The IFFS Tryon Road Teaching Farm is a place to grow your knowledge about where your food comes from. Volunteers can dig in the dirt on a working farm, complete with chickens, goats, and bees. Spread over 6 acres on Tryon Rd, and an adjacent three acres on Dover Farm Rd., this diversified production farm is home to educational experiences, entrepreneurs, and micro-enterprises.
What does this have to do with hunger relief?
Plenty! 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. Just ask your grandmother!
As NC Senator Vernon Malone once told us about his experience growing up, “We were poor, but we never knew it, because everybody had gardens and everybody ‘put up’ food and shared.”
The goal of the Tryon Road Teaching Farm is to demonstrate an economically and environmentally sustainable business model rooted in agriculture. Our produce is organically-grown and our chickens are happily free ranging. We sell both produce and eggs directly from the growing sites, at area farmers markets, and to local restaurants. Even our not-for-profit Catering with a Cause uses these fresh local ingredients in season.
Incubator Farmer Program
Part of creating a secure local food system is creating local business opportunities around growing food. Urban farmers are starting profitable produce operations on as little as 1/8 acre in their back-yards, selling direct to neighbors and restaurants. Suburban and rural farmers are finding that low-input intensive farming can be profitable and attractive for new farmers as well. Our Teaching Farm is home to Incubator Farmers, newcomers to the agricultural life! Beginning farmers receive mentoring, and access to tools, and small plots of land on the Tryon Road Teaching Farm, in exchange for volunteer work on the farm.
We even have Incubator Farmers learning how to be beekeepers from our volunteer beekeeper Patrick Hartzell!
Purchase fresh produce from Tryon Road Farm Stand
You can purchase produce grown chemical-free (and eggs from our pasture-raised hens!) at IFFS’s Tryon Road Farm Stand. Proceeds support IFFS hunger relief programs.
The Farm Stand accepts cash, check, credit or debit card, and SNAP.
Starting May 12th, the 2016 Farm Stand hours are:
Thursdays: noon – 6pm
Fridays: noon – 6pm
Saturdays: 9am – noon
This week the Farm Stand is selling: Broccoli, Kale – Curly, Kale – Toscano (Dino), Kale – Siberian, Mesclun Mix Leaf Lettuce, Collards, Garlic Scallions, Radicchio , Spring Onions, Fennel with tops, Leeks, Baby Butter Crunch Lettuce, Spinach, Turnip Roots, Garlic Scapes are here! (for a limited time), Rainbow carrots, Red Butterhead Lettuce, Green Buttercrunch, Mini Red Romaine, Oak Leaf Lettuce, Green Buttercrunch Lettuce
Want to be get weekly emails with what’s for sale? E-mail Lindsay@FoodShuttle.org to get on the farm stand list.
Interested in getting your hands dirty? Visit our Volunteers Page to fill out an interest form!
We provide a unique opportunity for community members to learn about sustainable agriculture and connect to where your food comes from. Help us with soil preparation, planting, harvesting, weeding, composting, mulching, and working with the chickens, goats, bees and worms. Click here to see for yourself with our “day-in-the-life” video of an IFFS Farm Volunteer!
Volunteer as an individual or group. We offer hands-on, team building, on-farm experiences for employees, friends, or other groups! We can accommodate groups up to 30 people. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.