We are a small, family owned farm focusing on sustainable agriculture. Our products are nostalgically produced using historically accurate methods to provide our customers with the enjoyment of a quality, handmade product, while adding the concepts of “buying local”, “sustainable agriculture”, and “husbandry” to their vocabulary.
History of Imladris Farm
Imladris Farms (pronounced em’-la-dris) is our recreation of Walter’s great-grandparent’s farm. The Marlowe family has been a driving force in the Spring Mountain community since they immigrated here from Ireland in the early 1800′s. This particular piece of land has been in the family since it was obtained by an early ancestor by land grant. Most recently, all of the family land was purchased by Walter’s grandfather, Burgin Marlowe, in the 1940′s, from an uncle (Lane Chatham) then split amongst the family. The present location of Imladris Farm was given to Burgin’s parents, Fred and Mabel Marlowe. It already included a farmhouse and barn from before the turn of the century. Fred and Mabel made numerous changes to the house and added a freestanding garage/toolshed and a stone springhouse. Since we inherited the farm in 1997, we have found numerous fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes, flower beds, etc., including apple and plum trees over 50 years old, raspberries, gooseberries, hostas, and other fruits and flowers. The birth of Andy, our son, begins the seventh generation of our family’s presence on this farm.
Location of Imladris Farm
Imladris Farm is located southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, in the small mountain community of Fairview. To find us, leave Asheville on US 74 East, climb to the top of Minehole Gap, then turn left on Old Fort Rd. Drive five miles out Old Fort and turn left on Little Pond Rd. We’re the last place on Little Pond.
Personnel at Imladris Farm
Imladris is made up of Walter, Wendy, and Andy Harrill, proprietors (and professional herders, handymen, and milkmaids), Cherokee and Tucker (hounds extraordinaire), Vinegar (vermin regulator at large), Iris, Daisy, Nightshade, Trillium, and Dandelion (dairy producers, weed destroyers, and farm bosses), and way too many chickens to list…
The Philosophy of Imladris Farm
Imladris was founded on a belief in quality products achieved through sustainable agriculture. We feel strongly that plants and animals, if supported and nurtured, will yield high quality materials unavailable through conventional, commercial means. We’ve made it our goal to return to early, simpler methods of agriculture and living.
Sunlight dances through the leaves
Soft winds stir the sighing trees
Lying in the warm
Feel the sun upon your face
Elven songs and endless nights
Sweet wine and soft relaxing lights
Time will nevertouch you
Here in this enchanted place
~Geddy Lee and Neil Peart~