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Trosly Farm
Address: 95 Peter Harding Lane Elk Park, NC, 28622
Email Address: troslyfarm@att.net
Phone: 828-733-4938
About Us
Kaci and Amos Nidiffer are natives of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, respectively. Their love for the mountains and farming began with stories they heard from their grandparents. Kaci’s grandmother grew up on a small farm in southwest Virginia, and kept a garden well into her 80’s. Amos’s great grandfather recounted how he raised a garden and kept a dairy cow in what are now Elizabethton TN city limits.

Amos and Kaci met in college. It was only after having both spent time abroad did they realize the gift of their mountain heritage. Shortly after they were married in 2007 they purchased Trosly Farm in Elk Park NC, just a few minutes drive from where Amos grew up. Their goal from the beginning has been to continue small-scale artisanal farming and make their heritage available to the public.

Since starting the farm, Amos and Kaci have been able to learn from and network with traditional producers at home and around the world. Most recently they were able to visit several traditional farms in Tuscany Italy. There they made some wonderful friends and learned artisanal food production techniques.

It is Amos and Kaci’s pride to make available to you their mountain heritage with a little flair from their European friends.

What's in a Name?
The name "Trosly" comes from a little town in France which is the home of one of our heroes, Jean Vanier. Vanier is a proponent of belonging, celebration, and peace- all things that we hope to embody here on the farm.
Practices
We continually walk a fine line between innovation and tradition.

Our goal is to honor the values of our Appalachian heritage--
self sufficiency, propriety, land stewardship, and low impact/input agricultural practices.

Our farming begins and ends in gratitude.

We are not certified organic. Organic farming allows for the use of toxic organic pesticides, organic herbicides, and organic fungicides. While they generally don’t cause harm to us humans, these organic sprays are very detrimental to pollinators, especially bees, as well as to the entire community of beneficial insects in an ecosystem. Organic pesticides still kill indiscriminately, just like conventional pesticides! We practice what is often termed “Beyond Organic,” or "Organic 2.0." Organic farming also still encourages the use of plowing, discs and other tillage equipment which has proven to be highly detrimental to soil health and soil biology, and increases greenhouse gas emissions. While we support the organic movement - it is far better than the conventional alternative - we also believe that the organic movement needs to adopt even better management practices. At Trosly Farm, we meet or exceed all organic standards, but we also strive to create a healthy, vibrant, natural ecosystem that is strong, bio-diverse, and resilient... and that also happens to produce food for us humans! For more information on organic farming and our farming practices, join us for one of our fun, inspirational and informative Farm Tours or events that we have planned for this season!