Monthly Archives: October 2016

NBC Mother’s Day Picnic



In May the NBC had Mother’s Day picnic and fundraiser pot luck on our farm in Leicester. We were preparing for mowing season in the orchard and asked for support to help with the purchase of a tractor.img_20160508_134418752

It was a beautiful day and all manner of beautiful people showed up. Justin was the head chef and cooked some nixtamalized corn tacos on an open fire from corn he raised. Bill took the opportunity to clear out the last of his potatoes from the root cellar and made a mountain of potato salad. Meanwhile our guests contributed salads, entrees, pies, and casseroles. There was much abundance set at our table and we were so grateful for the support of our friends and community.



You see, where we have our orchard is a special place. Only 20 minutes from Asheville, it consists of two gentle sloping fields of fertile alluvial loam nestled at the end of a cove with pristine creeks running on either side that are the headwaters of South Turkey Creek. Quiet, secluded, and bucolic , we were so delighted to finally share this remarkable place with our supporters.

Our Collective is a funny grey area between business and community. We believe that they are intrinsically connected. No one person will make a lot of money but we hope to make decent livelihoods for as many people as possible while growing healthy, good tasting food that no one else is growing in our region. For people who envision a world made up more of deep rooted perennial based foods we are a breath of fresh air. To do things slow and with consideration of the triple bottom line will not be very appealing for the stock holders, but for the community stakeholders, who want to see our region and others like it thrive, it is a rich investment indeed.

We gave a tour of the young two year old orchard and talked about how this dream came about and is now being realized. How there was no way we could have done it without our visionary benefactors. We hope to continue weaving relationships relying on one another, and in turn create an economic model that feeds the community and will be an asset to it far into the future. After the tour we gathered for goodbyes and everyone took their empty plate home except for Bill whose mountain of potato salad was now more like the piedmont.


PS- We got a tractor soon afterwards



Join us for the Carnival of Nuts – a fundraiser for nut processing equipment

Come one, come all, to the Carnival of Nuts!

Join us in celebration of those marvelous, hard-shelled fruits so generously raining down upon our yards and streets, and to contribute to the Nutty Buddy Collective’s effort to bring our native tree crops to market. This is a fundraiser to help the NBC purchase commercial-scale native nut processing equipment. Learn more and donate at:

Sunday, November 20th, 2016
4pm – 8pm
Toy Boat Community Art Space (101 Fairview Rd, Asheville, NC 28803)

All ages are welcome – fun kid activities from 4 – 6pm.

A $10 minimum donation for entry gets you 1 bag of tokens to spend on food, games, and fun. Under 12 free from 4-6pm.
The Carnival will include:
* A nut featured dinner prepared by guest chefs from Blacksburg, VA
* Nutty treats from French Broad Chocolates, OWL Bakery, Vortex Doughnuts, The Hop Ice Cream, and others featuring black walnuts, hickory nuts, chestnuts, and acorns.
* Chestnut Beer crafted by a local brewer (gluten free!)
* A high-flying Aerial Squirrel performance and flying squirrel activity for kids
* A variety of kids activities, including Nut Putt Putt, Nut Pie and Cake Walks, a Nut Scavenger Hunt, Piñuta, and Nut Cracking for Kids
* Info and demonstrations, including Nut Milking Stall and Nut Oil Pressing
* Osker and Amber of Glorious Forest Farms will be offering wild nut treats and information
* Silent Auction items, including a Wild Foods Hike with No Taste Like Home  and gift certificates to local businesses
* Guest speakers including Bob Stehli (president of NNGA) on the economics of nuts, Cathy Cleary (co-founder of West End Bakery) with a squirrel cooking demonstration, Chuck Marsh (Useful Plants Nursery and Living System Design) on land access, and Gabi White (Fruit Nut Extraordinaire) with some squirrrelly tall tales.
Nuts are some of the most nutritious and delicious foods to grace this good earth, and the Nutty Buddy Collective is committed to bringing them to your table. That’s why we’ve been working over the past three years to form long-term lease agreements and to plant diverse nut-centered orchards. And now we’re looking for your help: we are raising funds to purchase nut processing equipment. A large, powerful cracker that can bust up walnut and hickory shells at a fast rate is the linchpin of a nut processing system. Dehulling, drying, and separating machines will also be necessary.
Your donations will help us purchase the equipment necessary to move niche crops like black walnut and hickories toward the central place they deserve on our farms and in our regional cuisine. Our fundraising goal is $10,000 dollars. This equipment will also serve as a community resource, allowing NBC to provide cracking services and to buy nuts from homeowners and foragers.


In the shade of trees that have been bearing food for nearly 4 decades, the Nutty Buddy Collective with Greg Miller of Route 9 Chestnut Cooperative.