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Mills River Day 2019

After a few years of taking a break on Mills River Day, our team decided to bring it back! We weren’t sure how successful it would be, but we had high hopes and sure enough, the community was in full support of the whole entire day!

U-Pick Strawberries!
Lonesome Road, Meghan Woods and Levi Orr all performed in the barn during the event!

It was an unusually hot May day, but we had over 2,000 people come out and support all of what Mills River has to offer! Huge thanks to all of our sponsors who helped make this incredible day happen (list below). Also, we had some amazing vendors, delicious food trucks on hand and incredibly talented and local bands preform for us throughout the day! More than twenty booths decorated our farm to help teach about everything from soil and water conservation to fun things to do around here to agriculture!

Guests checking out a hellbender
Cooling off in the river while eating homemade ice cream
Ridin on Faith performed every hour and let guests pet and meet their horses after the performances

This year we even teamed up with local non-profit, Run828, to host the Mills River Family Mile! We started with a mile race around the farm with kids and then had a second one for their parents! Each racer was awarded with a prize after crossing the finish line!

Winner of the first Mills River Family Mile!
Horse drawn carriage rides
Tractor Show

With such a wonderful turn-out, we plan to keep this going for the years to come. We hope to have it around the same time each year, so come next May we hope to see you all here!

PLATINUM SPONSORS:
— North Carolina Farm Bureau (Henderson County) — ReMax Mountain Living — Subway — Assurance Arms — DB Bar D Outfitters — Land Rover of Asheville — City of Asheville Water Dept.

GOLD SPONSORS:
— Champion Credit Union — Meade Tractor — Edward Jones — Run828 — Bold Rock Hard Cider — The Town of Mills River

SILVER SPONSORS:
— Stump Dump — Mills River Spa — Turf Mountain Sod — Mills River Animal Clinic — Waycaster Tire Service — First Citizens Bank (Mills River) — Mills River Animal Clinic LLC

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Exciting Things Are Coming To The Farm!

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We can’t say enough about our amazing crew! This winter they have put in sooo many hours building/planning/clearing/updating/painting/throwing hay…you name it, they’ve been doing it! ..And we cannot say thank you enough to them for working so hard doing so!  We have so much going on and I wanted to make sure you all stayed in the loop! 🙂 

One of the many things we have planned to add to our Agritourism department is on site farm camping!  These campsites are amazing…and I am not just saying that because I work here! If extreme privacy, sleeping outside, river front, fresh veggies, and nature are your thing, these sites are made for you! From late April to early November, you’ll be able to be set up right beside a beautiful veggie/corn field and a river you can float down-what could be better for camping!?! You can even schedule a hayride farm tour while you stay! Make sure to keep up with our Facebook page to see pics and more information! 🙂 

The Agritourism department is also getting busy with planning some awesome farm tours and events this year!  Let us know if you have a group (any age) that is interested in seeing how a true farm runs! We’ll take you on a hayride around our fields, look at equipment, plant or pick produce (depending on the time of year), and learn about various growing techniques! We can even take a dip in the river to cool off if you’d like! Besides the farm tours, we are opening our barn/property for events this year!  We already have a few events in the works but would love to have more!  Keep us in mind if you have a birthday (any age), business luncheon, or get togethers–we’d love to have ya’ll!! 

Make sure to keep up with us on Facebook or check our website for more updated information and pictures of what’s happening around here! 

 

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North River Farms Tours

There’s just something about a farm that gets people interested. Children are fascinated by farms as soon they can push toy tractors across the floor. Some of the most beloved children’s songs are about farmers–Old MacDonald, The Farmer in the Dell, and B-I-N-G-O all teach kids from an early age that farms are important and fun to learn about.

Perhaps what’s most interesting about farms is that we all, every one of us, depend on them. We might supplement with backyard gardens and homegrown veggies, but the truth of the matter is that we’d all go hungry without farmers growing the bulk of our food. Farms intrigue us because we know they are vital to our survival.

And while most of us would admit to having at least a passing interest in farming, few people are able to say that they truly understand what happens on an everyday basis at a working farm. Sure, we enjoy the produce from farms and the scenery of a field just before the hay is cut, but most people don’t have all the knowledge they’d like to have about farming practices.

For those of you who are curious about farming, and would like to better understand what goes into a successful operation, North River Farms offers farm tours at our Mills River property. Consisting of an hour-long, informative, guided hay-ride, the farm tour is an authentic, entertaining way to educate yourself about farming.

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The farm tour is ideal for large groups. If you’re a member or leader of a club or social group, or just part of a group of friends who wants to learn about farming, contact us to make an appointment. 

We can’t promise that you’ll leave ready to start your own farm, but we can promise that you’ll leave with a lot more knowledge than you came in with. And the next time you overhear a conversation about farming, you’ll be able to join in with some insight from your authentic farm experience!

What parts of farming do you find especially interesting? Let us know in the comments!