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Community Farm Updates

SAHC’s 140-acre Community Farm hosts beginning farm businesses, educational workshops, and service learning experiences. The site includes a Farmer-Incubator Program, stream restoration and shortleaf pine reforestation projects, educational Discovery Trail (which can be visited by appointment), a bee yard, and indoor and outdoor space for special events. It’s a working model that blends productive agriculture with educational opportunities and community engagement.

Tamarya SimsWelcome Tamarya Sims, Community Farm Associate!

Tamarya (she/they) joined SAHC as full-time Community Farm Associate in June. They graduated from UNC Asheville with a degree in Environmental Studies, and after college pursued environmental education and learning how to grow food. They served at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through American Conservation Experience and at the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm through CTNC AmeriCorps. Tamarya loves teaching, photography, gardening, herbalism, beekeeping, raising chickens, and driving the SAHC tractor. Most of all, they are passionate about food justice and making farm and garden education accessible to all people. Read more

¡Caminata Polinizadora!

Fecha: Miércoles, Mayo 15
Tiempo: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Donde: Granja Comunitaria de SAHC
Dificultad: Moderoda — 2 millas de ida y vuelta, 145′ ganancia de elevación
Costo: GRATIS

Está cordialmente invitado a la caminata polinizadora! organizada por la Organización de la Conservación del Sur de Appalachia (Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy o SAHC) y el Dr. Gerardo Arceo-Gomez de ETSU. Esta caminata educativa se llevara acabo en nuestra Granja Comunitaria de 135-hectareas que proporciona un modelo conjunto de sustentabilidad medioambiental y agricultura productiva. Durante la caminata los participantes pueden aprender sobre polinizadores y sus papeles en la funcion del ecosistema con la aportacion del profesor de biología Dr. Arceo-Gomez (para mas informacion ver su sitio web, y su perfil a ETSU). Este caminata sera realizada en Español. Por favor de registrarse proporcionando su informacion en el espacio de abajo.

 

English translation:

You are cordially invited to attend the Pollinator Hike organized by SAHC and Dr. Gerardo Arceo-Gomez from ETSU. This educational hike will take place on our 135-acre Community Farm that provides a joint model of environmental sustainability and productive agriculture. During the hike participants can learn about pollinators and their roles in the functioning of an ecosystem with the assistance of Biology professor Dr. Arceo-Gomez (for more information see his website and ETSU profile). This hike will take place in Spanish. Please register providing your information in the space below.

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SAHC Outreach AmeriCorps Leads OLLI Hiking Course

As a part of our ongoing efforts to connect people with the land we have protected, we are constantly working to expand SAHC’s partner organizations to educate new groups by bringing them to our Community Farm or other properties that we have protected. This spring, SAHC’s AmeriCorps Outreach Member, Haley Smith, partnered up with UNC-Asheville’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program to lead one of several new hiking courses.

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Headwaters Market Garden

We welcome Will and Savannah Salley of Headwaters Market Garden, new vegetable producers on our Community Farm. Their operation focuses on growing seasonal mixed vegetables and culinary herbs. Will and Savannah recently returned to the Carolinas after living in Maui, Hawaii and are launching their new  market garden business through participation in our Farmer Incubator Program.

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Sparrow Hill Farm

The hearty pineywoods cattle on our Community Farm have interesting personality quirks, according to farmer Gina Raicovich. The herd has been growing, with eight cow-calf pairs currently thriving. Gina has diversifed her Sparrow Hill Farm agricultural enterprise and is looking for grazing land for the herd after her time in our Farmer Incubator Program.

“It’s been really fun to watch how they function as a herd,” says Gina. “They are very good natured and have basic instincts that seem more like a free-range herd. I watched one mother give birth, and then every other cow came over and licked the baby, helping out while the mother recovered. I haven’t seen other cattle do that. At other times, I’ve seen them take turns as one mom ‘babysits’ all the calves while the other cows graze. They can be very inquisitive and charismatic, too.” Read more

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