Eat it like you mean it

farm & forage

Our farm was not a farm when we got here. The property was beautiful, but had been heavily impacted by poor management since the 1960’s. We started with home remodels and small gardens, intent on making the homestead more sustainable and growing as much of our own food as possible. As we grew our homestead, our gardens got bigger and more productive. As we grew our business, we started doing production farming for the farmers market and restaurants.

We have built all of our soils and terraces by hand, utilizing ancient techniques Sara was exposed to in Ecuador. Farming on steep mountain land is hard, and can be incredibly destructive to the environment due to erosion and sedimentation. We have successfully turned steep slope into level and rich soil that was not here before we started farming. We partner with the Wedge Brewery in Asheville to collect their spent beer grains, keeping them out of the waste stream, and compost them into beautiful organic soils. Healing the land is a gift, creating vibrant soils on our property is a legacy we are proud to leave to future generations.

teaching foraging
harvesting carrots
green plants fruiting in greenhouse dome
Sara of Sustainabillies looking at kitchen garden

We utilize organic and biodynamic farming techniques. We never spray petroleum products or harsh chemicals on our farm. It is important to our farm system, and to our bodies, to stay free of contamination. By keeping contaminants out of our system, we can allow for soils to teem with life and our pollinators can live without the stresses of chemical exposure. Utilizing natural preparations of nutrients and plant material, we create a system that yields nutrient dense foods with amazing flavors in a more intensive space. We use low-till and no-till techniques to reduce erosion and plant perennials so we minimize soil disruption. Most of our farming is done by hand, never bringing a tractor into our planting beds to compact our soils and disrupt our system. We find a deep connection to our life mission when we work with our hands in the soil.

Our farm is very unique in that it is surrounded by preserved forest land. We are lucky to have intact forests around our farm because it gives us a healthy farm ecosystem and all of the associated ecosystem services. We utilize nature on our farm and work in concert with natural processes, a technique called permaculture. We plant native plants and encourage native pollinators and birds to provide us with their help on our farm. We mimic the surrounding ecosystem instead of trying to control it and subdue it. Another advantage of healthy forests is the ability to forage. Being a trained botanist, Sara can find food in the woods for the family and to share with our customers. We allow many wild foods to grow in the margins of our farm, providing us with nutrient dense food and providing wildlife with resources to reduce their consumption of our cultivated produce.

harvesting lettuce at Sustainabillies
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greenhouse dome

Permaculture incorporates wise planning on the farm and structures as well as the gardens. We have incorporated appropriate technologies; solar hot water, water catchment, and PV solar panels to power our home and shop. Our cold storage is bermed into the hillside, reducing the energy needs it has. Our home, originally built in the 1940s, has been completely remodeled to make it incredibly sustainable for a structure of its age. Our three greenhouses, including a geodesic dome, allow us to grow food year-round and create beautiful spaces for us to enjoy even in the deepest winter. The passive solar greenhouse on the front of our home has reduced our energy needs as well as provided hot water heating and a guest space.

Plant Starts

All of our starts are grown from seed on our farm and are strong and healthy plants grown with love. Our plants are grown with certified organic soils and fertilizers.

Enka-Candler Tailgate Market on Thursday afternoons
Haywood Historic Farmers Market (Waynesville) on Saturday mornings.
You can also find our plants at Riverview Farm and Garden in Canton, NC

Farm visits can be scheduled by appointment for educational purposes and for acquisition of metal work, plants, and produce.

Haywood Historic Farmers Market sign

2020 Plant List

summer CSA box side view rainbow chard blueberries mint purple perilla oregano dill beet
CSA boxes
summer CSA box garlic rhubarb carrot butter lettuce portobello oregano romaine

CUCUMBERS & EGGPLANTS

Cucumber, Mexican Sour Gherkin - small cuke the size of a grape. Sweet and tangy ready to pop in your mouth or a salad, makes super cute pickles, prolific plant

Cucumber, Poona Kheera- Indian heirloom white cuke that turns golden brown as it ripens. Lacks astringency and is perfect for salads and yogurt dips.

Eggplant, Early Black - quick producer, smaller dark purple eggplant

Eggplant, Morten - container appropriate, small plant with small dark eggplants

Eggplant, Ping Tung - Long and skinny Asian style, light purple with white flesh

Eggplant, Rosa Bianca - round striped with mild flesh, baseball to softball sized

CSA box

FLOWERS

Beebalm - native in the mint family, flowers look like fireworks and are loved by butterflies and hummingbirds

Calendula - beautiful orange flowers with medicinal value, hardy annual

Echinacea purpurea- medicinal native with large purple flowers- small, will be in four packs

Mexican Mint Marigold - drought tolerant marigold with tiny flowers, great for containers

Nasturtium - classic heirloom garden flower, every part is edible and spicy, excellent for pollinators

Common Milkweed-native, monarch food source, large, sensuous, pink flowers. This plant will spread, so make sure to plant it in an area where a patch can develop. 

Sweet William-old time heirloom flower with beautiful clusters of bright flowers, pollinator plant

Sunflowers– beautiful open flowers of several varieties. We primarily grow smaller, dwarf varieties so they will behave well in the garden. We also make sure to choose varieties with pollen and nectar so they are good for pollinators.

custom blacksmithing decoration
sunflower

Herbs

Sage - Common-classic sage, perennial

Tulsi - Ayurvedic herb, makes amazing tea, minty sweet and spicy flavor, our favorite herb, annual

chickweed

SWEET PEPPERS

Aji Dulce – tiny peppers, smoky, daydream of spice,  excellent for stuffing small plants

Corno di toro - long red horn pepper, daydream of spice, classic roasting pepper of Spain

Golden CA Wonder - blocky sweet golden bell

Jolanda - sweet little pale pepper, very productive

King of the North - smaller blocky red bells, productive in cooler weather

bell peppers from Sustainabillies

Mello Star – Shishito pepper, amazing for roasting and cooking, very productive

Mini Red Bell – tiny sweet red container peppers, great for kids

Pepperocini – a little spicy, classic pickling pepper from Italy

Purple Beauty – blocky sweet purple bell

Sheepnose – thick walled pimento style pepper, super sweet, smaller but makes up for it

Sweet Banana – classic tangy sweet pepper, long, yellow-orange color

colorful vegetables

HOT PEPPERS

Cayenne – classic medium heat long pepper, great for drying pickling

Fish – African heirloom of Jamaican Jerk fame, medium hot, variegated plant and pepper

Habanero – super hot, orange color. Look out!

Peter Cayenne – peter shaped peppers, get your neighbors peeking in your garden, cayenne heat

Serrano – hot and flavorful, great for sauces and chili, heat without melting your face, flavorful

Sugar rush – medium to mild heat, sweet flavor, amazing for relishes and pepper jellies

Tam – a mild jalapeno, great for a little heat, but still friendly

candy roaster squash vine

SUMMER and winter squashes

Black Beauty – classic dark green zucchini, very productive

Crookneck – classic yellow squash, pick early for soft skin, very flavorful

Straightneck – classic yellow squash, smooth skin

Lungo Bianco – white zucchini, productive and delicious, can get large and are still good

Patty Pan – small dish-shaped squash, very productive

Butternut– classic small squash, rich dark orange flesh, productive

Burpee’s butter bush– small plant and squash but still productive, great for containers and tight spaces

Candyroaster-classic NC Cherokee squash, pumpkin-shaped, rich orange flesh, sweet

Musquee de Province pumpkin– French heirloom, Cinderella-type pumpkin, beautiful and sweet

North Georgia Candyroaster-long candyroaster, usually around 6-8 lbs. good climber

Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck-like a butternut on steroids, long neck with lost of flesh

Pink banana– very large with sweet dark flesh, one of our favorites, will climb, but support extra big fruits

Thai Kang Kob– my hands down favorite squash, dark green pumpkin with mottling, rich orange flesh, similar to butternut in flavor but sweeter, good keeper, we still have one on the counter. 

gourds

TOMATOES

Amur Tiger – small slicer, beautiful stripes, sweet and productive

Ananas Noir – strong acid tomato for salsa and canning, amazing rainbow colors- most beautiful

Atomic Grape – productive large grape with beautiful rainbow stripes, classic flavor

Mountain Magic – HYBRID, blight resistant, very productive sauce tomatoes

Mountain Merit – HYBRID, blight resistant, very productive, sandwich slicer

Dustin of Sustainabillies with tomatoes

Pineapple – Rainbow sandwich slicer, tangy and high acid, good for canning and salsa

Purple Russian – amazing purple sauce tomato, like Cherokee and Roma had a love child

Roma – classic red sauce tomato, 2-3 inches long

Russian Queen – red-striped roma-sized slicer, beautiful clusters, large plant, productive

Sister Miriam – large, up to 1.5 lb, heart-shaped, pink, sweet and meaty, slicer and sauces

fresh harvested tomato in dirty hand

Suddith Brandywine – large, sweet, low-acid, slicer, pink, potato leaf, large plants

Tommy Toe – classic round cherry, great for salads

Trifele Black – 3-4 inch purple with red shoulders, pear shaped, thick and juicy, flavorful

Yellow Gooseberry – yellow cherry, large and productive, hardy plants, sweet and tangy flavor

produce in Sustainabillies summer CSA box

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