Jesse Brown Road | Boone, NC
(863) 381-2106
sbhopton@gmail.com

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

 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.
 

Competitive Pricing:
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.

CHICKEN

$4.50/lb

per month

  • All Natural
  • Locally Sourced Feed
  • Free-Range
  • Sold Whole (3-5 lbs)
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Pork

$6.00+

per month

  • All Natural
  • Pastured
  • Variety of Sausages and Cuts
  • Individually packaged
  • All Natural
Buy Pork Now
Chicken & Duck Eggs

$5

per month

  • All Natural
  • Comes in dozen or half dozen
  • Free Range
  • Multi-Colored and Charming
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Quail

$10

per month

  • All Natural
  • Comes 2 per pack
  • Netted Pasture Available
  • Eggs Also Available
Buy Quail Now
Turkey

$6/lb

per month

  • Special Order & Lmtd. Qty.
  • Heritage Breeds By Request
  • Free Range
  • Fertilized Eggs Available
Available October 1

News Makers

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. 

Heartwood Farms Wins an Innovative IPM Grant

The Innovative IPM Grant is designed by the Ashe, Watauga, & Avery County Extension Centers in conjunction with NCA&T State University to help local fruit and vegetable growers in the[…]

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Heartwood Farms Supports Local Mountain Mermaids Nonprofit with Pork Donation

Mountain Mermaids, a local nonprofit that supports the arts, with a particular focus on kids in the high country will host its Spring Folic membership drive at Beth Carol’s River[…]

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Heartwood Farms Wins Ag Options Grant for Innovative Rabbitry/Vermicomposting Barn

MILLS RIVER, N.C.—Diversifying farmers in western North Carolina are receiving support to offset the risk of expanding and trying new ventures. WNC Agricultural Options awarded 39 farm businesses a total[…]

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Satisfied Customers

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

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.

Lane Wharton

Purchased Bourbon Red Turkey

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. 

Watch Video LINK TO RECIPES

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. 

VALUE

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.

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.

TASTE

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. 

#CheekyPigs

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.

WOOFERs WANTED

WOOFERS

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. 

Are you pickin’ up what we’re puttin’ down?

What We’re Listening To

We spend a lot of time in the car traveling to and from processing stations, visiting with other farmers to conduct our own research about farming in the age of climate change, and networking with advocates and farmers across our state a conferences. These are the podcasts we’re listening to in the car. We think you’ll like them.

Growing Local

Growing Local is a weekly audio series about local food and farms in the Southern Appalachians. It airs during Morning Edition on WNCW 88.7 each Monday at 8:50 a.m. Produced by ASAP, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Growing Local
Regenerative Agriculture

This is a show for professional growers who want to increase quality and yield — for growers and agronomists who want to learn about the science and principles of regenerative agriculture systems. For those who believe there are better ways to grow. 

Regenerative Agriculture
What Doesn’t Kill You

Food production is a curious business. It seems so straightforward, and yet it is so nuanced, layered, complex, and political. What Doesn’t Kill You; Food Industry Insights endeavors to identify and explain some of the key issues in our food system through interviews with journalists, authors, scientists, activists, and industry experts. Water rights, meat and agricultural production, food waste, labor issues, and new technologies are just some of the topics explored so we can better understand how to feed the future. 

What Doesn’t Kill You
This Green Earth

This Green Earth is a weekly, hour-long program that focuses on the environment and environmentalism. Co-hosts Christopher Cherniak and Nell Larson explore the science, politics, economics and ethics behind the environment, natural resources and sustainability. The program includes interviews with local and national experts in the fields of water resources, air quality, environmental policy, fossil and renewable fuels, climate, conservation, ecosystems, agriculture, aquaculture and sustainability.

This Green Earth
Stay in the Know

Trusted Sources for the Latest in Agro-Enviro News

We believe it’s important to stay informed and up-to-date on  best practices, climate changes, new legislation and innovations that support or hinder our connection to our food and the land. To that end, we’ve included sources we trust for the latest news and academic resources covering agriculture, conservation, and the environment. 

App Voices

Appalachian Voices is an American environmental organization based in Boone, North Carolina.

APP Voices
Climate Forward

What on Earth is going on? Sign up to get the NY Times’ latest stories and insights about climate change — along with answers to your questions and tips on how to help.

Climate Forward
The Hill Energy & Environment 

The Hill is one of the most trusted news sources in Washington.

The Hill
Living Planet Podcast

Every Thursday, a new episode of Living Planet brings you environment stories from around the world, digging deeper into topics that touch our lives every day.

Living Planet

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