On Oct. 5, a warm autumn day, the Mountain View Gardeners Garden Club traveled to Westfield to visit Bill and Margie Imus, owners of Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve.
Minglewood is a non-profit outdoor learning center for both children and adults. Upon arrival, the Imus’ greeted the garden club members and described their mission and programs along with explaining the need to transform farmland from tobacco acreage to productive produce for local markets. Bill led the group on nature trails in the forest as they identified trees using bark or leaves. Margie guided the gardeners as they meandered in the meadow recognizing familiar flower species along with various uncommon vegetation such as red foliated cotton plants and cinnamon basil.
With the view of Pilot Mountain in the background, guests relished a scrumptious farm to table lunch on the lawn of their hosts. Homegrown vegetables for ingredients from their garden provided Margie’s Minglewood Menu which included: Minglewood Egg Dish with onions and spinach, butternut roasted squash, green beans and yellow wax beans with sungold cherry tomatoes, breads and butter, apple cobbler with maple whip cream and lemon red zinger tea.
Nestled in the northeast corner of Surry County, Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve fulfills a unique niche in our community.