Hickory Nut Gap Farm is owned and operated by the children of James and Elspeth Clarke, whose forebears started a farmers' cooperative in Fairview, NC, in the 1920s. This revolutionary "Farmers' Federation" gave western NC farmers more control over the marketing of their products and kept more profits local. The family now keeps this community spirit alive as Hickory Nut Gap Farm experiences a renaissance.
The farm's pigs and cows are raised on 350 acres of beautiful mountainside land which has been protected by a conservation easement with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, meaning the land will remain undeveloped for agricultural use forever. As demand has grown for their high-quality meat, Hickory Nut Gap has begun working with other farmers within a 200-mile radius of Fairview who meet their rigorous standard for treatment of the animals. Their animals consume only their mothers' milk and forage for their entire life while rotationally grazing on pasture.