Fruitland, North Carolina

Located along Clear Creek just six miles east of downtown Hendersonville, Milkweed Meadows is a 5th generation family farm. Its grassy "bottoms" once nourished cows that produced milk sold to Biltmore Dairy Farms in Asheville. Today, the meadows are yielding milk of a different kind — milkweed plants to help sustain monarch butterflies!


An avid wildlife habitat gardener and environmental educator for over 25 years, farmer Kim Bailey has a true passion for pollinators. Over the past years, she has been expanding the farm's natural habitats for native milkweed species and planting additional host plants for other butterflies.


Living tunnels of passionvines, pipevines, climbing milkweeds, and hops vines benefit a diversity of species while an orchard of over 100 pawpaw trees specifically nurture zebra swallowtail larvae.

Milkweed Meadows Farm currently produces native wildflower seeds, open-pollinated heirloom vegetable seeds, pollinator-friendly potted plants, cut flowers, and specialty fruits. Educational programs and/or farm tours for groups are also periodically scheduled onsite.


Find Milkweed Meadows Farm selling pollinator-friendly potted plants and/or teaching at these local events:

Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10
Organic Growers School Spring Conference
Monarchs, Milkweeds & More: Gardening for Pollinators (11:00 AM – 12:30 PM on both days)
Help support monarchs by growing milkweed and a succession of nectar plants throughout the season. Take an in-depth look at monarch natural history, migration, and habitat needs. Explore additional native plants to provide habitat for bees, hummingbirds, moths, and other butterfly species.
Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC


Saturday, March 30, 12 - 5 PM
Gardening for Life Celebration
Polk County High School, 1681 NC-108, Columbus, NC


Saturday, April 20, 9 AM - 3 PM
The French Broad River Garden Club Annual Plant Sale
1000 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC


Friday, May 3, 12 - 6 PM
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville Spring Plant Sale
151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC


Saturday, May 4, 9 AM - 2 PM
Montreat Native Plant Sale & Arbor Day Celebration
Moore Center Field (below Lake Susan), Montreat, NC


Sunday, May 5, 11 AM - 7 PM
Fiesta Hendersonville & International Children's Day
Downtown, Hendersonville, NC


Saturday, May 11, 8 AM - 1 PM
Hendersonville Farmers Market
Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC


Sunday, May 19, 12-5 PM
"May Flowers" Blue Ridge Artisan Market @ Trailside Brewing Co.
Trailside Brewing Co., 873 Lenox Park Dr., Hendersonville, NC


Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26, 9 AM - 5 PM
Garden Jubilee
Main Street, Hendersonville, NC


Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1, 10 AM - 3 PM
NC Arboretum Spring Plant Sale & Market
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC


Saturday, June 8, 8 AM - 1 PM
Hendersonville Farmers Market
Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC


Thursday, August 15, 1 PM
TBA Pollinator Program at The Lanier Library
Program description TBA.
72 Chestnut Street, Tryon, NC


Monday, September 9, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Certified Pollinator Advocate (CPA) Course: All About Monarchs & Their Migration
Talk about picky eaters! Monarch butterflies have captured the imagination of young and old with their exclusive milkweed diet and unfathomable migration from Canada to Mexico. This class will cover everything from milkweed seed collection and stratification to species options for different settings, dangers of tropical milkweed, the milkweed insect community, raising monarchs responsibly, reporting monarch sightings, and tagging monarchs.
Asheville Botanical Gardens, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC


Saturday, September 14, 9 AM - 3 PM
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville Fall Plant Sale
151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., Asheville, NC


Saturday, September 21, 8 AM - 1 PM
Hendersonville Farmers Market
Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC


Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28, 10 AM - 3 PM
NC Arboretum Spring Plant Sale & Market
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC


TBA, February 2025 (Registration will open in May and close by September 30, 2024)
Migration of the Monarch Butterflies in Mexico Trip  (sample 2024 itinerary) 
Morelia, Angangueo, & Macheros, Mexico
(Sierra Chincua, El Rosario, and Cerro Pelón Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves)


  • Make an appointment to purchase potted plants or buckets of fresh-cut flowers at the farm (typically available May - October).
  • Schedule a farm tour and/or onsite educational program for your garden club, classroom, or other group ($10 per person, $100 minimum).  Kim may also be available to give presentations or teach classes/workshops on monarch butterfly ecology, gardening for pollinators, etc. at your location.
  • Contract for “grow to order” pollinator-friendly plants available in 5” deep 38-plug flats or quart containers (8-12 weeks’ notice needed, depending on species) or bulk seed production.
  • Request butterfly eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalides (as naturally available April - September) for your classroom, public garden/arboretum, or other educational organization.  Butterflies are always free.  Host plants (to feed caterpillars) are available for purchase.
  • Purchase native passionfruit (AKA maypop) or pawpaw fruit (typically available starting in September) for fresh eating, brewing/fermentation, or restaurant/culinary creations.

Individual packets of milkweed seeds and certain open-pollinated heirloom vegetable seeds grown at Milkweed Meadows Farm are available from Sow True Seed.