Notes for attendees:
- Make sure to bring a cooler or insulated bag to take home your meat portions.
- Our Farm Store will be open for a private shopping experience if you want to stick around post-snack and pick up a few more essentials.
Virginia received her BS in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College and her MS in Land Resources & Environmental Science from Montana State University. Prior to completing her MS, she was the assistant farm manager at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC for five years. She is interested in the ecology of working lands and any and all opportunities to invite landowners and community members to participate in the scientific process. She believes that working farms and forests are the key to thriving and resilient rural communities that are poised to support the communities around them.
Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Kelly has worked in various butcher shops around the Asheville area since 2016. She is passionate about the people and land of Southern Appalachia, and is currently working as a butcher at Hickory Nut Gap while also getting her Masters of Divinity at Duke University. It is her ultimate hope to bi-vocationally serve rural areas as both a whole animal butcher and a pastor. Kelly’s favorite cut of meat is the bavette steak, and she believes that one of life’s simple pleasures is pulling the flat iron steak clean off the bone of a beef forequarter.