Jesse Brown Road | Boone, NC
(863) 381-2106

Craft Meat & Market Vegetables Grown on Regenerated Land.

Heartwood Farms is a homestead-farm and farmstay located in Meat Camp, a primitive meat packing area used to smoke, cure, and store meat since before the Revolutionary War. We sell our pastured meat and market vegetables directly, at farmer's markets, and through partnerships with local farms and the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture's Food Hub. We practice, teach, and invite others to experience the benefits of regenerative agriculture, pastured meat, and sustainable living.


 Come stay with us in a charming, fully equipped 400 sq foot sustainable cabin. Here we offer stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and 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. Available Fall, 2019.


Purchase our pasture-raised pork, rabbit, and poultry/egg products directly, through our CSA partners, 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 regenerative practices.

High Country Food Hub

We offer several day and weekend-long intensive workshops designed for practitioners interested in learning introductory permaculture practices; the business & marketing aspects of market gardening, backyard husbandry & butchery, and Appalachian craft & cuisine.  These intensive workshops are hands-on and highly customized. Schedules for 2019 will be posted in January.


We suppor, work with, and share the agricultural ethics of  
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture & 
High Country Food Hub.

Competitive Pricing:
Local Craft Meats & Eggs

Our animals are raised naturally, which means they consume grass, bugs, nuts, and fresh vegetables suplemented by non GMO feed. 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.



per month

  • All Natural
  • Non GMO Feed
  • Locally Sourced Feed
  • Pasture Raised
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per month

  • All Natural
  • Pastured
  • Non GMO Feed
  • Whole/Half Hogs Available
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Chicken Eggs


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  • All Natural
  • Available at Hatched Coffee
  • Free Range
  • Charming
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Duck Eggs


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  • All Natural
  • Available at Hatchet Coffee
  • Free Range
  • Blue and White
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  • Special Order; Lmtd. Qty.
  • Heritage Breeds
  • Free Range
  • Fertilized Eggs Available
Available October 1


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.

Jack Lewis

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.

Erika Cary

CSA Customer

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.

Adam Sanders

Food Hub Customer

Foodie Fun:
Recipe of the Week

This week we offer several recipes for cooking rabbit, brought to you by one of our favorite homesteading sites: Morning Chores. Here, you’ll find 31 ways to prepare this heart-healthy homestead favorite. 


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.


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. 


Our porkers are true hams. But then, so are our donkeys, goats, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, & chickens.
We hope you enjoy these images of #farmlife as much as we enjoyed taking them.

Our Team

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

Farm Hands

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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