Daffodil Spring Farm is new. Established in January, 2017 by Dave Walker. It is my first step into farming. But, the past envelopes it. Above is a photo of some daffodils by the mountain farmhouse where my grandmother was born. Daffodils come up before our last snow. They're hopeful and tell us that the mountains will soon be green again, full of new vibrant colors. I'm excited about this new adventure and hope that you will join along!
Daffodil Spring practices regenerative agriculture and holistic land management. This means that pigs are frequently rotated every two weeks to fresh grass. What the pigs have rooted up is sowed with a cover crop mixture of buckwheat, red clover, and beets in the spring and summer and winter wheat and red clover in the fall. This builds our soil and provides food for the animals.
Daffodil Spring sources its Tamworth/Old Spot cross pigs from Melinda Brown of Never Ending Farm in Sugar Grove, NC, an Animal Welfare Approved farmer.
To supplement the pigs' food, they are fed a GMO-free pig feed diet, by hand, twice a day, There is always fresh, clean water available and ample room for them to root and graze. Feeding them by hand, allows us to assure that they remain healthy and makes them easier to work with and better natured.
We are proud to be an Animal Welfare Approved Farm!
Daffodil Spring leases land at the the FIG Farm in Valle Crucis's pastoral Upper Valley. A part of the High Country of Western North Carolina, Valle Crucis is located about 20 minutes outside of Boone, NC in the Blue Ridge of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
The FIG Farm is designed to provide beginning farmers with a relatively low-risk entry avenue for new producers by providing land, production and marketing infrastructure to help farmers establish lasting farm enterprises in the High Country.
The FIG Farm property is owned by the Valle Crucis Conference Center and is under a long-term conservation easement with Blue Ridge Conservancy.
Within sight of my grandmother's homeplace, the FIG Farm affords Daffodil Spring with established infrastructure and shared equipment.
Where Can I Find Daffodil Spring Farm?
The Boone Winter Farmers' Market offers an indoor retail space to local farmers and producers during the winter months and provides community members an opportunity to continue to access quality, local products from December through April, when many other venues are not available.
The market takes place at the Watauga Agricultural Conference Center, in Boone, every 1st and 3rd Saturday, 9am-12pm. The Watauga Agricultural Conference Center is located at 252 Poplar Grove Road Boone, NC 28607. Click here to follow its Instagram.
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