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The Farm



EastWest Organics

 A 220 acre Farm at Pickard's Mountain, 10 minutes outside of Chapel Hill

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The Farm



EastWest Organics

 A 220 acre Farm at Pickard's Mountain, 10 minutes outside of Chapel Hill

Overview


Overview


Farm, Park, Arboretum, Incubator...

A Destination

EastWest Organics Farm is many things to many people.  At its core, it is an assemblage of farms that grows berries, tea, herbs, and nut & fruit trees.  But EastWest also includes the Pickard's Mountain, which is blanketed with a rare natural community centered around the Chestnut Oak.  Nestled on the eastern side of Pickard's Mountain is the Keith Farm and Arboretum, which houses the most diverse collection of temperate woody species in the United States.  Weaving it all together - two tech platforms (ROMR and LOLO) that were built to help connect people with the land and local businesses.

 

Honeysuckle Farm

People coming to the Triangle seek out the Honeysuckle Farm because it is simply so unique. A farm stand / Tea House built out of recycled shipping containers and telephone poles, with hammocks and bountiful herb beds, all perched above a berry and tea field that is being managed towards Organic certification.  


Keith Farm and Arboretum

To understand the Keith Farm and Arboretum, is the understand the passion the Keith Family poured into a dilapidated pasture and crumbling historic home to create a world class learning arboretum and visual gem.


Pickard's Mountain Forest

Walking across Pickard's Mountain is akin to walking at Occoneechee State Park, except that its private and you have the place to yourself, or let your dog run off leash.

Honeysuckle Farm


Honeysuckle Farm


Honeysuckle Farm

When you have a fresh herbal tea and smoothie bowl at the Honeysuckle Tea House, you are are on the Honeysuckle Farm portion of EastWest Organics. 

So the Honeysuckle is more than a Tea House.  It is also home to the largest crop of elderberries in North Carolina, strawberries, blueberries, grapes and tea plants.   

Certain areas of the farm are available for agritourism activities and events, as well as play spaces for kids and pets.   To reserve a space, work with our friends at ROMR to reserve a space!

PDF of Honeysuckle Farm map.

 

Honeysuckle Tea House


Honeysuckle Tea House


Honeysuckle Tea House

Honeysuckle Tea House begins to light up the farm

Honeysuckle Tea House begins to light up the farm

 
 

A Place to gather in the Light...

The Honeysuckle Tea House opened in 2014 with community support from the Slow Money movement and the bountiful creative energy of Founders Tim and Megan Toben.  It will reopen in April 2017, Thursday to Sunday, but is also available for events scheduled through ROMR any day of the week.

PDF of Honeysuckle Farm Map

 

 

Keith Farm


Keith Farm


Keith Farm

The Keith Farm is a veritable Food Forest.  Paw paws, Persimmon, Chestnuts, Camelias, and wild blueberries, and we're still expanding. This year, we'll be building a community apiary with our friends at Bee Downtown, which we think will create the world's most diverse honey. And we plan to breaking ground on a new pollinator garden. 

Certain areas of the farm are available for agritourism activities and events.   To reserve a space, work with our friends at ROMR to reserve a space!

If you need a place to stay while you are visiting, the Keith Home is available for rent through Airbnb.

PDF of Keith Farm Map

 

Keith Arboretum


Keith Arboretum


Keith Arboretum

 
 

Largest Collection of Temperate Woody Species in the United States... 

You would need to fly to over 30 countries and travel to the coast of California to see the same suite of trees. The Keith Arboretum sits below the Pickard's Mountain Forest, and is located on twenty acres of the sixty acre Keith Farm.  It was, until recently, a practically hidden botanical gem in North Carolina.  Now it is accessible to the public through our friends at ROMR.  

 

Pickard's Mountain Forest


Pickard's Mountain Forest


Pickard's Mountain Forest

Quoting from the Pickards Mountain description found in the Orange Co. Natural Heritage Inventory published in 2004 : 

“This is the largest tract of chestnut oak forest in the county; it is second only to Occoneechee Mountain in terms of the maturity of the canopy and the density of its heath cover. The abundant forage provided by this forest together with the size of this tract helps to explain the presence of wild turkey and bobcat. It serves as both an important wildlife reservoir and an overland link between two stream corridor systems: Morgan Creek and Cane Creek.

You can visit the Forest through ROMR.

PDF of Pickard's Mountain Forest Map