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PHOTO COURTESY OF JANET PETERSON

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAT VIBERT

Cloud 9 Farm

PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLOUD 9 FARM

Cloud 9 Farm
Fletcher, N.C.
828-628-1758
cloud9relaxation.com
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PHOTO COURTESY OF SHERI POWERS

The tagline, "beds, berries, trees, beef and honeybees plus a whole
lot of peace and quiet" sums up life at Cloud 9 Farm.
Located on 200 acres in Fletcher, N.C., the farm has been in
the Peterson family since the 1970s. Retired schoolteacher and
second-generation farmer Janet Peterson transformed the farm
from a secluded u-pick blueberry patch into a working farm with
chickens, cattle, bees and a vegetable patch. She called it Cloud
9 because that's how her parents felt when they retired to the
pastoral setting.
"I made a commitment to be a steward of the land and keep
what we had without selling it to developers," Peterson explains.
In 2004, Peterson added on-farm accommodations. Most of
the overnight guests are families who want their children to experience life on the farm.
While some mini-farmhands are surprised by the realities of
farming - one little girl told Peterson it was "gross" that she ate
things out of the ground - others are eager to pitch in with chores
ranging from planting potatoes and tending the beehives to collecting eggs. As for the most popular activities on the farm,
Peterson believes it's a toss-up between interacting with the animals and sampling farm fresh foods.
"In the past, people grew up with chickens and big gardens
outside the back door but we don't have that anymore," Peterson
says. "Agritourism is becoming more popular because people want
to get in touch with where their food comes from."
Peterson is patient with children who come to the farm with
lots of questions and a few reservations about digging in the dirt
or reaching into nesting boxes to search for eggs. She's also passionate about her role as the caretaker of the land.
"It's a true farm experience on a conservation farm," Peterson
says. "I want this farm to be a showcase for what is possible when
we don't just use the land, we take care of it."

From top left: Cattle in the pastures provide a beautiful backdrop at
Cloud 9 Farm. Feeding the cows, helping with the hens and learning
how honey is made are favorite activities at the farm.

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From the Editor
From the Farm
Festivals & Events
The Hike
Creature Feature
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Potomac Highlands Adventures
Get Up Early! Great Farm Vacations
Saving Mabry Mill
Photo Essay: Mountain Skies
Signature Mountain Dishes
Waterfront Living
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: Canaan Resort
Guest Column
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Print to Mobile
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - From the Editor
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - From the Farm
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Festivals & Events
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - The Hike
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Country Roads
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Potomac Highlands Adventures
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Get Up Early! Great Farm Vacations
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Saving Mabry Mill
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Photo Essay: Mountain Skies
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Signature Mountain Dishes
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