Virtual Lunch and Learn: Community Farm

When: Mar 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Topic: SAHC Lunch & Learn: Community Farm

You are invited to an informative virtual program to learn more about the many exciting programs and projects that happen at our SAHC Community Farm. The 140 acre Community Farm, located outside Asheville, is an educational site and working farm that provides a continually evolving home for conservation projects and agricultural production. Join us for this FREE informative and engaging presentation to learn more about it’s history, ongoing activities and why it serves as an important resource for our community.

Presented by Chris Link, Community Farm Manager and Tamarya Sims, Community Farm Associate.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Lunch and Learn: SAHC Community Farm

When: Thursday, February 6  from 12 – 1 pm

Where: SAHC Office, 372 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville — Conference Room

Located just 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, NC, the SAHC Community Farm is an educational site and working farm that provides a continually evolving home for conservation projects, agricultural production, and community celebrations. The 140-acre Community Farm is a nationally recognized model for environmentally-friendly land management and productive agriculture.

Join us for this informative and engaging presentation to learn more about it’s history, ongoing activities and why it serves as an important resource for our community.

Feel free to bring your own lunch for this “Lunch and Learn” presentation about the SAHC Community Farm. There will be future opportunities to visit and tour the farm.

FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. Please RSVP to or 828,253.0095 ext. 216

Volunteer Workday at the Community Farm

Date: Thursday, June 20th
Time: 10 – 2 pm
Where:  SAHC Community Farm

Join us this coming Thursday for a volunteer workday at our lovely Community Farm in Alexander, NC. This property provides a joint model of sustainable agriculture, environmental stewardship and community education. This property is so lovely that many invasive plants and vines have decided to call our fence line along Mag Sluder Road home. This Thursday we need your help in removing them!

What will we be doing?

Vegetation Management– Removing vines and invasive plants along the fence along Mag Sluder Road.

General clean-up– Collecting debris on the property

Basic Schedule

10:00 to 10:15 – Introduction, safety talk, etc. Volunteers will be briefed, divided into groups, and dispersed across the site

10:15- 12:30– Work in Groups. Volunteers will work with teams on a specific task with a designated leader.

12:30- 1:15– Lunch.  This will be a bring your own lunch situation but snacks will be provided for volunteers.

1:15- 2:00– Work in Groups. Volunteers will continue to work in teams to complete tasks.

2019 Community Farm Volunteer Work Day Sign Up

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From the Farm: January 2019

Our Community Farm Manager, Chris Link, blogs about updates from our Community Farm:

Greetings, all — from the winter quiet on the SAHC Community Farm in Alexander!

We enjoy the break in buzzing activity that comes every January. Not completely dormant by any means, this season for planning and taking stock is valuable in its own right.

While I can wax poetic about the meditative frosty mornings and the fun flurry of animals moving around (one resident fox is quite obvious in the still and monochrome landscape), there’s much work to be done on our ongoing projects here. We’re planning work in the stream restoration area which improves our water and habitat, preparing community kitchen space which will open to the public this spring (along with our new event venue!), and organizing many educational workshop offerings — including a controlled-burn to support the fledgling short-leaf pine habitat.

Headwaters Market Garden will be getting early spring crops seeded and growing in February.

We’re also hoping to expand our team of incubating farm businesses who grow and/or raise animals out here!  If you need to take the next step in your farm business, our Farmer Incubator Program is set up to support you.  We have many types of infrastructure for varying enterprises, staff technical support, access to the Organic Growers School Farm Beginnings training, social media and marketing support.

Click HERE to apply today.

Aloft Downtown Asheville Volunteers

We’d like to give a HUGE thank you to the terrific team of volunteers from Aloft Downtown Asheville who came out to work on our Community Farm on Tuesday, October 17. This energetic crew arrived ready to get their boots dirty and do some good! They helped our Headwaters Market Garden incubator farmers harvest carrots, beets and kale, wrapping up summer production in the fields and preparing to transition to cold-weather operations. Read more

XploreUSA Volunteers Help Shortleaf Pine

On Thursday, July 13, we welcomed a group of XploreUSA students to our Community Farm for a workday in the Shortleaf Pine reforestation area. The teen volunteers consisted of international exchange students along with some of their American host siblings. XploreUSA is a day camp which offers several language classes, fun activities, and meaningful weekly volunteer projects. The volunteer projects for this day included thinning of non-native invasive plant species and seeding Kentucky 31 Fescue grass and perennial flowers.

Read more

Girl Scouts Lead Farm Tour for Silver Award Project

On Wednesday, July 5th, SAHC AmeriCorps member Haley Smith and communications interns Tamia Dame and Fisayo Bashorun helped two local Girl Scouts fulfill a special goal – earning their Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can ear. Scouts Kylie and Gates had only one task left to complete before obtaining the award: leading a project which would leave a lasting impact on their community. The most meaningful way to do this, they decided, was to pass down the valuable lessons about land trust work to younger generations in a hands-on environment. Read more

Protecting Your Body on the Farm

On Sunday, June 25, we hosted an educational farm workshop titled “Protecting Your Biggest Asset on the Farm: Your Body” led by Jamie Davis from A Way of Life Farm. This is the second year we have hosted this informative workshop to teach farmers (and others) best practices for protecting crucial parts of our bodies from injuries related to tedious physical work. Jamie, a native of Polk County, NC, shared his background with injuries, along with tips for caring for one’s body. Read more

Evergreen School Farm Tour

Thanks to our visitors from Evergreen Community Charter School for coming out to tour the Discovery Trail at our Community Farm. Productive farming and a healthy, sustainable environment go hand-in-hand — and our Community Farm provides a trendsetting model to learn best management agricultural practices. We offer guided, educational farm tours throughout the year for groups of all ages. To find out more about the workshops and tours we offer through our farm and new Education Center, contact

SAHC’s Community Farm work is funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2016-70017-25341  for Farm Pathways:  Integrating Farmer Training with Land Access. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

YMCA Horizons group visits Community Farm

Although the skies loomed dark, rain held off long enough for students of the YMCA Horizons after school program to tour our Community Farm Discovery Trail on March 30. Chris Link, our Community Farm & Food Associate led the group of about 30 AC Reynolds Middle School kids to learn about resilient Pineywoods heritage breed cattle, crop rotation, winter vegetable production, stream restoration, erosion prevention, and shortleaf pine. Read more


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