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Savory Naturalist Series: Holistic Management and Avian Ecology (birdwatching!)

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Come out to the farm and join Farm Director Virginia Hamilton and local naturalist and farmer Noah Poulos for a morning of birding out on the farm. While we keep our eyes peeled for interesting bird sightings, we will talk about the concept of Holistic Management and how defining a context, crafting a future resource base, and managing in wholes helps us create an agroecosystem that supports our local food system as well as our environment. Curious about holistic management but not sure how to begin? This will be a great jumping off point for your journey!

Farms, and specifically farms specializing in grassland agriculture, can serve as important foraging grounds, nesting sites, shelter areas, and migration stop-overs for a wide variety of wildlife, including birds. We will talk about managing for wildlife, riparian areas, edge habitat, and ruminants all come together to create a birding paradise.

Attendees will break for an included biscuit brunch from butcher Brian’s kitchen. When attending classes, you will receive a 5% discount in the Farm Store & Butchery! Tickets can be purchased at the link provided.


About Noah Poulos:

Noah and his wife tend Wild East Farm in McDowell County, NC which produces pastured meats in perennial silvopasture systems.  Noah is passionate about perennial food systems that are informed by ecological literacy. He is a farmer, writer, and educator that has gratefully called Western North Carolina home for many years. He looks forward to many years to come living alongside and learning from the agrarian community of this place.

Tickets will be available at the link as we get closer to this event!



April 29
9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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Hickory Nut Gap Farm
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Virginia Hamilton
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Virginia is our Farm Director here at the home of the brand in Fairview. She received her BS in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College and her MS in Land Resources & Environmental Science from Montana State University. Prior to completing her MS, she was the assistant farm manager at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC for five years. She is interested in the ecology of working lands and any and all opportunities to invite landowners and community members to participate in the scientific process. She believes that working farms and forests are the key to thriving and resilient rural communities that are poised to support the communities around them. Virginia also spearheads our Ecological Outcome Verification efforts with the Savory Institute.


Hickory Nut Gap Farm
57 Sugar Hollow Road
Fairview, NC 28730 United States
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828 628 1027
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