Spring brings new dandelion crop
Hattie Mae is all ears
Luffas drying on sunny front porch
Our old bench trapped by luffa and flower vines
Hammer and Sandy inspect the nest boxes
Security detail Captain Harley as a young boy

Just Grazing

Welcome to Hardscrabble Hollow Farm

Hardscrabble

As modern farmers, we follow the tenet that if you are good to the land, it will be good to you. We do not use chemicals. No matter whether it is animal, vegetable or mineral, all that we do is done in a natural way. We are pesticide and herbicide free. All livestock are pastured, and all plants are fed a composted material provided by the livestock. Some folks would say this is the old-fashioned way. We don’t quarrel with that.

A question often asked is, “Where did you get your farm name?”

The name reflects both our farming philosophy and our respect for the land and environment. We practice and promote good land stewardship through sustainable agriculture.

“Hardscrabble” entered Americans’ vocabulary in 1804 when food wasn’t mass-produced. Instead, it was grown for family, friends and community, sometimes in poor soil that over time was enriched by the farmer’s good practices. The dictionary people define “hardscrabble” as this: to get a meager living from poor soil, i.e., “a hardscrabble farmer.”

At any given time, there are a lot of mouths to feed on our farm. For example, a head count in October 2013 broke down like this:

  • 2 humans
  • 4 dogs
  • 1 cat
  • 4 horses
  • 18 guinea fowl
  • 14 turkeys
  • 48 broiler (meat) chickens
  • 2 mystery chicks that arrived with the broilers
  • 20 laying hens
  • 1 very tired but happy rooster
  • 1 AWOL racing pigeon

In addition, we were growing blueberries, organic colored cotton, luffas, sweet potatoes, peanuts and assorted vegetables.

We're located in Rutherford County, N.C.—74 miles west of Charlotte and 58 miles southeast of Asheville.

How We Roll
Farm Star

Meet Farm Star Lucretia – our Broad-Breasted Bronze turkey who was granted a pardon and spared from “freezer camp” forever.

Lucretia, so named because her waddle resembles the gait of Larry’s 10th-grade typing teacher, is truly a people turkey – as many are, really – inquisitive, endearing, entertaining.

Unusually small at processing time, she was granted a stay of execution so that family members visiting over the holidays could admire a real live turkey. Known for untying shoelaces and pulling zippers, she gobbled and clucked and fffttted (a turkey vocalization) her way into our daily routine, which includes riding around in the ATV or waddling through the barn to help with chores.

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