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Daffodil Spring Farm
Contact: Dave Walker
Address: Dutch Creek Road Valle Crucis, NC, 28604
Email Address: daffodilspringfarm@gmail.com
Phone: 336-675-2413
About Us
Email: daffodilspringfarm@gmail.com
Located: 9 miles from the High Country Food Hub

Daffodil Spring Farm is a community-scale farm located in the Valle Crucis community of Watauga County. Farmed and owned by Dave Walker, Daffodil Spring raises pastured pork that is Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World and vegetables.

Daffodil Spring Farm practices regenerative agriculture, growing food that is good for the land, animals, and our community. The farm complements Dave's local-food system work with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and his passion for growing toward a just future. The name of the farm comes from the daffodils that show before our last snow. They're hopeful and tell us that the mountains will soon be green again, full of new vibrant colors.

Certifications: Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World since 2017.
Practices
Daffodil Spring Farm practices regenerative agriculture and holistic land management. This means that the pigs are frequently rotated every few weeks to fresh grass. What the pigs have rooted up is sowed with a cover crop mixture of buckwheat and red clover in the spring and summer and winter rye in the fall, building our soil and providing forage for the animals.

Daffodil Spring Farm initially sourced its heritage-breed pigs from Melinda Brown of Never Ending Farm in Sugar Grove, NC, who is also a Certified Animal Welfare Approved farmer. It can be really tough for smaller farms to find high quality piglets to raise out, and Melinda provided great piglets. When Melinda retired from farming in the summer of 2019, Daffodil Spring purchased a sow from Never Ending Farm and began raising piglets to sell to other farms and homesteads in our community.

Daffodil Spring Farm currently raises Tamworth-Hereford cross, Berkshire cross, and Red Wattle cross pigs. The pigs are fed by hand twice a day with a Non-GMO pig feed. There is always fresh, clean water available and ample room for them to root and graze. Feeding them by hand, allows Dave to assure that they remain healthy and makes them easier to work with and better natured.

For the last 2 years, Daffodil Spring Farm received a perfect score on its yearly Animal Welfare Approved audit.

Daffodil Spring Farm also grows several varieties of heirloom potatoes without the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides as well as a few carrots, super sweet sugar snap peas, heirloom beans, radishes, and cold-weather greens.