There are few things in life of greater importance than the food that we buy and eat every day. Yet, the vegetables you buy at the grocery store and the vegetables you buy directly from a farm are worlds apart. In many ways we've forgotten the simple joys that our grandparents and great-grandparents experienced when they sliced into the first tomato of the season, after eating canned ones all winter, or the richness of a just picked sweet potato. Here at York Farm we want to help all of us remember the excitement of food: true gifts of nature.
We aim to nurture the health and fertility of our land through sustainable cultivation of fruits, vegetables, and eggs in order to provide the healthiest produce to Mount Airy, Winston-Salem, and the surrounding area. No pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, or chemicals of any kind will ever be applied to our food-growing land, and no genetically modified seeds or food will ever be grown or fed to our animals. That is a promise. We cherish the opportunity to support the health and vitality of our community, while revitalizing a piece of our family and its rich history.
We grow around forty different types of vegetables and fruits throughout the year, in addition to about fifteen various culinary and medicinal herbs, and edible flowers. In 2017, we added two experimental crops to our production that we hope to grow much more of in the future - dried beans and rice. Our biggest goal is to make the farm as self-sustainable as we can, and we are working towards recreating Kyle's great-grandfather's orchard with muscadine grapes, blueberries, and fruit trees, as well as tending to the land in a holistic way with building a system for making our own compost, crop rotation, and, of course, more animals. Just like those who lived here and planted the land in tobacco and a small garden, built the barn to house mules and chickens, we want to create a farm that lasts for years to come.
York Farm truly began in the late 1800s when Wesley York, Kyle's great-grandfather, began purchasing land in the Beulah community, located between Mount Airy and Lowgap, North Carolina. He moved to Beulah from Winston-Salem on doctor's orders, as he suffered from respiratory issues aggravated from working in the tobacco warehouses. Wesley, like many of his generation, maintained a large vegetable garden and kept chickens, cows, mules, and horses. York Farm, today, aims to honor the traditions of the family-run farm as well as the reason that Wesley moved from the city and started the farm — to cultivate and share the lifestyle that gave him a clean bill of health. Our name is an homage to his land and his journey, and our goal is to provide our community with the most nutritious food they can eat to promote good health.