FARM

At North Corner Haven, we use farming as an approach to land management, with the aim of establishing regenerative systems that feed each other (and us as well, happily).


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our methods

Putting permaculture into action.


Ross Lackey, Director of Farm Operations and Education at North Corner Haven, is certified in permaculture design and certifiably passionate about growing great food. His expertise in permaculture design guides our farming practices and regularly helps us overcome common problems encountered in land management.

Over the next few years, Ross will lead the farm team’s efforts to install living systems across the landscape. Once installed, these ecosystems will require minimal input to maintain and produce food. Over the years, these system will grow in complexity and abundance. North Corner Haven will evolve over time as the forest, farm and people work in harmony to create a thriving ecosystem that nourishes itself—and us—for generations to come.

How does it apply to our farm?

Specific practices that Ross and the team will incorporate include:

  • Using swales to capture water in high elevations to passively irrigate farm land;
  • Establishing fruit and nut orchards where we can rotationally graze our pigs to be nourished by fallen fruits;
  • Respecting the perennial, ancient wisdom of the forest.

Our farming philosophy

Understanding permaculture principles in detail can take a lot of time, but our hope is that all of our guests can experience and enjoy its many benefits first-hand when visiting. Below are the tenets that make up the backbone of our farming philosophy here at North Corner Haven.

Every action taken on the farm is intentional.

We think beyond this season and the next when assessing a plot of land or planting a seed. We use our vision for the land in five years, in 50 years, and in 100 to guide our decisions today.

Food is a gift.

When we take care of nature, it rewards us through its abundance, providing us sustenance (that just also happens to be delicious), protection, and joy.

We enjoy sharing this gift.

It is deeply gratifying to be able to share our forest-raised pork, pastured eggs, and responsibly-grown produce with our guests. We are also actively seeking opportunities to get these products to friends off the farm, so that they and their guests can enjoy them as well. We look forward to becoming a source for specialty Carolina staples as well as seasonally foraged treasures in the near future.

Connecting (or reconnecting with the land) is a satiating experience.

The word “environment” has come to mean something completely separate from ourselves, rather than something in which we play an active part, or something that feeds us. The living systems that we implement and care for at North Corner Haven—from the trails and coves to the orchards and gardens—are also perfect venues for hosting life’s best and memorable moments.

Products

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Products

Farm fresh eggs.

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Products

Honey.

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Established in 1972 by family for the love of the land.