Plant and Gather Forest Farm is located in a wide open sunny holler, deep in Madison County, North Carolina. The traditional 1880s homestead is surrounded by a vast Appalachian hardwood forest that rises 1200 feet to an encircling ridge with breathtaking views. The forest floor provides a diversity of medicinal herbs and wild foods while multitudes of black walnut, oak, hickory, persimmon, sugar maple, and chestnut fill the canopy. With its direct southern exposure, flowing waters and variance of micro-climates, the land is ideally suited to forest farming.
Working with nature, we are pioneering an integrated approach to regenerative forestry and community supported agriculture.
At Plant and Gather we cultivate the forest and farm as one productive organism, integrating the plants, animals, seasons and cycles of both environments. Forest farming is the cultivation of perennial polycultures, aka guilds, that are mindfully assembled into woodland eco-systems producing a diversity of yields, while enhancing the long range health and integrity of the forest. Modeled after the symbiotic relationships observed in forest communities, well-designed guilds spread multiple harvests over space and time, producing combined yields and a resiliency that far exceeds conventional mono-cropping.
Invest in perennial food security!
Members invest by pre-purchasing credits that may be exchanged for the following:
Seasonal produce, herbs, honey, eggs and value-added products
U-Pick and Wild-crafting of herbs, mushrooms, berry, fruit and nut crops
Nursery plants, trees and seeds
Day hikes, camping and cabin rentals
Event hosting for your ceremonies, small gatherings and workshops
Permaculture Design consultations for home, farm and business
- Sustainably harvested timber products and firewood
Workshops on forest farming, permaculture and the sustainable arts