We believe that the knowledge of how to grow food is an important step toward developing a locally-owned food system that builds self-sufficiency and community power. The more we understand about growing and preparing food, the healthier we are. Growing food, especially in urban areas and on small tracts of land, is a viable way for people to feed themselves. Our goal is to create a more just and sustainable future and develop more ecologically, economically, and socially sound models of food production and food distribution.
Through a variety of partnerships and learning opportunities, we provide agricultural training and education for young adults and people of all ages in urban gardening and small farm skills; food system and food justice engagement; and cooking and nutrition education.
While many opportunities, such as our workshops, are open to the public, others are particularly focused on those individuals experiencing economic and food hardship. Check out our full list of upcoming workshops that are open to the public here!
Where We Grow
We grow food using diversified, organic methods on multiple sites throughout Raleigh and Durham, which serve as the home bases for our agricultural training programs. Click here for a map to the IFFS farms and gardens across the Triangle region
The IFFS Tryon Road Teaching Farm is a diversified farm enterprise on 6 acres on Tryon Road and an adjacent 3 acres across Dover Road, where educational experiences can occur, entrepreneurship flourishes, and on-farm micro-enterprises create sustainable businesses. Kids and adults alike can get in touch with their inner-gardener. Come volunteer, intern or become an incubator farmer. Spend time with our chickens, goats, fish, worms, and plants, and find out where your food comes from.
Located at 315 Camden Street in the Southeast Raleigh food desert, our Camden Street Learning Garden features a large community growing area to increase access to fresh food in the neighborhood. The Learning Garden is open to anyone in the neighborhood, as well as nearby schools and universities that would like to take field trips. People in the community are given access to land, seeds, water, tools, and gardening experts who will teach them how to produce a lot of food in a small amount of space.
IFFS Urban Farm at Bull City Cool
IFFS joins Bull City Cool by relocating the Agricultural Training programs from Langley Community Garden to a new growing space at 110 Geer Street. Now the gardening program can benefit from the close proximity of Bull City Cool warehouse amenities such as parking, water, and bathrooms. Furthermore, the food grown will be donated to Sunrise Recovery Resource Center – located just half a block further down Geer Street (at the intersection with N Roxboro Street).
Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training- United Piedmont
The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), United Piedmont is a farmer-to-farmer training coalition facilitated by Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to support the professional development of beginning farmers.
It features new and established farmers dedicated to creating a more just and sustainable food system in Central NC through trainings, social events, and community resource development throughout the region. CRAFT is an international model of regionally-organized farmer training rooted in the belief that farmers learn best from each other.
Through CRAFT United Piedmont, inspiring leaders in our local farming community host educational tours on their farms once a month from June to November. Each tour focuses on a special topic and is followed by a community potluck. Check out summaries of the 2013 tours here.
“We are just in the beginning stages in Siler City, loved the tours last year and hope to go on them again. We have already put into play building a greenhouse which we learned from Will of Ever Laughter, fencing in our growing area (as we saw at many farms), and are in the process of building a pond for aquaculture.”
~Sherri Powell of Powell Acres, on the 2013 season of CRAFT United Piedmont
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NC Farm Link
NC Farm Link is a being created to support farm transition in North Carolina by connecting farm owners, farm seekers, farm service providers, and other supporters of NC agriculture.
NC Farm Link is a collaborative project between North Carolina A & T State University, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and WNC FarmLink. Learn more at http://ncfarmlink.org/
Growing Power Regional Outreach Training Center
With Longview School, we host annual urban agriculture workshops in partnership with MacArthur Genius Award winner Will Allen’s internationally recognized urban agriculture organization Growing Power, LLC. Workshops are for youth, established farmers, and community members. We are the only ROTC in the country with a specific focus on youth!