The Gardens at Wilson Place
"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul." - Alfred Austin
There's nothing like walking in a garden or forest, or standing in farmer's field that forces you to take a simple moment to pause and connect. You breathe in smell of earth, bask in flowers, take shade under a tree & begin to hear life around you that usually remains hidden.
We started as mushroom novices. We had always enjoyed eating mushrooms, but never knew of their abundance until we began to find them everywhere on our farm.
This inspired us to learn more - how could we use what the land already provided for food, or possibly more?
We took classes on foraging and cultivation, and got the full-blown fungi bug. Mushrooms are the most prevalent species in the world, and some of the most under-utilized.
We grow mushrooms at The Wilson Place, and forage at both farms.
Do what you love
Flowers truly make us happy. They offer beauty through looks & smell, and also serve very important purposes on the farm. They feed bees and other beneficial insects that allow our farm to thrive.
We are building our soil, and experimenting with many types of perennial and annual flowers to provide local cut flowers to the Piedmont, and as central part of our working farm.
Most cut flowers you buy from large retail chains are imported from other countries or from across the county. When you buy local flowers you can enjoy beauty from your region, reduce your carbon footprint, and support local farms in the process.
When we came back to the farm, we found a huge, untouched grove of trifoliate orange. They are hardy citrus that can survive in our climate naturally, but are quite sour & tart unless modified.
While virtually unknown in the US, in Asia they are used medicinally to help with allergies, in Europe they are used for spices, jams and as an aromatic, and in South Amercia as natural barriers due to their thorns & size.
We plan to use the full plant - the aroma, the skin, the pulp & juice in our products and the hedge as part of our farm system.