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Experience life at Hickory Nut Gap Farm through weekly writings by Mark Clarke, farmer and family member.

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Our Farm Family

The land of Hickory Nut Gap Farm is jointly owned by the six children of James and Elspeth Clarke. In 2008 the land was put into a conservation easement with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Protected for eternity, the land will remain managed by the family and their agricultural pursuits.

Some of the six children, now grown with children and grandchildren of their own, remain here at the farm and close by in the area, while some have moved away and pursued a different course in life.

This large farm family gathers often as the draw of the family home and their agricultural heritage is still strong. Many of the 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren are involved in various aspects of agriculture.

The Agers


John and Annie Ager host the Hickory Nut Gap Farm Camp. Nearly every day you can catch Annie upon a horses back with a single file line of riding students following behind her. John Ager is involved in farmland preservation efforts in the region and a partner in Drovers Road Preserve.


Amy and Jamie Ager co-own the Hickory Nut Gap Farm business and the brand Hickory Nut Gap Meats. 2013 celebrates the 12-Year Anniversary of their grassfed and pastured meats business. Both are graduates of Warren Wilson College. They have three eager boys who enjoy moving cows and feeding baby chicks.

Eric and Rachel Ager currently live in Washington DC with their four children and will soon be moving to Turkey.

Kevin and Marni Ager are living in sunny California.

Doug Ager is pursuing a Masters in English at WCU and lives in Swannanoa, NC.

The Hamiltons

Dr. Will and Susie Hamilton also host a part of Hickory Nut Gap Farm Camp at their house and farm. Dr. Will has retired from his family practice and is spending time enjoying his family and friends. Susie runs an after-school art program and is the hub of children's activities in Fairview.


Isaiah and Annie Perkinson, along with their two daughters, own and operate Flying Cloud Farm an 14-acre glory of organically grown vegetables and fruits and a feast for the eyes. Flying Cloud Farm offers their vegetables for sale at their roadside stand, local farmers market and through a CSA.

William and Molly Hamilton and their four children live adjacent to the farm in their newly constructed passive solar house. William works with the SAHC. Molly is an Extension Assistant for the state of NC and coordinates the NC Organic Grain Project.


With help from their three boys, Elizabeth and Fred Bahnson are cultivating a bio-intensive garden and permaculture orchard in Brevard. Elizabeth, former fiddle player for the Steep Canyon Rangers, is still a musician whose most recent album with Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm is entitled The Way of Manna. She is currently teaching fiddle lessons while Fred has just published his first book co-authored with Norman Wirzba titled Making Peace with the Land.

David Hamilton lives and gardens in Chapel Hill, NC and is a member of a bluegrass band called the Ragweed Boys.

Elspie Hamilton is currently living and working in Yosemite National Park teaching environmental education and exploring the high peaks as an avid rock climber.

The Clarkes

Jim and Francine Clarke currently live with their family and are enjoying their three grandchildren in Concord, NC. Jim Clarke is CFO and VP of Manual Woodworkers.

Billy and Cindy Clarke live in Fairview. Billy is an environmental lawyer at Roberts & Stevens Law Firm and Cindy works at UNCA with the Family Business Institute. They have five children Winslow Clarke Dean, Durban, Phelps, Ambrose, and William.

Dumont Clarke and his wife, Shirley J. Linn, live and work in Charlotte NC. Dumont is an attorney with Moore & Van Allen PLLC and also has served on the Board of County Commissioners of Mecklenburg County since 2000. Shirley is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of FairPoint Communications, Inc. They also own a house on the edge of the farm here and try to get up as many weekends and holidays as possible. On any given Saturday morning, there’s a good chance you will run into Shirley in the farm store buying out all the tenderloins! They have two daughters, Elizabeth, a US Navy intelligence officer, who is always on the move, and Deborah, who teaches history at Charlotte Latin School.

Doug and Betsy Clarke just finished building their home here on the farm. They have four children, Mark, Lily, Zoe, and Charlie. Doug manages the upkeep of the family home and grounds. Betsy is an oncology nurse at Mission Hospital.