Rare Earth Farms – Organic Beef and Veal Farms in Zebulon, Wake County and Bunn, Franklin County, NC

You may have driven past Fearrington Village with its signature Beltie cattle, looking more like chocolate and crème sandwich cookies than cows. You’ve seen the crazy California commercials: cows lip syncing memorable skits to sell the concept of happier treatment leading to better products. You may have watched “The Chef and the Farmer,” the local public television break-out hit show highlighting successful organic farming-come-haute-cuisine. However you’ve been introduced to it, sustainable food production is a hot topic – and a good business model.

Innovation in Agriculture

With all the world-wide media attention on animal cruelty, chemicals used in farming, genetically-modified foods, and sustainability, farmers are under more scrutiny and pressure toward accountability than ever before. As Americans grow more obese, less active, and more dependent on high-cost medical treatments, American farmers are searching for more effective ways of producing better and more foods that combat these epidemic issues. North Carolina is a vanguard on the fronts of today’s food and nutrition battles, leveraging the state’s historic roots as an innovative agricultural economy.

Proven Local Success

Rare Earth Farms cows: Central North Carolina Farm-to-Table and organic farming practices

Rare Earth Farms cows: Central North Carolina Farm-to-Table and organic farming practices

Part of North Carolina’s innovation in food production is its application of organic growth and humane treatment concepts on its participating farms. Local to the Triangle Area is a beef producer literally putting its money where its cow’s mouths are: Rare Earth Farms. Located in the Greater Triangle Area, Rare Earth Farms provides some of the area’s finest grass-fed, no-added-hormones, non-antibiotic produced beef. Using sustainable farming practices, North Carolina natives and partners Karl Hudson and Mann Mullen have developed some of the finest quality meats in North Carolina.

Mullen’s farm is located in Bunn, and Hudson’s farm is located in Zebulon, making a commute to and from Raleigh area restaurants and consumers a more-sustainable practice within itself.

With their recent expansion through partnership withCarvel Cheves of Clover C Farms in Bunn, now Rare Earth Farms is sustainably producing lamb as well.


Rare Earth Farms: Central North Carolina Farm-to-Table and organic farming practices

Rare Earth Farms Logo: Central North Carolina Farm-to-Table and organic farming practices

Farmers in North Carolina have access to some pretty powerful support for training and practicing sustainable farming – and sustainable growth of their businesses. Hudson and Mullen have committed to yearly audits of their farms through multiple organizations that provide standardized oversight and measurement of quality.

From its Animal Welfare Approved status to its Carolina Farm Stewardship Association membership, Rare Earth Farms welcomes transparency and ideas exchange.





Rare Earth Farms – the Farm with a Food Truck – North Carolina Farms in Zebulon, Wake County and Bunn, Franklin County.

Rare Earth Farms makes its products available the public in Wake County at the State Farmers Market Mon-Wed-Thur from 10 am to 2 pm; Sundays 9-5, directly to its CSA (community-supported agriculture) members, and most recently via food truck on the road selling their all natural grass-fed burgers and hand-cut fries. In addition, one of the best ways to understand sustainable farming is through touring participating farms during the annual Farm Tour. This year’s Eastern NC Farm Tour will be held September 19-20, 1-5 pm each day.

Visit Rare Earth Farms online at www.RareEarthFarms.com.



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Getting Started With Specialty Crops in NC

We are looking for Ag Land of all sizes for buyer client needs. If you have Ag property with open fields for crops please call us today at 919-749-3177.

Looking for Ag Land tracts for specialty growers in North Carolina can be simpler with a solid business plan, an experienced real estate agent, and good consultants.

Getting Started With a Specialty Farm

Specialty crops can help to bring in higher prices because they are not widely grown in a particular region. However, developing a crop plan, buying land and handling all aspects of planting and harvesting for your specialty farm requires that you work with local experts. Here some tips for starting your specialty farm in North Carolina.


Specialty Crops Grown in North Carolina

The idea of specialty farming in North Carolina originally began as a method of weaning farmers off field crops (primarily tobacco, soybeans and maize) in order create regional demand for other crops. While there are some large operations, the majority of specialty farms on North Carolina rural land are small-scale farms. Today, high-value, specialty crops that are grown in North Carolina include:

  • strawberries
  • peaches
  • blueberries
  • tomatoes
  • asparagus
  • seedless watermelons
  • lettuces
  • muskmelons
  • floriculture

Many growers opt to grow multiple specialty crops on a single farm in order to increase revenues. Finding land with the right soil quality and weather conditions is the first step to planning your specialty farm.

Selecting Land for Your Specialty Farm

Specialty crop farms in North Carolina can be subject to varying levels of risk depending on the region in which the farm is located. Some areas in North Carolina are prone to high natural disaster risks while others feature distinct weather patterns that can put farms at risk for experiencing high winds, excessive heat, freezing temperatures and heavy rain.

A map created by researchers at Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA indicates where specialty farms are located in North Carolina and where disaster declarations were made from the years 2008 through 2012 in order to help farmers assess the risks. As a result, if you want to choose the best place to buy land for your specialty farm in North Carolina, you should make sure that you opt for a region that will offer the potential risk and return levels that you feel comfortable with.

North Carolina Specialty Farms

The North Carolina Specialty Crops Program website can provide more information on how to start a specialty farm in North Carolina. Although, this program has not been active since 1998 due to a lack of funding, the site continues to operate in order to provide informational resources for farmers and entrepreneurs. The site, managed by North Carolina State University and Cooperative Extension, offers the links to the results of on-farm trials and research reports that look at the costs and returns of producing various specialty crops in the southeastern United States.

A professional real estate agent experienced in farm and land sales can help you to select the right North Carolina investment property for your needs. Legacy Farms and Ranches can assist you with specialty farm land sales in Wake, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Halifax, Warren, Vance, Granville, Durham, Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Lee, Harnett, Caswell, and Person counties. If you are searching for North Carolina farmland or acreage for sale, call Gardner at Legacy Farms and Ranches at (919) 749­-3177.