About Local Food

Qualla Berry Farm is part of a loose community of growers and marketers throughout western NC who are seeking to provide locally grown food to people who live and visit  the mountains. We are helping to develop ways to keep our rural land in agricultural production. We are listed in the Local Food Guide produced by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more about U-Pick farms, tailgate markets, and community supported agriculture growers, see their website: www.buyappalachian.org

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Tulips, Tomatoes, Turmeric Spring 2014

Posted 3/29/2014 7:47am by John Clarke & Karen Hurtubise.

Solitary red tulip bloomed this week. Voles in hoophouse are creating havoc and green tulip leaves and stems with buds fall overnight. Our dogs used to hunt them, but now retired themselves from vole patrol. We seek new strategies that work.

Tomatoes are under grow lights and more will be sown this weekend. For my class at the Folk School I will have 25 varieties, plus marigolds, and basils of all kinds.

Turmeric and Ginger is warm and happy in flats of coir(shredded coconut husks) in our garage office.

Life is good.  We hiked last weekend in South Carolina to see the rare blooming wildflower Oconee Bells. Good medicine to walk in beauty of the woods.

Oconee Bells March 2014 Devils Fork Recreation Area