Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Protecting the World's Oldest Mountains

Upcoming Events and Guided Group Hikes

Hikes are FREE to SAHC Members; $10.00 non-members, unless otherwise noted. (Hikes on public lands are free for all participants; see individual hike descriptions.) Registration is required. For directions, additional information, or registration, please contact Haley Smith at haley@appalachian.org or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205.


Community Farm Guided Tour along the Discovery Trail
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Wednesday, June 29
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Cost: Free for SAHC members; $10 for non-members. Registration is required.

Join us on our Community Farm for a hike on the 1.5-mile Discovery Trail! The hike will be led by Chris Link, SAHC’s Community Farm and Food Associate. He will begin by providing a bit of background about the farm and its conservation history. Along the trail you will have a chance to view wildlife that may be in the area as well as learn about the various projects underway at the farm.

You will hike by Second Spring Market Garden, which is a part of our Beginning Farmer Incubator Program. After crossing through a forested area, we will reach our 25-acre Stream Restoration Project. The trail then climbs uphill towards our Shortleaf Pine Reforestation Project area before reaching an overlook with an amazing view of the property. From here, you may see some of the Piney Woods cattle, a rare heritage breed, that belong to our other incubator farm program, Sparrow Hill Farm. As we complete the trail loop, you may get a closer look at the cattle as we return through another forested area. Throughout the hike you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the farm, so come ready to learn!

Registration is open — sign up today! Please RSVP by emailing Haley Smith at Haley@appalachian.org.


beesCommunity Farm Workshop: Bee Curious
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Thursday, June 30
Time: 5 - 6:30 pm
Cost: Free for everyone. Registration is required.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in partnership with Lewis Cauble presents a FREE beekeeping workshop at our Community Farm in Alexander, NC.

Lewis Cauble, Apiary Inspector with NCDA&CS, will speak about beekeeping in NC. He will give us a rudimentary overview of beekeeping including challenges, resources, how the hive works, and how beekeeping contributes to agriculture. Bring your questions about bees and beekeeping.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who is interested in beekeeping or is already an avid beekeeper. Everyone is welcome!

To attend, please RSVP (REQUIRED) to Chris Link at Chris@appalachian.org or call 828-253-0095 ext. 203.


Community Farm Workshop: Irrigation for Small Farms
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Thursday, July 7
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Cost: $10 - 20, sliding scale.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy in partnership with Chris McWhorter & Suzanna Denison presents an educational workshop on irrigation at our Community Farm in Alexander, NC.
At some point in time all farmers will have to face drought conditions, so planning ahead for your irrigation setup is critical.

Chris McWhorter of W.P. Law (irrigation specialists) will discuss well output, static & dynamic pressure, calculations for sizing your system, drip vs. spray, watering rates, layout, component selection, irrigation scheduling, operation and maintenance. Suzanna Denison of WNC Farm Link will discuss land assessment for infrastructure and associated costs to consider when looking to lease or buy. There will be time for Q & A afterwards so bring questions about your current or planned irrigation design.

For Who: Anyone who is planning to produce on leased or owned land. This information is relevant for a variety of operation types and sizes — from home growers to commercial operations and from vegetable producers to livestock operations. Everyone is welcome!

Registration is required. *Space is limited* To attend, please contact Chris Link at Chris@appalachian.org or call 828-253-0095 ext. 203.


Hi-Wire Brewing Company - Donating 15% to SAHC
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Thursday, July 7
Time: 4 - 11 pm

Our friends at Hi-Wire Brewing are pouring out some love for conservation as they open the taps on Thursday, July 7. They will donate 15% of proceeds from the evening to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, to benefit local land and water conservation!

Grab a friend and raise a pint to help protect your favorite peak, river, farm, or hiking trail! SAHC staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions or chat about our work.


Upper Catawba Falls Hike
Black Mountain, NC
Date: Saturday, July 9
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Difficulty: Moderately Difficult (7-8)

Cost: Free for SAHC members; $10 for non-members. Registration is required.

Join us for this unique, guided hike along the headwater streams of the to the top of spectacular Catawba Falls. The Catawba River flows for approximately 220 miles, beginning in the Southern Appalachians until it drains in the South Carolina Piedmont. While the headwaters of the Catawba can be found in neighboring McDowell County, public access is limited. Our hike begins on a tract which has been protected through a conservation easement with SAHC. The trail involves several creek crossings – 18 round trip! – So prepare for wet feet. This will be a rugged and adventurous 4- mile hike, through rich cove forest and into streams. Most who access Catawba Falls have only viewed the large falls from below; come hike with us to see this rare view of the upper falls!

Registration is open — sign up today! For more info or to register, contact Haley Smith at Haley@appalachian.org. Directions and additional details will be provided after registration.

(Photo from last year's hike by Craig Thompson)


grassyGrassy Ridge Mow-Off
Highlands of Roan
Date: Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 17

We need YOUR help on the mountain!

Camp out or come for a day. Join other volunteers as we work to maintain the globally rare grassy and shrub balds found on Grassy Ridge, one of the most beautiful and ecologically significant sites in the Roan Highlands. We’ll cut invasive blackberries and other shrubs using weed whackers and brush cutters. Enjoy great company, great food and great job satisfaction!

Backpackers and day trippers are both welcome. The hike is about 2.5 miles one way, the camping is gorgeous, and we have a job suited to almost everyone. In order to plan for food, fun, and equipment, we need you to sign up for a volunteer slot by Monday July 11th.

Please us the registration link to sign up to volunteer, and at the end of the sign up form please include in the answer to the question "What else do we need to know?": when you will arrive, how many will be in your party, and whether or not you'll be bringing anyone under the age of 18.

Sign Up to Volunteer Here:
http:// www.signupgenius.com/go/ 30e044bafa82da1fa7-grassy

Grassy Ridge Mow-Off Schedule:

Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Campers arrive, set up your tent and return to the work site.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Day hikers arrive. Sign in/Orientation

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Work time! (lunch break at 1 pm)

Saturday 4:00 p.m. - bedtime. Clean up and store equipment. Fun, Fellowship and Food time for campers!

Sunday 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A short work day and pack out. *Everyone should be prepare to pack out group trash.

Please contact Marquette Crockett, Roan Stewardship Director at marquette@appalachian.org for more information about the work day or specific volunteer duties.


Community Farm Workshop: Black Soldier Fly Digester Design - Part 2, Closing the Loop
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, July 24
Time: 2 - 4 pm

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Cattle Talk 2 - Handling and the Bud Box System
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 3 - 5 pm

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Forage Management
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: August, Date TBD

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Farm Safety - Tractors, Skin Cancer, Pesticides and Sprayer Calibrations
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Thursday, September 8

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-in Cooler Design/Build 1
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, October 9

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-in Cooler Design/Build 2
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, October 23

Save the Date! Details TBA


Community Farm Workshop: Whole farm planning - Base mapping, site analysis and schematic design
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, November 13
Time: 2 - 6 pm

Save the Date! Details TBA


Gray's Lily Leadership Circle Event
SAHC Community Farm, Alexander, NC
Date: Sunday, October 2
Time: 2 - 6 pm

Save the Date! Details TBA


bookwalterBookwalter Binge Gran Fondo 2016
Black Mountain, NC
Date: Saturday, October 29

The BB Charity Gran Fondo is a bike ride in which cyclists ride a challenging 30, 62, or 83 mile course. The ride begins and ends at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC. The courses are marked, and follow cars are on route. There are four aid stations in the 83 mile route, 3 in the 62 mile route, and two in the 30 mile route. There are timed mountain climbing sections for those who wish to compete during the ride. The aid stations are staffed by volunteers handing out snacks, sports drinks, and water, and some stations have bike mechanics. There is a rolling road block for the first 5 miles, and intersections that are particularly dangerous have crossing guards. Participants are able to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and experience the hospitality and charm of Black Mountain and Asheville. Participants ride and converse with past, present, and future cycling celebrities, who join the ride as guides and guests.

For the second year in a row, proceeds from the Binge will support SAHC! Register to ride here, or sign up to become a volunteer.

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Haley Smith,
haley@appalachian.org or 828-253-0095 ex. 205.

Hike Key Note: Hikes are rated 1-10 (greater than 10 for extremely difficult hikes). A rating of 5 is considered moderate, 10 difficult, and 1 extremely easy. We come up with this number by putting the hike elevation change and mileage to this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + Round trip distance (miles) = Difficulty rating (1-10).

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Upcoming events

Community Farm Workshop: Bee Curious
SAHC Community Farm
Thursday, June 30

Community Farm Workshop: Irrigation for Small Farms
SAHC Community Farm
Thursday, July 7

Hi-Wire Fundraiser, Donating 15% to SAHC
Hi-Wire Brewery, Asheville, NC
Thursday, July 7

Upper Catawba Falls Hike
SAHC Community Farm
Saturday, July 9

Grassy Ridge Mow-Off
Highlands of Roan
Saturday, July 16

Community Farm Workshop: Black Soldier Fly Digester, Part 2
SAHC Community Farm
Sunday, July 24

Community Farm Workshop: Cattle Talk 2
SAHC Community Farm
Thursday, August 25

Community Farm Workshop: Forage Management
SAHC Community Farm
August TBD

Community Farm Workshop: Farm Safety
SAHC Community Farm
Thursday, September 8

Community Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-In Cooler Design/Build 1
SAHC Community Farm
Sunday, October 9

Community Farm Workshop: Mobile Walk-In Cooler Design/Build 2
SAHC Community Farm
Sunday, October 23

Community Farm Workshop: Whole Farm Planning
SAHC Community Farm
Thursday, July 7

Gray's Lily Leadership Circle Reception
SAHC Community Farm
Sunday, November 13

Bookwalter Binge Charity Gran Fondo
Black Mountain, NC
Saturday, October 29

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