In 1994, Tolly Peuleché bought land nestled in the mountains on the border of Randolph and Pocahontas Counties. Since then, she’s been using organic methods to grow a variety of flowers, vegetables, greens, and fruits and to raise chickens and meat goats for breeding stock. With help from her partner and “mechanical guru,” Cary, she cultivates about two acres of gardens including two high tunnels and an orchard.
Hidden River Farm is sandwiched by National Forest and the Elk River. Tolly’s herd of Kiko goats, free-range chickens, and mule, Rosie, benefit from the pristine location, as do a diversity of pollinators, attracted the rows of flowers Tolly cultivates. Flowers are a clear joy hers, and it’s no wonder seeing the colorful, intricate blooms spring from beds around the property.
Tolly approaches farming with a refreshing curiosity. Throughout the patchwork of beds, including short rows lining the hoop house, there are crops she’s planted to try out, like pole beans shared by a colleague or quinoa, a popular grain native to South America. Here, both are thriving. When asked about her farms products she said “little bit of a lot of stuff.”
Beyond farming, Tolly serves on the Pocahontas Farmers Market management team and works as part of a coalition of regional farmers markets. She also works with Linwood Alive, a local nonprofit. Find Hidden River Farm produce, flowers, and meat at Pocahontas Markets or by contacting Tolly and Cary directly.