Urban Farming: Lend a Local Hand in Raleigh

Mom always said to “eat your greens”, well wouldn’t she be even more proud if you helped grow them? Our lovely, local urban farms give the community an opportunity to do just that. Locals can go to their local farm to help all along the growing and harvesting process.

Urban farming has changed the game for the “farm to table” trend. Many local restaurants and cafes pride themselves on serving meals with local grown components and ingredients.


The Raleigh City Farm

Photo by: Visit Raleigh

Located on a 1 acre plot of land in vibrant Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh City Farm is the perfect place to lend a hand. Their produce is sold weekly to many restaurants and chefs in the area. Raleigh City Farm’s principal farmer, James, studied culinary arts and moved back to Raleigh to dig deeper into the food industry, down to the roots. On their website, you can sign up to volunteer to get your hands dirty in the garden or help with the events they host. Typically there is plenty of weeding to be done, prepping beds/composting, and mowing/weed-whacking. They are currently hosting two ongoing volunteer days:  Wine+Weeds on Wednesdays (6-7pm) and Saturday Work Days (9am-12 noon). Wine and Weeds is a weekly weeding party every Wednesday (April – October). Just show up for the perfect wind down Wednesday.

You can also schedule a group work day for family, friends, or coworkers via email.

Sign up here: https://raleighcityfarm.org/getinvolved/volunteer/


Triangle Urban Farm

This Apex urban farm uses a unique and sustainable growing system. One couple with a passion, Kim and Nick, are on a mission to inspire, empower, teach and provide. “It starts with food. Plant a seed and watch it grow.”

They want everyone to know that anyone can have access to and benefit from fresh, whole food. Triangle Urban Farm is “on a mission to grow better, grow greener and grow happier. One person, one family, one community at a time; they are going to change the world through food.”

All of the farms plants are sprouted from non-GMO, organic and heirloom seeds. You can currently find their produce used at A Place at the Table and 18 Seaboard. They LOVE to educate- shoot them an email for a tour or to learn how to get involved!

Supporting local farms helps grow our city’s economy and supports wellness. When you truly understanding the growing of our food and get to see seed to produce what it takes, it leaves a person with appreciation for whole foods and the motivation to eat more of them! There is nothing more rewarding than knowing (or being) the hand that grew your food.

Urban Farming

UrbanMJ has renamed urban retail to “street commercial” and will bring creative and leading-edge uses that are adapting to the rising urban population  Creative retail also serves as a magnet to draw suburbanites into downtowns.  Street commercial is no longer all about traditional retail, bars and restaurants.  Of all the locational varieties, high walkability locations are in the best condition to meet the intensely increasing interest in “experiential” retail.  There is also a rising demand for street-level office, particularly with tech companies.  And talk about innovative retail…downtowns are a magnet and include Food Halls, such as Morgan Street Food Hall soon to open in downtown Raleigh to Cat Cafes to the Ax Throwing Bar about to open in downtown Durham.
Urban Farming has been first rising in the gateway cities and now they are starting to sweep the smaller major cities, such as Raleigh City Farm in Downtown Raleigh.  Raleigh City Farm is on the street and serves both restaurants and is direct to consumer, thus benefitting the local population that literally walk to buy fresh produce.  The next evolution is rooftop urban farming.  Why not move street uses to the roof and full advantage of the sun!  The linked article is all about rooftop urban farming and all about efficient delivery to the local population.  In this case, this venture is “for profit” and is part of a wider movement to bring rooftop gardens and greenhouses to North American cities.  To borrow a great quote in the article “if you can grow a strawberry in January, you can charge whatever you want.”


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