Aspiring farmers with writing chops might want to take notice of this contest.
Three hours east of Asheville is Bluebird Hill Farm, nearly 13 rolling acres of fragrant lavender and other plants detailed beautifully in this Our State piece.
Award-winning architect-turned-farmer Norma Burns is the owner and operator of the farm in Bennett. But after nearly 18 years of growing herbs, specialty vegetables, cut flowers, native plants and more, Burns is looking for a change of pace. She's moving to Raleigh for a more urban lifestyle, and that's where you come in.
Burns is holding an essay contest for full ownership of her picturesque USDA-certified organic property. She wants to leave her beloved farm in the care of a “committed couple of any description with the life experience and physical stamina that active farming requires,” she said in a release. She’s insisting on a "committed couple" because “experience has shown that Bluebird Hill Farm can’t be operated successfully by a single individual.”
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