Sowing The Seeds For Eastside Charlotte
Aldersgate and Carolina Farm Trust are proud to collaborate on a major agricultural and cultural initiative that will continue the Aldersgate-led transformation of Charlotte’s east side. Introducing the Urban Farm at Aldersgate – a mission to nourish, educate and inspire our community, while continuing to foster intergenerational, multicultural connectivity.
Spanning 6.7 acres, the Urban Farm at Aldersgate will serve as a food source – and learning lab – for the eastside community and beyond. Both EBT and SNAP will be accepted, ensuring the working farm is truly a resource for all.
The Urban Farm plans to be operational by fall of 2018. It will feature an aquaponics garden, mobile kitchen, beehives for pollination, and a hoop house with culturally relevant produce for sale. It will have a stand year-round with seasonal produce grown on the farm and other products from local farms (within 100 miles). It is designed to be a hub of community engagement with entertainment, special events and cooking demonstrations.
The Aldersgate mission goes beyond serving the elders who call the 231-acre campus home. It includes engaging the community’s neighbors.
“Part of our mission at Aldersgate is taking care of our neighbors,” said Erin Barbee, director of mission advancement at Aldersgate. “Access is to fresh, healthy food should be a given for everyone in our community. But in some parts of the east side, people are living in a food desert. That’s not acceptable to us. Eating fresh, local food should not be a privilege that comes with social standing. It’s a human right that has measurable health and economic benefits.”
To introduce the concept, Carolina Farm Trust will host “A Night at the Museum” on Thursday, June 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. The “movable feast” features a menu inspired by exhibits at the Charlotte Museum of History, the site of the dinner. Chefs from Heirloom, The Yolk, Project 658, Yafo, 5 Church and Fern will each create one course. Locally sourced libations come from Dover Vineyard, Shelton Vineyard and Resident Culture craft beer. Mixologist Bob Peters of The Punch Room will create a specialty cocktail for the evening. Brie Arthur, author of “The Foodscape Revolution,” will deliver the keynote. Tickets ($125 each) are available at CarolinaFarmTrust.org or by contacting [email protected].
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