Amy and Jamie Ager co-own the Hickory Nut Gap Farm business and the brand Hickory Nut Gap Meats.
Jamie Ager is a fourth-generation farmer at Hickory Nut Gap. Amy Frey Ager is two generations removed from her farming roots in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jamie and Amy both attended Warren Wilson College and paired their visionary and detail-oriented skills into a fresh start and new enterprises for HNG just out of college after assessing the farm’s current operations and creating a business plan. This plan was the beginning of what you see still happening today at the farm—raising and direct marketing pastured poultry, pastured pork, and grassfed beef. Joel Salatin, a farmer in Virginia , was an inspiration to Jamie, who was considering his options for what the future of his family farmland could become and what his role in the operation could be.
Jamie and Amy have grown their operation on both the production and sales front over the past 15 years and appreciate the lifestyle that they have been able to offer as opportunity to raise their three children, Cyrus, Nolin, and Levi Ager. Jamie focuses on HNG production, as well as coordinating with the producers and all operations for the wholesale company HNG Meats. Amy manages retail sales operations and agritourism activities, as well as marketing, human resources, and bookkeeping tasks.
Jamie and Amy have won the 2011 Achievement Award from Farm Bureau, 2011 North Carolina Company to Watch Award, the 2010 Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet. Jamie has served on Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Board and is a current member of the Buncombe County Farm Bureau Board. Amy has served on the Asheville City Market Oversight Committee, the Fairview Tailgate Market Board, and WWC Friends of the Library Board