The Warren Wilson Farm realizes the College's philosophy of integrated work, community engagement, and academics. Our student-run, mixed-crop and livestock operation, although educational in nature, is a working farm with a commitment to sustainable farming practices. The Farm cultivates student leaders with a strong work ethic, continuing an agricultural tradition since 1894 in the Swannanoa Valley.
The Warren Wilson College Farm is a working farm. With 300 acres divided among 25 fields in the Swannanoa Valley, we are a diversified “mixed crop and livestock” farm, with beef cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry making up the majority of the livestock. We strive to practice “sustainable agriculture” – systems that work with nature, rather than against it.
We sell beef, pork, lamb and chicken during our Fall and Spring bulk meat sales. In these sales, meat is sold in bulk packages for stocking your freezer for the season. We may also host smaller freezer sales where you can buy small quantities of meat, depending on our inventory. Join our mailing list to get updates on when the sales are happening and to receive a copy of the order form.
The college’s dining hall, Gladfelter, serves our beef, pork, and chicken on a regular basis. Every Monday and Thursday burgers are served for lunch, and on Fridays pork sausage is served for breakfast. Check the daily menu to see when other WWC products are being served.
The College Bookstore has a freezer stocked with our beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. The available products will change with the seasons, so check back regularly if you don’t see what you want.
We will also be attending the campus Farmer’s Market seasonally. The market is in front of the Gladfelter dining hall Fridays from 11:00-1:00.
We are not USDA certified organic or certified GMO-free. Our practices are tailor-made to our Farm; we like to call it “better-than-organic”. Our beef and lamb do not consume any GMO crops. Our pork and poultry eat feed containing soybean meal that is purchased from a mill. We cannot guarantee that it is GMO-free.
Making a gift to the Farm program is easy and means the world to us. For a general gift to the Farm, please visit the College’s giving page. Under “Designation”, select Farm from the drop-down menu. If you are interested in sponsoring specific equipment and infrastructure purchases, please contact email@example.com for a current list of our needs.
“How can I hire one of your current students or graduates?”
Our students have reputations as exceptional workers. To post a job listing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a detailed description of the position. If you have a poster or flier made up, attach that to the email. We will forward to students we think would fit, post it on our jobs bulletin board, and pass it along to our Career Services department.
We’re located at 701 Warren Wilson Rd in Swannanoa, North Carolina. The Farm is on the Service Road, the entrance to campus directly across from Riceville Road. The Farm Office is located at the end of that road. If you hit gravel, you went too far! We are the cluster of red buildings down by the facilities building, and the office is the one with a garage door.
“Can I bring family, guests, and/or children to look at the animals on your farm?”
Yes, we love that people want to come and visit the farm! Please know that we can’t give tours without advanced notice. It’s important to us that you park in designated parking spots and that you remember we’re a real farm, not a petting zoo. The animals may be dangerous and you may not go in any of the pens, fields, or pastures when they have animals occupying them.
“Can I bring my school group to have a tour of the farm?”
Yes, during certain times of the year we can give tours to school groups. Please plan tours at least two weeks in advance. Tours may be led by a Farm manager, or by a qualified student, depending on your needs.