Former director Zach Wolf returns to Hudson Valley

Carthage – Caney Fork Farms announced Asher Wright has joined the farm and soil carbon research center as Farm Director, effective October 2022.

Wright will succeed Zach Wolf, who served as Farm Director for four years and has returned to the Hudson Valley to be closer to his family and run his own farm while continuing to advise and consult for farms across the country. For more than 18 years, Wright has worked in regenerative agriculture with a heavy focus on diversified livestock operations.

He contributed to farms across the United States, Central and South America. Wright’s academic research interests include animal performance and meat quality in forage-finished beef. He comes to Caney Fork Farms with a passion for agriculture and a desire to help people understand the benefits and complexities of regenerative agriculture. 

“I am delighted to welcome Asher Wright to the team at Caney Fork Farms,” said former Vice President Al Gore, whose family farm is the headquarters of Caney Fork Farms. “We are lucky to benefit from his years of experience and scholarship in farm management and regenerative agriculture.”

Wright said he is honored for the opportunity.

“I am honored to join Caney Fork Farms as it continues to serve the local community and prove the business case for regenerative agriculture and carbon farming,” said Asher Wright. “I am excited to steward this living laboratory alongside its talented and energetic team.”

Before joining Caney Fork Farms, Wright was the Director of Agriculture Operations at Hickory Nut Gap Farm, a fifth-generation family farm that has been in the same family since 1916. Through his leadership, Hickory Nut Gap Farm became an Accredited Savory Institute Hub in 2021. Previously, he was the Farm Manager at Warren Wilson College Farm and Rock House Farm.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture from Warren Wilson College and a Master of Science in Animal Science from Clemson University. Wright has presented his research at agricultural conferences across the Southeast. He won first place in the American Forage and Grassland Council’s Emerging Scientist Competition in 2013. Wright is a Verifier and Accredited Professional for the Savory Institute’s Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) program.

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