Stories from the Ridge

This season, we hope you can cozy up for quality time with your loved ones.

It’s a time of year where we can roast chestnuts on an open fire, listen to holiday classics, and show gratitude to all those who make our life sweet. Reflecting on the year gone by, we’ve seen tremendous change here on our property. And as we know, change is an essential part of growth.

In 2022 we hosted nearly 100 events on the Ridge.

Every week this year there’s been something exciting to discover at Juneberry. We hosted new regularly scheduled events from farm dinners to Sunday brunches designed to build community around our farm and the delicious food we grow and source locally.

Inviting everyone into nature is our enduring joy.

Last February, we joined the world annual Great Backyard Bird Count to track the species found on our acreage. In 2021 we launched our summer music festival Juneberry Jams and this year we brought out over 1,000 guests to enjoy six concerts across June, July, and August. Throughout the year we trailblazed over two miles of new forested paths with the help from 70+ volunteers from the YMCA Summer Camp, Stanly County Middle School, and several local bushmasters. We learn so much from our youngest guests, and this year we launched our first summer camp. Bright kids ranging from 5th to 8th grades came to experience our farm and learn about regenerative methods, ultimately planting the seeds for future generations of farmers. We’ll be expanding all of these programs and more in 2023.

Guests came to celebrate, unwind, and reconnect.

We helped families celebrate monumental birthdays, hosted seven happy couples for their weddings, and provided team building retreats for companies large and small. Foundation for the Carolinas, Uwharrie Bank, Bank of America, the U.S. Military, as well as State and Local government officials have all come to Juneberry to rest, recharge, and reconnect.

Nature is always teaching us new things.

Our land has expanded from 560 acres in 2019 to nearly 750 by 2023. We’ve also planted nearly 2,000 trees in this same period of time. Our land expansion includes a significant pastoral transformation which is essential to advancing our regenerative agriculture system. We’re doubling our livestock grazing capability by harvesting areas that have been growing monoculture pine trees. Our new pastures will be home to a polyculture grazing system for nearly 1,800 sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys. In all we do, we are finding ways to let nature lead, showing us how to enrich our soil and increase the biodiversity on our land while improving the taste and quality of the food we produce. All of which we hope you’ll come to enjoy in the new year.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

About the Author
Suzanne Durkee

As the CEO of Juneberry Ridge, Suzanne is also our chief connector. She’s in charge of bringing our teams and guests together to regenerate the water, soil, and biodiversity of our land. When she’s not at the farm, you’ll find her creating recipes as well as oil paintings inspired by nature and her edible garden at home.

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