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Eco-communities, Organic Farms & Farm Life : #1 in The Carolina Blue Skies Local Color Series. Asheville Area Sustainable Agriculture

When you think about  sustainable agriculture, organic farms, eco-communities and quality of life in Asheville Sustainable AgricultureAsheville and the towns surrounding Her, you may wonder if this post is simply nugacity  in an otherwise (hopefully)  worthy landscape.

However, some redeeming wisdom possibly survives- especially if you are a lover of guineafowl.   So I'm gonna' take the risk, and tell this story . . .

"Which One's the Guinea?"
(A Carolina Blue Skies Local Color Story).

 Once upon a time, approximately 11 miles from downtown Asheville; or 7 miles from the where bustling Patton Avenue intersects Highway 63; or 5 miles from dear "Green Asheville's" city limits; or 1/2 mile from the new Leicester Post Office, there was a beautiful organic farm- on  Bright Blue Sky Lane-called  Asheville Farm.

Asheville Farm was, and still is to this very day home to a  "healthy, pampered collection " of Icelandic sheep, dairy goats, a small but growing orchard of chemical-free blueberries, peaches, plums, apples and pears and garden of tomatoes, peppers, and other fresh vegetables ( and- YES!-) free-range Guinea fowl and chickens!  

These happy birds enjoy   organic poultry feed of grain, minerals, probiotics and flax seedbecause they live on one of many of Asheville's organic, sustainable farms.

Committed to sustainable farming and pasturing methods, the owners of this farm also are receptive to talking with visitors about what it takes to create this environment. This is a real plus for our clients who more and more are telling us they want to learn about sustainable practices in agriculture

In general, here in the Greater Asheville area, whether you live here, are visiting or relocating, you will notice that people enjoy the conversation and the camaraderie about such matters. That, by the way, turned out to be a  "good-thing" for one of our clients recently....and so I'll continue with the story.

 As we toured a small, family farm just placed on the market, a number of fowl- some golden, some black, some with red combs some  bald-headed but otherwise feathered creatures noisily greeted us.

"Oh Look," our client cooed, pointing with delight at the bald creature, "What's THAT?"  To which our host, the farmer replied with a smile, and a mini-dissertation on guineafowl, the essence of which I've tried to capture below. But first...I'm just curious...would yourecognize one if you saw a guineafowl?... "Which One do You think is the Guinea?"

 

 

    

"Which One's the Guinea?"

 An organic farmer's mini-dissertation on guineafowl with a few words and photos added courtesy of Wikipedia. 

 "  Have you ever raised guineas?  If you have, you know what good ‘watchdogs' they can be and how they help control ticks and snakes in the yard...."  This is a family of insect and seed-eating, ground-nesting birds resembling partridges, but with featherlessheads and spangled grey plumage.

GUINEAHelmeted Guineafowl from Namibia. 

Photos of guineafowl are  courtesy of Wikipedia.

The Helmeted Guineafowl (seen in this  photo) has been domesticated and introduced  to various farms around Asheville and across the USA and Europe.. .Check back soon for more local color and stories about Asheville's sustainable agriculture: Eco-communities, organic farms & farm life and bright blue skies.

 Resources:
Video Two guineafowl preening and feeding. Murchison Falls NP, Uganda (ssp meleagris). © J. del Hoyo / Lynx Duration 29 s Recorded 30 August 2006 Added to IBC 16 February 2007 Play video

We could have used some gunineafowl here!  

And remember: "A hair in the head is worth two in the brush" -Oliver Herford, writer and illustrator (1863-1935)

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Comments

This one's for Arlene's Grandson...who loves birds!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

The guninea is the spotted one.

They love to make noise and eat ticks.

NeighborJohn

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) almost 12 years ago

John~

I can verify both of the characteristics you mentioned. I may not like the noise factor, but I sure do like the notion that guineas eat ticks!!!! For those of us who are land specialists, ticks can be a noticeable nuisance.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

The Asheville Farm is aMaZiNg!!!  Wonderful folks there and wonderful animals.  I bought my first local organic eggs there upon moving to Asheville, and even sat around sipping fresh goat milk with the owner one afternoon (as he milked the mama goat).  I currently have 2 healthy happy backyard chickens that came from The Asheville Farm (when the chicks were only 3 days old)...but that's a whole nother story. It'll have to wait until another day.

Posted by Rhodes Waite almost 12 years ago

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