ShipShape Farmer

& Chef

Growing, Cooking, & Preserving Deliciously Healthy Food


ShipShape Farmer loves food, from the ground, to the kitchen, to the table. Based at Whistlepig Farm, I grow a variety of produce, herbs and flowers in a half acre garden, and I raise small livestock on pasture nearby. No synthetic fertilizers, chemicals, sprays, antibiotics or hormones come anywhere near my food. I am a trained Biologist and spent my time focusing on ecology and the environment. This formal training has instilled in me a dedication to land stewardship. I believe it’s important to use farming practices that take into account the entire ecosystem, and I believe that quality food starts with our soil and is based on our inputs. Growing and cooking delicious food is a labor of love for me, and I am eager to share the fruit of that labor. Join me for a tour, a lesson, a day of work, and/or a meal we craft from the produce tended and freshly harvested. Whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between, you are welcome at Whistlepig Farm, located in the beautiful Upper Hominy Valley of Candler, NC, just 20 minutes west of Asheville

ShipShape Farmer

Natasha Shipman is ShipShape Farmer. The job I love is growing, cooking, and preserving healthy food.

The Food

I don’t like to put labels on my food philosophy, but, if asked, I choose to call myself a preferatarian: I eat what I like which usually means lots of veggies of all kinds.

The Farm

ShipShape Farmer operates on a 7 acre slice of heaven known as Whistlepig Farm. Sitting in the Upper Hominy Valley at the base of Mount Pisgah, the views are stunning and the light that welcomes our day and bids us goodnight creates some of the most spectacular effects you will find.

Come Stay

We are a small working farm that offers a vacation rental home and event venue on site because we love sharing the farm with you. Asheville, and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina, is a destination not to be missed. Take in the outdoors, explore the food scene & local brews & relax at the farm with a farm to table meal created just for you. We have something for everyone.

Get in Touch


34 Wishing Well Dr

Candler, NC 28715




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