The Organic Training Farm Tour

Our advanced organic training, with educators from NC, AL, and AR, started out this morning at New Sprout Farm in Black Mountain. Michael Porterfield explained how they produce certified organic produce on a large scale and get their products in local supermarkets such as Ingles.

After several hours at New Sprout Farm we headed over to Black Bird Cafe in Black Mountain for a delightful lunch on their patio. I had a delicious open-faced turkey sandwich with melted brie. Yum.

Our next farm visit was at Red Wing Farm where the farmers, Beth and Christopher, impressed our group with all they grow and accomplish on their small farm. They produce lots of bedding plants, vegetables and herbs in the spring, and all kinds of vegetables during the growing season. With the help of several interns, they manage to grow beautiful produce, dairy goats, chickens, and ducks.

Our final visit was to Cane Creek Asparagus Co. & CSA. Glenda amazed us all as she explained how only her and her husband farm enough vegetables to serve a 80 family CSA. That's all they do and they take great pride in doing it properly.

We completed our day with a most delightful and delicious dinner at Laurey's in Asheville. Juicy fried chicken breasts, a very tasty sweetpotato dish, cole slaw, biscuits, fruit salad and their signature brownies. It was wonderful.

Now to rest up for another full day tomorrow.

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