News and Press Release

Beech Spring Compost

Beech Spring Composting is a non-profit composting operation located in Union Mills, North Carolina. The non-profit’s goal is to make composting more convenient for residents of Rutherford County while diverting food waste from landfills to four local community gardens (Ruffton Roots, St John’s Community Garden, and two others in Marion) and farms.  Beech Spring Composting …

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Ann and Russ’ Family Farm

Ann and Russ’ Family Farm is a produce and flower farm located in Rutherfordton. The farm operates on 7.8 acres (half the acreage is dedicated to farming) and grows vegetables and flowers in raised beds and fruit throughout the property.  Ann and Russ’ Family Farm is owned and operated by Russ Burnick, an Army veteran …

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Rustic Lodge Soaps

Rustic Lodge Soaps is a local artisan that specializes in handmade soaps. The business is located in the Montford Cove area of Rutherfordton, North Carolina. The soap maker operates on their family homestead, where they have a garden and raise livestock to feed their family. The business is owned and operated by Erin Harris. She …

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Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek

Vandele Farms on Cedar Creek  is a livestock operation on 60 beautiful acres in Lake Lure in Rutherford County, NC. This land has been in their family for decades, and they plan to raise and process livestock here for years to come.  Starting as a small-scale pasture-raised pig operation in 2010, Vandele Farms quickly grew …

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Greenhill Worm Farm

Greenhill Worm Farm is a vermicomposting business located in the Greenhill community of Rutherford County, North Carolina. The farm is a carefully managed, hands-on operation that started as a backyard hobby and soon grew into a business. Greenhill Worm Farm raises composting worms and sells worm castings and worm casting tea, powerful soil amendments that …

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Seven Oaks Farm

Seven Oaks Farm is a one-acre Certified Naturally Grown produce farm nestled among the rolling pastures and native oak woodlands of Sunshine here in Rutherford County. They lease the land from Belflower Farm, who raises grass-fed beef and lamb on 80 acres of pasture. Seven Oaks Farm uses low-till, no-spray practices to build soil health, …

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Subtle Seed Farm

Subtle Seed Farm is a 22-acre hemp farm located in Rutherford County’s own Greenhill. Subtle Seed began as part of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, in an effort to test the economic viability of hemp production in the state. Today, the farm maintains 7,200 square feet of light deprivation greenhouse and ¾ acre …

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762 Pounds Of Local Beef Delivered To Rutherford Food Pantries to Fight Food Insecurity

Forest City, N.C. (August 23, 2021):  Rutherford BARN, through the Dale Young Pantry Fund, recently provided 762 pounds of ground beef to local pantries.  Coming off the success of providing fresh vegetables to local food pantries, this latest effort led by Bob Young of Deer Valley Farm, Jeff Bradley and Tracy Davis of NC Cooperative …

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Rutherford BARN Launches Into Summer Farmers Market With Growing Market Offerings, Expanding Access and New Board Officers

Forest City, N.C. (April 16th, 2021):  Coming off unprecedented challenges and exciting growth in 2020, Rutherford BARN launches into the upcoming Summer Farmers Market focused on building upon the groundwork laid by outgoing Board leadership and key partnerships.  Over the next few months, the Rutherford County Farmers Market will continue to expand access and grow …

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Rutherford BARN Announces New Website for Farmers Market

New website makes it easy to meet vendors and learn about impactful community-based programs RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NC, August 6, 2020—Rutherford BARN, an innovative non-profit organization that supports a locally-based food system, recently announced a new website for its Rutherford County Farmers Market. The marketplace, which is open every Saturday throughout October, provides a viable, sustainable …

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