Juneberry Ridge: An oasis of agricultural fun

by | Sep 28, 2023

#EscapeWithNCAg is a year-long series that will focus on agritourism across North Carolina. Many farms, wineries and other agricultural businesses in our state offer events such as tours, yoga, educational classes, pick-your-own events and festivals, to entertain the public and teach them about our state’s number one industry. Each Thursday, we will feature a new site for you to visit with friends or family. Stay tuned and learn how to escape the stresses of life by diving into agriculture! 

Imagine warming your feet by a campfire and looking up at the stars before turning into a beautiful cabin in the woods. The next day, you spend the afternoon walking trails, honing your aim at precision clay shooting, or learning how to improve your gardening skills. In the evening, you’re treated to a four-course farm meal. You’re at a communal table, meeting folks who are there for the same reason as you: to connect to nature, healthier foods, and each other. Your meal is crafted for the season by a partnership of two worlds: a head chef and a head farmer who joined forces to celebrate vegetables and meats grown for their taste and nutrients.

Escape With NC Ag to discover Juneberry Ridge, a 750-acre regenerative farm and nature retreat located an hour’s drive east of Charlotte, in Norwood. The farm is a peaceful getaway from city life, offering relaxation in nature and clay shooting practice at their incredible shooting facilities. From farm-fresh products, including meats, vegetables and herbs, to a diverse range of agritoruism events, Juneberry Ridge is a must-visit location for those seeking relaxation and connection with the land.

The journey of Juneberry Ridge began with Judy Carpenter, a national champion breaking barriers in what was perceived as a “man’s sport.” Determined to forge her own path, she built Lucky Clays into a renowned five-stand clay shooting destination. Throughout this endeavor, the land spoke to her, inspiring her to preserve and share its natural abundance. That’s when Juneberry Ridge was born as a farm and education destination.

Visitors can explore the surrounding beauty, unwind by campfires under the starry night sky, and savor delicious meals made from fresh farm ingredients. The farm hosts a variety of events each year, including farm-to-table dinners, Sunday brunches, open clay shooting, nature retreats, weddings, and an annual summer music festival, Juneberry Jams.

“Our Farm-to-Fork Dinners are a true celebration of flavors from this part of the region,” said Paige Dyman, marketing manager for Juneberry Ridge. “We utilize products from our farm as well as local partners to create a seasonal menu that reflects the taste and profile of the community.” The community table setting creates a unique atmosphere, allowing guests to connect with one another and feel a sense of belonging. Farm-to-Fork Dinners can be reserved on their website, www.juneberry.com, and cost $100 per person, with the option to enhance the experience with a wine or beer pairing.

Another highlight is their open clay shooting events, held regularly throughout the year. Whether you’re a novice looking to learn from qualified instructors during a two-hour session or a skilled shooter eager to showcase your abilities, Juneberry Ridge provides an opportunity to embrace the sport that brought it to fruition. “Judy never misses a chance to join us for some exhilarating clay shooting,” shared Paige. “It’s not just a fun team-building activity; it’s also a beautiful way for us to honor our rich heritage right here at Juneberry Ridge.” Each two-hour open shoot costs $90 per person and includes expert instruction on best practices and techniques. Reservations for clay shooting experiences can be made through the website.

You can also find Juneberry Ridge farm products at the Norwood Farmers Market, the Sandhills Farmers Market, as well as at their on-site farm store. Customers have the chance to purchase their farm-fresh goods and enjoy flavors crafted with care by their dedicated team.

Although Paige loves many aspects of Juneberry Ridge itself, including the animals and the beautiful views, her favorite part about working with Juneberry Ridge is being able to make an impact by educating the community on regenerative farming practices. “In all we do, we strive to work in harmony with nature. As an education center, we share knowledge about soil health, growing healthy food, and holistic living. As a venue for weddings, group retreats, and community events, we welcome guests to a different way of engaging with their environment and each other. It’s how we’re changing the way the world grows.”

So, check out their website today and book your nature retreat at Juneberry Ridge. Whether you attend one of their community events or spend the weekend in their wooded cabins, it’s sure to bring you a special taste of North Carolina’s very own agritourism experiences.