Alternative Crops Field Day

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 Please join the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Avery County for an Alternative Crops Field Day on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 4–6 p.m. Participants will tour Skye Farm, which is located at 1510 Old Beech Mountain Road, Elk Park, NC 28622.

Skye Farm was awarded a WNC AgOptions grant by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to construct a Lavender Venue Garden. The field day will start off showcasing the lavender venue project and discussing the WNC AgOptions grants that are available to area residents.

During the field day, there will be a guided walking tour to highlight the farm’s many features that include raised garden beds with various flowers and vegetables, a 1/3-acre hops yard, and hemp production. Additionally, there will be discussion on wild-crafted herbs to dry and sell, organic cultural practices, raised bed construction, soil management, hemp production, and crop viability for our area.

After the guided tour, the farm will be open to self-guided walking tours. Charles King, Farm Manager, will be available to discuss all aspects of the farm operation.

Don’t miss the opportunity to observe the success of alternative crops being grown in Avery County!

For additional information, please contact Bill Hoffman, Extension Agent at 828-733-8270.