From Our Editors
Mark and Sharon Searcy were raised on the same soil as the crops that they grow on it today. In addition to the experience they've accumulated as lifelong residents of Henderson County, they've both taken long-term excursions to Haiti and Honduras, learning the polycultural techniques they employ on their own farm today. These techniques emphasize a minimal touch of pesticides on plants and have earned them certification by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.
Under the watch of the Blue Ridge Mountains, fertile fields of kale, heirloom tomatoes, rare varieties of beans, and squash sprawl over acres of land. Stalks of sweet corn sway gently in the breeze, which passes through rustling leaves of apple and peach trees before rifling the fur of the requisite well-diving collie. The Farm sells the fruits of their harvests in their roadside market May–October, and also hosts pick-your-own sessions throughout the year. In their Country Store, patrons can browse through bags of popping corn, jars of homemade jellies and salsas, and blistering hot habanero peppers.