We are Katie + Mike and we’re honored to say we’ve been tending this land for 13+ years now. We have loved opening up the farm for private events and witnessing how the land soaks up the good energy of weddings and music out here.
Mike hails from Durham, NC attended UNCA and has a degree in horticultural science from Haywood Community College. He managed a small landscaping and gardening business before we started farming together. I am a native Ashevillian. I attended Warren Wilson College and NC State University where I studied communications and public relations. I found my true calling at The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine where I dove deep into the world of medicinal plants and the great beauty of our native flora and fauna. I worked for a small flower farm in Marshall and after a few seasons realized that I knew that all paths led to farming. I took a small business class and the rest came together very in a serendipitous manner!
We started our farming adventure in 2008, renting land in Candler, NC from Brad Martin of Southeastern Natives Plant Nursery. With the help of our families, we were able to purchase our own farm in Big Sandy Mush, just outside of Leicester, NC where we have been farming since 2012. We are so thankful for all the support we have received on this venture, seen and unseen, which is one of the reasons we named our farm after the Goddess of Love, Lady Luck! Up until 2019 we devoted most of the farmland to growing flowers and being a production flower farm, with an acre dedicated to medicinal herbs.
Beginning in Winter of 2019 we decided to switch those two around and focus more of our production farming efforts on medicinal herbs. And so Kestrel Herb Farm was born. We decided to keep Lady Luck as her own thing ~ a space for workshops, gatherings, events + bountiful flower gardens and make a whole new name and business for the herbs! That way we wouldn’t have to market all these very different things in one place. We have scaled back on flowers, but not as much as we thought we would! They’re too hard to let go of, so we just make it all work ~ a half acre of peonies in the spring, an acre of dahlias in the summer and into the fall and a fair amount of other specialty blooms throughout the season, in little gardens everywhere. All while working on building up our perennial stock. I’m particularly obsessed with the giant lillies right now! And Roses!
We harvest a wide variety of flowers and medicinal herbs from April to October. We are strongly committed to the stewardship of the land, and only use organic inputs to grow our crops. We see the farm as a microcosm of our planet Earth, where individual organisms work symbiotically to nurture and sustain one another.
Our passion lies in connecting people with nature, growing community and celebrating and honoring life + momentous occasions.
Thanks for being here,
Katie + Mike