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Green Toe Ground grows and sells vegetables full of flavor and vitality by making holistic decisions that jointly foster long term resiliency of people and land and provide a sustainable livelihood for the farmers and their family.

Gaelan and Nicole came to Green Toe in the fall of 2001, joining a friend who had been farming on the land. After farming together during 2002, we bought out his equipment and infrastructure. Primarily using the bottom fields by the river and cultivating with a rototiller and hand tools, we started a CSA in 2002 and entered markets in 2003. We started practicing biodynamic farming practices on the land in 2004. We feel it speaks to our philosophy and perspective of approaching our farm as a whole organism.

After five years of renting, we had the opportunity to buy our 16 acres of land in 2006. We grow vegetables of all kinds. We have worked hard to find which varieties work well for our land, but are always exploring new products. We usually start selling in April and go through December, though sometimes we sell year-round.

Although we have been farming for 20 years, we do not know everything, still make mistakes, and continue to learn everyday. We have been on this piece of land for 15 years, usually working side-by-side with 1-2 apprentices and our two daughters. We love to discuss what we are doing and share our experiences and background.

You can find our products at North Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market, Farm Burger (Asheville, NC), Early Girl Eatery (Asheville, NC), Smoky Park Supper Club (Asheville, NC), Cucina 24 (Asheville, NC), Zambra (Asheville, NC), and Copper Crown (Asheville, NC).

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You can find our products at North Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market, Farm Burger (Asheville, NC), Early Girl Eatery (Asheville, NC), Smoky Park Supper Club (Asheville, NC), Cucina 24 (Asheville, NC), Zambra (Asheville, NC), and Copper Crown (Asheville, NC).

About purchasing from Green Toe...

"We have been working with Green Toe for almost 15 years and have been pleased 100% of the time - both with product and service."

- Julie, owner of Early Girl Eatery, Asheville, NC

"I have been a member of Green Toe Ground's CSA for over 12 years. Having the CSA with them is a way of life for me and my family. Gaelan and Nicole have become close friends of mine. They have a wonderful way of connecting with customers through the food they sell. I believe they embody what it means to be an organic farmer in their relationship with the land, their lifestyle and beliefs, and the people they serve."

- Dan, CSA member

Our work schedule…

We offer internships April thru October, with the possibility to extend. Typically, we work Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m. as needed, with a lunch break. As the weather gets warmer, we often start earlier in the morning. Tuesdays and Fridays are harvest days, and Wednesdays are delivery days to restaurants in Asheville. The Asheville City Market and North Asheville tailgate markets require us to leave the farm by 5:15 on Saturdays. Apprentices are not always required to come to market, but if you’re not we may ask you to cover other chores such as feeding and watering of animals, watering starts in the greenhouse, etc.

Compensation offered...

We offer a weekly cash stipend and monthly food stipend to use at our local food cooperative, which offers dry and canned goods as well as some meat. Apprentices live in an off the grid cabin with water catchment system for washing dishes. There is an oven and stove, outdoor toilet, and a solar shower bag at the cabin. Apprentices do have access to a refrigerator. We offer vegetables from the farm, eggs, and milk.

We have WiFi at our house and can set up some times weekly or as needed when you can come and sit on porch and use your computer. The Celo Community Center (right down the road) also has wifi access and it is open to the public to use.

Our farm is a somewhat active member in the CRAFT network.

Our location...

We live in a beautiful place in the South Toe River Valley at the base of the Black Mountains, in the township of Celo, NC. Once summer starts, there are lots of music festivals and events in Burnsville and the surrounding regions. We have a large party for the 4th of July, with music and a DJ, Farm Olympics, and fireworks. Celo has a pickup soccer game every Sunday. Biking and walking and hiking trails are abundant in Celo and in Pisgah National Forest, and we have the best swimming holes in the area right on our property!

We request applicants come with an open and curious mind and a willingness to adapt and learn. These are critical skills to success at our farm. We may not do everything perfectly or the way you expect, but we do have our reasons.

A car or truck is handy to have at our farm so you can leave when you'd like.

To inquire about employment opportunities, please contact us by email or phone in December or January or visit our website for further information.

About working at Green Toe...

"Working with Gaelen and Nicole was a really special experience. They are simultaneously filled with knowledge and also understand the value of self experimentation as a powerful way of learning. They have their ways and practices, but I was able to try things out in my way, and encouraged to use my own skills and understanding to perform a task. There is structure, and also freedom. The farm itself is idyllic, dropped in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains, nestled up against the stunning South Toe river. You work hard and play hard. There is time for exploration of the area and dips into the cool water when a days a hard work is said and done. The farm is a run using biodynamic principals which is powerful way to orient oneself around growing systems and food production."

- Julie, former apprentice

"Nicole and Gaelan are great farmers to work for and learn from! Lifestyle is rustic, a bit remote, and absolutely lovely. Workload is fair, and varies depending on the time of the season. Overall highly recommend Green Toe Ground if you are looking for experience with a small scale, minimally-mechanized operation... especially if you're interested in learning about biodynamics, animals, living off grid, and getting to know some truly great people!"

- Grace, former apprentice

"Wonderful farm in gorgeous setting. Salt of the earth folks. The most realistic farming experience."

- Joe, former apprentice

This farm has reported that they are no longer hiring for the 2017 growing season. Please check back winter 2018 for next years' opportunities.

Our farm is available for event space. Please visit our website for more information.

About purchasing from Green Toe...

"We have been working with Green Toe for almost 15 years and have been pleased 100% of the time - both with product and service."

- Julie, owner of Early Girl Eatery, Asheville, NC

"I have been a member of Green Toe Ground's CSA for over 12 years. Having the CSA with them is a way of life for me and my family. Gaelan and Nicole have become close friends of mine. They have a wonderful way of connecting with customers through the food they sell. I believe they embody what it means to be an organic farmer in their relationship with the land, their lifestyle and beliefs, and the people they serve."

- Dan, CSA member

About working at Green Toe...

"Working with Gaelen and Nicole was a really special experience. They are simultaneously filled with knowledge and also understand the value of self experimentation as a powerful way of learning. They have their ways and practices, but I was able to try things out in my way, and encouraged to use my own skills and understanding to perform a task. There is structure, and also freedom. The farm itself is idyllic, dropped in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains, nestled up against the stunning South Toe river. You work hard and play hard. There is time for exploration of the area and dips into the cool water when a days a hard work is said and done. The farm is a run using biodynamic principals which is powerful way to orient oneself around growing systems and food production."

- Julie, former apprentice

"Nicole and Gaelan are great farmers to work for and learn from! Lifestyle is rustic, a bit remote, and absolutely lovely. Workload is fair, and varies depending on the time of the season. Overall highly recommend Green Toe Ground if you are looking for experience with a small scale, minimally-mechanized operation... especially if you're interested in learning about biodynamics, animals, living off grid, and getting to know some truly great people!"

- Grace, former apprentice

"Wonderful farm in gorgeous setting. Salt of the earth folks. The most realistic farming experience."

- Joe, former apprentice


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