Date: Friday, September 22nd
Time: 12:00 pm
Where: SAHC Community Farm
Distance: 2.5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Several steep inclines are present on the trail.
Free. Open to the public.
Join us at the SAHC Community Farm for Part Two of this special Lunch & Learn series to hike along our Discovery Trail and spend extra time at the Utopian Seed Project’s experimental farm plots. During this visit you will have the opportunity to see the crops that are growing and hear from Utopian Seed Project Executive Director and Founder Chris Smith about his vision for an engaged community of growers, gardeners, farmers, foodies, cooks, chefs and everyone who embraces regional biodiversity and believe in a resilient, delicious and equitable food and farming system.
This outing is Part 2 of a 2-part series, with a Virtual Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, September 19 at 12:00 p.m. You are not required to sign up for both, but it is recommended. Register separately for the virtual introductory program HERE.
Our Community Farm is a 140-acre educational and working farm just outside Asheville. The farm is a continually evolving home for conservation projects and agricultural production. Highlighted by our stream restoration project, shortleaf pine reforestation project, farm incubator program, silvopasture project, and education center, there is always something new to see.
Participants can hike The Discovery Trail in a 2.5-mile loop allowing us to view all of the amazing farm projects before returning to the parking area. Or you can just visit the first part of the tour and return to the parking lot. The walk from the parking lot to the farm plot is about 10-15 minutes on a relatively flat trail. Participants are welcome to bring snacks and water to enjoy as we venture across the farm property.
Please note that our Community Farm is an active farm not open to the public unless accompanied by SAHC staff. To ensure safety, staff capacity, and a positive experience for everyone involved it is critical that ALL hike participants pre-register for events before visiting the farm. You will receive an email with specific information about where to meet on the farm and other necessary details. If you do not receive this email, as well as a confirmation email following your registration, we do not have you registered for the hike. The majority of this hike is not disability accessible.