Two Trees Forge and Farm is the home of Sustainabillies, LLC. It is nestled in a small mountain valley in the community of Beaverdam NC. We are surrounded by natural beauty and are truly gifted in that we found such a unique and useful property in Haywood County. Most of our property is very steep, and is being left in its natural state as a deciduous forest. We are currently working to heal the forest by removing non-native invasive species and restoring the natural understory to its former beauty.
We practice intensive agriculture which allows us to create enough space for raising food in a small area. We have fruit orchards including apples, peaches, blueberries, and strawberries as well as other fruits. We have several gardens where we grow organic vegetables and herbs, both culinary and medicinal. We have a greenhouse which allows us to start our own heirloom vegetables, having a complete circle of food production on our own property.
We have a chicken house with hens that provide us with fresh eggs and a pond for production of fish. A male peacock serves as the guard animal for our hens and his beauty and silly nature always leads to fun experiences. We have recently begun keeping bees and growing mushrooms.
Our blacksmith shop is one created through the acquisition of tools from several sources. We acquired most of our tools from a third generation blacksmith, making most of our shop over 100 years old. We are always on the lookout for tools, and have collected many from antique stores and flea markets. We are gearing up to start making fencing and gates, hand tools, and custom knives.
Our home is a stone cottage from 1940, which was in need of serious love and repair when we bought it. We have applied our knowledge of sustainability, construction, art, and blacksmithing to make it into our dream home. Sara specializes in making blacksmithed goods for the home, which adorn our house and make it more beautiful as well as functional. Dustin has been able to take a house that was in extreme disrepair and create a strong and beautiful home for our family, which is more sustainable than many homes built today, despite the lack of any sustainable features when we purchased the house. We feel that doing green remodels is very important, because it requires less land and resources to be consumed than building new green homes.