A little more history… Rutherford Platt Hayes started our little community when he moved to Asheville, North Carolina. He acquired large holdings of land, including a tract on Deaver View Mountain, and Falconhurst, a farm near the city. There he engaged in scientific farming on a large scale, using his knowledge of conservation and biology to considerable advantage. Rutherford Platt was an active promoter of the western North Carolina Fair, which was held in Asheville, and as president, guided its activities for several years.
Starting in the 1940s, Bill and Dot Broome raised their family, farmed the land, and bred horses here, while west Asheville changed from rural, to suburban, to semi-urban. Bill didn’t stop farming until he was in his 90s. From his back porch he admired the neighboring Falconhurst Community Garden, and in 2010 allowed them to expand into one of his fields. The community garden, formed in 2008, is what first brought together many of the people now engaged in this new endeavor.