A Weekly Account of Life on the Fairview Farm

By: Asher Wright

Weekly update: June 23rd – June 28th, 2019

  • We finished the final touches on the apple sprayer and got it 100% dialed in this week. It worked beautifully today and we have a lot of apples in the orchard. I’m really excited about the late summer and fall harvest.
  • Blueberries are continuing to produce well and U-Pick was on for today and tomorrow.
  • Crew got a mow in the orchard to keep the tall grass down, great work Eli and Ian.
  • We borrowed a plow from some friends of ours so we can plow up the corn maze after the event this weekend. Corn seed for the maze will be in the ground within 2 weeks
  • The mamas with baby piglets are all doing well and the piglets are growing nicely. We will be weaning one litter from our beloved Sow (female pig), next week, her name is Banana, thanks Nora.
  • We got some Farm Crew Only signs put up on the road through the farm shop area.
  • We process chickens every Wednesday but this week was cut short by a broken electrical wire on the plucker, Ian repaired the plucker today with a replacement plug, go Ian!
  • We turned our compost pile and mixed in some wood chips to add a little carbon to our nitrogen. Ideal C:N ratio in compost is 20:1 respectively. This prevents it from stinking and gives all the microbes the carbon they need make a well balanced compost. We will continue to improve our composting operation and eventually be able to spread it back on our pastures.
  • The cattle are grazing in the chamomile pasture and are looking great. The pastures ahead of the cows have good forage (grasses, legumes, forbes, google it) and that’s great for us. It’s always a gamble with the rain and we are getting just the amount we need when we need it. Keep those fingers crossed.
  • I have been working on a budget for a few capital investment items for the farm that we hope to make within the next couple of years.
  • The final work of the week has been hustling to get the Farm to Fork Fondo event space ready. The team has weed whacked, set up parking spaces, organized the sawmill pasture, mowed the corn maze field for parking, fixed ruts leading into the field, and overall had a great attitude when putting on our event planning hats and taking off our farmer hats.

The Inaugural Post 6/22/19

By: Asher Wright
As the week comes to an end I wanted to take the time to send you an email updating you to all the things we have going on on the farm. I’m planning on sending one of these out each week at the end of the week to keep everyone in the loop. I’ll miss a week here and there throughout the year but will look forward to getting you all this weekly update.
On occasion I may be compelled to write the farm update in beautiful prose but typically I will use a bulleted format so you can quickly read the highlights of what is going on.
  • Farrowing has begun! What’s farrowing? Well, it’s the verb for when a female pig (Sow) has babies. We have 3 litters on the ground and 2 more expected for this farrowing cycle. The sows are up by the berries, each with their own house, bedded with straw, to keep those little buddies cozy and comfy. This group of sows is called “The Rowdy Bunch” because some of the moms are quite protective. Please do not approach the pens if you go visit, you’ll see why if you do 😉
  • We just finished processing our 3rd batch of broiler chickens. Batches 4 and 5 are in the field and Batch 6 and 7 are in the brooder house by the farm core. Our birds are dressing around 5.7# on average now.
  • The Cattle herd is split into 2 herds with the Brood Cows and their calves down at Rutherfordton and the yearlings and finishing beef cattle up in Fairview. We just sent 6 beef animals to the processor this week which also included a couple of animals for the North Asheville Tailgate Market, our customers will be thrilled. Thanks to the recent rain and cold front and these great cool season pasture growing conditions, the forage ahead of the cattle is looking good!
  • The U-pick berries have begun with 2 successful picking periods behind us. Last week and this week has yielded about 43# of berries so far.
  • The farm crew has been working hard doing daily chores, maintaining the grounds, weed whacking the berries, upgrading the apple sprayer, repairing and servicing the bush hog, organizing and cleaning out the shop, hauling pigs and cattle, and much more. If you see Eli, Josh, Walker, or Ian around, thank them for their hard work! They are doing great.
  • Last but not least, we opened up our grower pigs into a new fresh pig paddock that’s approximately 2 acres. We will be rotating them to different paddocks (slices of a field) in the Sawmill pasture every couple of weeks.
I hope everyone has a great weekend, and until next time…

A Personal Account of History and Family Tradition

When you farm land that has been passed down through generations, a vibrant sense of community and history oozes through the pores of daily life. We try our best to communicate how special this little farm in Fairview is and how it came to be, but sometimes hearing it from someone outside the walls offers a heart-warming perspective.  Katherine Calhoun Cutshall, a librarian at Pack Memorial Library shared a similar fond memory of this place we know as Hickory Nut Gap Farm.  Click Here to read her personal story.