a passion for science fiction and Hatchet’s dark roast, teaching Literature at Wilkes Community College and Chairing the WCC English Department.
Erik & Michaela
Erik & Michaela are our day-to-day right hands. They take care of the animals when we’re working our full-time jobs to pay for our farming habits. They live in a sweet little camper at the top of our farm ridge, equipped with power and water, enjoying the best views and #farmlife in Boone.
We’re looking for determined, interested, eager WOOFERs for our 2019 spring, summer, and fall season. Our woofing encampment is outfitted with hot and cold, gas-powered water, a swanky outhouse and raised, insulated camping paddocks that are easy to heat and cool and come with a spectacular wooded view.
Apply through WOOFUSA.
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