TRACTOR, founded in 2012, is a Non-Profit organization located in Burnsville, NC and serves seven Western North Carolina counties as well as a few farms in East Tennessee. TRACTOR currently offers many services to its local growers like washing stations, packaging equipment, cold storage, and rental equipment for the planting and harvesting of the crops.
As most people already know, local food is one of the main components to a healthy lifestyle. Over the last decade alone, local farmers markets, restaurants, and supermarkets that keep local produce on their shelves have gained popularity with not only the locals, but also with those who enjoy visiting our mountains on their weekend getaways. Chances are, if you make a trip to Cashiers Farmers Market, Biltmore Village Inn, or Mother Earth Produce, you will probably have something on your plate or in your shopping bag that was produced at Sunburst Chef and Farmer.
This operation all started on a smaller scale back in the 1960’s when Steve, former horticulture instructor at HCC began growing various types of trees. When his son Josh graduated from NC State University with a degree in horticulture, he began building what is now Cold Mountain Nursery. The nursery originally just sold wholesale to various agricultural businesses in the area but soon became a favorite among locals. Now, Cold Mountain Nursery sells to not only businesses but to the public as well.
In the small community of Bethel, just outside of Canton, NC, there are several large tracts of land that are home to many mountain farms. Many have been passed down from generation to generation, just like Danny Barrett’s farm has. Barrett is the owner and operator of Ten Acre Farms, located just off Lake Logan Road. This farm is a century farm, meaning that the land has been utilized for one hundred years or more.