Thursday, February 2, 2017

Win the farm: NC architect's organic land giveaway

Via David


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.”


  1. I would love to win a farm, but the trouble is that I'm older now and probably getting too close to buying the farm. I would love to move from PA, the state of my birth, to NC, the place of my conception. I visited a Reynolds Can plant in Salisbury a couple times back in the the late seventies and fell in love with the area............

    1. Well, you can come down and live out your remaining days without a farm. :)

  2. I photographed this nice lady at Bluebird Farm a few years ago for our newspaper and, yes, this place, situated in the extreme SW corner of Chatham county, very rural is just as described. Ms. Burns was also into growing a special crop of lavender and was producing and marketing a lavender essential oil product, so that is one other crop that might make it worthwhile to a 'young' couple willing to work hard and enjoy their days there..this is a very rural place and quite secluded, in the corner of Chatham county that would be the very last area there to develop. Best, redclay 2/3