Guests will arrive at the farm and be greeted by Peter and Michelle. We then embark on a 1.5 hour farm tour that includes introductions to Forest Farming and Permaculture Design. The tour begins in the shiitake mushroom yard, then onto the chicken and duck condo, greenhouse, plant nursery, gardens, honeybees, orchards and into the edge of a classic Appalachian cove hardwood forest. Next, we gather inside the 1800's hand hewed chestnut cabin to enjoy a seasonal tea, grown and wild-crafted in our gardens and forest. After tea, guests will have an opportunity to browse our farm store for produce, plants, books, seeds and herbal products before you head down the road.
Peter is a lifelong student, teacher and advocate of organic farming and sustainable culture. He spent his twenties in the company of master seed growers and Permaculture designers in New Mexico and the garden island-Kauai, Hawaii. In 2001 he moved to the Ashevile area, co-founded the pioneering green building firm Southeast Ecological Design and received his Permaculture Teachers certificate. Beginning in 2008 he established Asheville’s organic-heirloom seed company, Sow True Seed. Uniting his powers of botanical inspiration with the embodiment of the divine feminine, Peter merged with Michelle in 2016 to birth their life’s greatest work, Watershed Forest Farm.
A seasonal herbal tea, grown and wild-crafted from our gardens and forest.
Watershed 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. Working with nature, we are pioneering an integrated approach to regenerative forestry, botanical preservation and Community Supported Forest Agriculture. watershedforestfarm.com
Farm tours are rain or shine. Sturdy, closed toe shoes, covered ankles and weather appropriate clothing reccomemded.
We are a mountain farm, our driveway is steep and a bit bumpy in spots however we have never had a guest that couldn't make it it up. The farm tour is a moderately challenging hike with many breaks.