WE APPRECIATE THE EARTH

At Barkwells we do our best to be good stewards of the land and ourselves. We are big believers in natural cleaners and a sustainable environment beyond the natural spring fed ponds and fresh mountain air. Although this retreat is not 100% organic, we use:

 

  • Natural, pet and people-friendly cleaning products to clean cabins and non-toxic, chemical free, non-phosphate soaps to launder linens.
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal aromatherapy essential oils like peppermint and thyme and create our own, all natural furniture polish.
  • We support local business wherever we can!
  • Washers are high efficiency units that use only 15 gallons of water compared to 40 gallons for standard washers. The dryers are high efficiency, energy star rated to use less electricity.
  • In case of doggie accidents on the floors (heaven forbid!), there is a bottle of enzyme based cleaner in each cabin.
  • Toilet tissue (recycled paper) and starters of recycled paper towels for guest use in each cabin. Our septic systems are sensitive to anything other than toilet paper so we thank you for not stressing them.
  • Amenities are all natural, BeeKind soap, shampoo and lotion from Gilchrist & Soames. Meyers Green Day soap is in the kitchen.
  • Starters of organic, fair trade coffee locally roasted at BeanWerks in West Asheville, along with unbleached coffee filters.
  • Recycle bins are at each cabin for glass, aluminum, plastic and paper.
  • Light bulbs are LEDs and Energy Star appliances.
  • Our chickens are fed organic feed to create the most delicious eggs, which we make available to guests at the pleasure of our hens.
  • Compost containers with bio-bag liners are available for recycling kitchen scraps.
  • Organic herbs and vegetables are planted around the property.

LOCAL ACCESS TO

ORGANIC & NATURAL FOODS

Asheville is a haven of organic and natural foods. the closest stores are:

Earthfare South, next to Pet Supplies Plus

Ingles grocery has organic foods in nearly every section of the store

Hickory Nut Gap Farm is a wonderful place to stock up on organic, free range meats and eggs – a gorgeous drive to Fairview, too! Bring a cooler to stock up for the trip home.

Check out the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association for some fabulous choices for organic, farm to table feasts. Local farmers markets abound and check on ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) for info on local fresh farm fare.