Imani Farm

Imani is a small-scale, coöperative farm at Earthaven. We produce food for ourselves and others while we steward the land, the soil, the farm, and ourselves. Room for rent in farming neighborhood.

We are a group of farmers and communitarians living in the Western North Carolina mountains, trying to change culture and our own lives through radical responsibility, regenerative food production, and right relationship to work, health, and each other.

Imani Farm is above and below our cohousing neighborhood. It was chiseled from the surrounding forest and slowly turned from a degraded forest ecosystem to into a fertile pasture through rotational grazing.

Grass-fed animal products are a crucial factor in optimal health. We use simple electric fencing to manage animals for minimal impact on the pasture and maximum impact on the animal’s health and wellbeing. Pasturing allows the animals to exist as nature intended — grazing, and in the process they spread fertility as they go.

 

In the words of Joel Salatin, we are first and foremost, “grass farmers.”


Well-managed, pasture-based farming systems help the environment not only through what they don’t do (unsustainable grain production, heavy chemicals, soil degradation, fossil fuels to ship feed, accumulated animal waste) but through that fact that grass is one of the most diverse and beneficial ecosystems on the planet.

As urban and suburban refugees, we have much to learn on our path towards self-reliance. We're now in a learning curve with small animal meat production. Yet our philosophy of farming encompasses nothing short of global economic change. Activist and nutritionist Sally Fallon says it best for us in The Economics of Food.

The farm is integrated deeply into our lives and we do our best to balance work and benefit to meet many of our needs. Between our grass-fed products and our orchard and annual vegetable production, we provide
much of our own food.

As a community-based farm, we are thrilled to be living in this densely populated rural valley
home known as Earthaven (and the surrounding communities). Our neighbors are deeply aligned and support our farm through product purchases, farm labor, and delightful enjoyment of what we've created.

For more about our lives, here are some links: calf adoption article; aspiring to working class article.