by Rachel Wingo Driggers, Doko Farm volunteer
The day begins at Doko Farm with the sounds of several roosters crowing at the edge of the large pasture. From the top of the pasture, you can hear the quiet conversation of Buckeye and Americana hens and plaintive quacks of Cayuga and Saxony ducks begging to be let out of their safe hutch now that the sky is pink.
by Diana Vossbrinck
Cleopatra. Cinderella. Sokrates. They make interesting family portraits, covering the walls of the back parlor in Joe and Gloria Williams’ home. Joe points to each picture in turn, naming them with a twinkle in his eye, much like any proud papa. Displayed are the alpacas of Lucky Acres Farm, where these beautiful, gentle creatures are indeed a part of the family. Learn More
by Matt Ballard, CFSA intern
Millarckee Farm lies nestled in the lower hills and bottomland surrounding Cane Creek in southern Alamance County. The two cultivated acres show the untiring work of farmer Daniel Tolfree, who founded the farm thirty years ago. Upon visiting the farm, one quickly notices the quaint historic farmhouse beside a towering, century-old black walnut tree stretching out its burly limbs. The log-constructed barn across the way shelters his three goats. Here, Tolfree greeted me with wheel barrow in hand, heaping over with straw, in the middle of a sunny, winter day. Learn More
by Sarah Sinning, CFSA intern
Cheryl Ferguson and Ray Tuegel’s Plum Granny Farm is a 54-acre oasis amid the dwindling tobacco lands of old Stokes County. It is located about a half hour north of Winston-Salem and just south of the spectacular Hanging Rock State Park. Named for the unique and intricately beautiful passion flowers that grow wild all over the property, Plum Granny is certainly not your average Piedmont NC farm. So, of course, they can’t be expected to grow your everyday, run-of-the-mill produce. Learn More
by Jennifer Sparks
Tucked away just a short distance off Highway 123 in Liberty, South Carolina, a local mushroom farm has a big story to tell. Off a small side street, it sits back from the road and is easily missed the first time, but with one quick turnaround I found it and received a very warm welcome, both from the owners and one of the friendliest dogs on earth, appropriately named Enoki. Sitting down to a shaded picnic table with fresh cold watermelon slices and local blueberries, I was told the story behind this unique experiment that the owner and farmer/scientist believes can heal a plethora of human and environmental ills. The operation is Mushroom Mountain and the farmer/scientist is Tradd Cotter, who got his start in his late teens when his mother suggested he go to work on a local mushroom farm on John’s Island, SC. From the beginning, he was hooked and has been studying the art of identifying and cultivating mushrooms for over 15 years, spending the last 3 years building up his farm on its current site. The property includes “the world’s first interpretive mushroom farm” complete with walking trails, composting, and “mycogardening” demonstration areas, all of which we toured together and he described each in promising and expert detail.
by Christi Shi
Charlotte’s local food system faces significant challenges as development patterns continue to extend its rural-urban fringe outward from the population center. But in the face of these challenges, new opportunities are emerging. The local food system is showing signs of life and new producers and infrastructure initiatives are taking root. Learn More