How we got here

The Folk Collaborative is a family-owned business whose roots took hold some fifty odd years ago in a slightly different shape. Originally our orchard was started by our Uncle Joe when he planted a few apple trees in the soil. Being his best friend since their school days, my (Luke’s) daddy began working with Joe, grafting apple trees in the basement every Friday and Saturday after their work at the copper company. Before long, they had a full-fledged orchard on their hands and I had a playground that would not only entertain me, but also teach me a lifetime of lessons.

But, orchards mature, and so do the people who run them. Dad and Joe have both since retired, and for a short time, the apples and their trees took a rest. But one spring evening, Amanda and I were at the top of the orchard when it suddenly became as clear as the view of the mountains before us. This is what we are supposed to do.

We moved our apothecary and yoga businesses from downtown Blue Ridge to the orchard and made this our home. Over the years our businesses have evolved to what you experience today, but our commitment to carrying on family and Appalachian traditions remain. Here, the only crowd is around the pie case where Amanda makes those ol’ apple pies just like Mary Jo did or perhaps the small gathering of codgers who meet to sip coffee and tell the same fish tales they’ve told for decades. It’s what you picture within your soul when you think of an apple orchard and the life that goes with it – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Meet the folk

Amanda

Amanda
Owner

A Georgia native, Amanda found her way to Appalachia through marriage and fit right in with the old mountainfolk. An excellent cook and baker (have you seen our bakery?!), believer in the simple, and lover of waterfalls, she enjoys spending her free time playing in water, is eternally cold, and loves the smell of puppy breath, even though it smells like rancid skunk. Oh yeah, and she’s the business brains behind it all!

Luke

Luke
Owner

Luke’s love and knowledge of the plants that grow here began at a young age, when he would wild-harvest, explore, and make herbal medicinals with his grandparents in their little house nestled in the shadows of Frog Mountain. Part of the inaugural class at Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, he’s been working with plants and their properties for over three decades. Luke loves teaching others about the flora of his beloved mountains and the history of the people who settled here. 

Isobella

Isobella

Born and raised in the hills and hollers of Appalachia, Isobella cut her teeth on the dirt back roads of the Cohutta Wilderness. An avid writer with the gift of ensnaring the senses with her words, she authors most of our social media posts and contributes to our blog. She’s also the creative mind behind most of our personal care products. When she’s not pitching in at Folk, she’s a student, writer, and bonafide plant mama.

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