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Cinco de Mayo Hosted Weekend at Half-Mile Farm With Old Edwards Executive Chef Chris Huerta and Half-Mile Farm Chef Jason Tardo

  • Presented By: Half-Mile Farm
  • Dates: 5/5/2023, 5/6/2023, 5/7/2023
  • Location: Half-Mile Farm
  • Address: 214 Half-Mile Drive, Highlands, NC 28741
  • Price: Hosted events are for Half-Mile Farm guests only. To attend these complimentary events at Half-Mile Farm from May 5 - 7, book your stay today. Book Online:
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Live fire cooking with Old Edwards Executive Chef Chris Huerta & Half-Mile Farm Chef Jason Tardo featuring locally grown Providence Farmstead protein.

Weekend Events:

Social Hour Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 - 6 pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live music from 5 - 8 pm. Craft beverages also are available from the J. Henry Farmhouse Tavern.

McCalister Russell currently manages the American Wagyu beef program for her family’s Providence Farmstead, and is most likely the sweet face you’ll see delivering to your local restaurant or market. Cali has been working to get Providence Farmstead on the map and menu. McCalister graduated in 2020 from UC Berkeley and has since dedicated herself to the growth of our family business. While she puts in her time on the farm, you can also find her working with local restaurants and markets to fill orders and build connections. McCalister is a big fan of good books, hiking, photography, and salsa dancing!


While they came from different parts of the country, Georgia native C.A. Russell and California native Kirsten Clauss both shared a common passion for agriculture and family farming. After working together for 30 years in California, raising their family, and developing a nationally recognized Jersey Dairy, the couple has turned their compass back East towards the Blue Ridge Mountains.

​Providence Farmstead represents the next chapter in their farming journey. Working together with their children Colin, Erica, Lars, and McCalister, the new focus for this innovative agricultural family is to provide premium American Wagyu beef to Northeast Georgia and Western North Carolina. Their 100-acre farm in Otto, NC and 200-acre farm in Demorest, GA provides an idyllic setting for raising family farmed American Wagyu beef. Providence Farmstead American Wagyu is the perfect choice for consumers who want to know where their food comes from and how it was raised.

​​High-quality American Wagyu beef is not the only thing Providence Farmstead has to offer. We will be building a Jersey Dairy and Creamery in the Winter of 2022, and hope to be open in 2023! The plans are underway and our vision for the future is bright! We invite you to take part in this journey of bringing exceptional dairy products to our community.