City, Lifestyle

Learn about the Raleigh City Farm

Photo via Raleigh City Farm

Did you know there’s a farm located right in the heart of downtown Raleigh? 🥬 Well, okay, if we’re being really specific, it’s at the corner of Blount and Franklin streets on the edge of Historic Oakwood and Mordecai, a.k.a. the Person Street Business District.

Founded in 2011, the Raleigh City Farm is a nonprofit organization comprising 1.3 acres + producing seasonal produce throughout the year, including lettuce, herbs, greens, okra, squash, carrots, and flowers. If you’re really looking to #shoplocalraleigh, veggies are sold spring, summer and fall at the weekly farmstand. Save the date: the farmstand reopens in April.

The mission of Raleigh City Farm is to reconnect city dwellers with local and sustainable agriculture, and educate visitors about farming practices. Here are just a few of the ways you can get involved —

Map courtesy of Raleigh City Farm
  • Volunteer to support mulching, planting, and harvesting of rows throughout the year
  • Attend weekly Wine + Weed events, each Wednesday April–October
  • Join the Cultivator Club (and receive complimentary farmstand items with contributions of $30+)

Among the farm’s sustainability practices are a commitment to regenerative agriculture — such as using compost and wood chips from other local organizations — as well as non-tilling, zero-pesticide use, and nurturing pollinator populations. 🐝 In addition, the farmshare program provides unsold food to local nonprofits like the Interfaith Food Shuttle and A Place at the Table.

Want to take an in-person or virtual tour? The farm supports 11 different agricultural zones, including a food forest, hydroponic greenhouse, rainwater cisterns and gardens, the farm stage pavilion for events, and an apiary.