ASU's farm mentioned in state guidebook
Appalachian State University's Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm is included in travel writer Diane Daniel's book, "Farm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries and More."
The book was published recently by the University of North Carolina Press.
Considered the first statewide guidebook of its kind, "Farm Fresh North Carolina" takes readers on a lively tour of more than 425 farms, produce stands, farmers' markets, wineries, children-friendly pumpkin patches and corn mazes, pick-your-own orchards, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, agricultural festivals and more that are open to the public and personally vetted by the author.
The book emphasizes farms and establishments that are independent, sustainable and active in public education and conservation. It is designed to help North Carolinians and tourists discover how the burgeoning farm movement has become a bridge between North Carolina's past and present.
The book is "a celebration of our farmers' ingenuities and successes," Daniel writes in her introduction.
"Appalachian State University students in sustainable agriculture learn small-scale farming and organic production techniques at their own farm outside of Boone," Daniel writes in her entry about the property in Valle Crucis.
"The 10-acre Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Teaching and Research Farm was created in 2001. Highlights include a modified passive solar greenhouse, medicinal herb garden, permaculture and biointensive gardens, cold frames for extending the growing season, an apple orchard and a re-created wetland. A self-guided walking tour is available to the public in printed form or online, and there's even a hiking trail around the perimeter."
Appalachian's farm is currently located in Valle Crucis. Thanks to a recent estate gift of 369 acres to the university, the farm will move to property in neighboring Ashe County. Students and faculty will begin using the new location this fall semester, while the university maintains the Valle Crucis property for a variety of educational purposes.