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17 Jun, 2024

Carolina Impact – Aldersgate Urban Farm

By |2024-06-17T20:02:14+00:00June 17, 2024|Comments Off on Carolina Impact – Aldersgate Urban Farm

https://www.pbs.org/video/aldersgate-urban-farm-nv0pen/

At Aldersgate Senior Living Community, the residents aren’t just growing older. They’re growing food – for their surrounding community. On a seven acre patch of land in East Charlotte, the retirees from Aldersgate are working the soil, along with volunteers from Carolina Farm Trust and neighbors in Windsor Park, to provide fresh-from-the-farm produce to local families.

17 Jun, 2024

The Urban Farm Podcast – What Are Farm Trusts: A Garden Chat with Zack Wyatt

By |2024-06-17T20:00:58+00:00June 17, 2024|Comments Off on The Urban Farm Podcast – What Are Farm Trusts: A Garden Chat with Zack Wyatt

In This Garden Chat:

We chat with Zack Wyatt of the Carolina Farm Trust is focused on revolutionizing the food systems in the Carolinas through regenerative farming practices and sustainable approaches. The Carolina Farm Trust has four pillars—Farm Apprenticeship Program, Food is Health Program, Urban Farm Network, and CFT Market & Distribution Center that are integral to their mission of fostering a healthier, more sustainable food system from farm to table.

Our Special Guest:

Zack Wyatt grew up in Northern Virginia. His family were caretakers of a 300 acre old dairy farm where they had a large garden, pigs, horses, chickens, and when he was young, he worked on neighboring farms. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2003 with a degree in

17 Jun, 2024

Urban farm group focused on west charlotte revitalization

By |2024-06-17T19:59:50+00:00June 17, 2024|Comments Off on Urban farm group focused on west charlotte revitalization

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Carolina Farm Trust CEO Zack Wyatt discusses his team working to revitalize a prominent Black community in Charlotte.

https://www.qcnews.com/queen-city-news-now/urban-farm-group-focused-on-west-charlotte-revitalization/

17 Jun, 2024

Solutions for food insecurity in the Mecklenburg County and beyond

By |2024-06-17T19:58:56+00:00June 17, 2024|Comments Off on Solutions for food insecurity in the Mecklenburg County and beyond

https://www.wfae.org/show/charlotte-talks-with-mike-collins/2024-04-15/solutions-for-food-insecurity-in-the-mecklenburg-county-and-beyond

Nearly 15% of Mecklenburg County’s households are considered food insecure, which means they have a reduced quality and variety of diet, may eat less, and have eating patterns that are disrupted due to lack of money and resources. It’s an issue that plagues communities across the country.

Local groups as well as Mecklenburg County are working to provide relief for residents who live in food deserts — notably as grocery prices continue to rise.

The nonprofit Carolina Farm Trust is scheduled to open the first phase of its new market this spring. The goal of the market, located in northwest Charlotte, is to bring jobs, partnerships, and healthy foods to an area considered to be a food desert.

We also explore how the pandemic impacted food deserts, the role of community partnerships to combat food inequity, and the solutions being proposed to address the underserved.

GUESTS:

17 Jun, 2024

In Charlotte, a new model for a local food system

By |2024-06-17T19:58:02+00:00June 17, 2024|Comments Off on In Charlotte, a new model for a local food system

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CN) — Chris Peake remembers growing up in West Charlotte in the 1970s. As a boy, he worked at the Mr. Quick store on South Hoskins Road in the Thomasboro-Hoskins neighborhood.

Working in the shadow of a bustling egg-processing facility behind Mr. Quick, Peake cleaned the parking lot every day until it was spotless. He spent his earnings on arcade games and food at the store.

Growing up, Peake didn’t have to worry about access to fresh food. John’s Grocery Store was just up the road from Mr. Quick. There was another grocer up on Bradford Road. Trucks lined up at the egg factory, highlighting the link between Peake’s home neighborhood and the region’s farms and food sources.

It was a thriving community with everything it needed in one place. “This was like ‘Happy Days,'” Peake, now 53, recalled last week in an interview with Courthouse

7 Mar, 2022

Telemundo Charlotte

By |2022-05-23T11:28:09+00:00March 7, 2022|Comments Off on Telemundo Charlotte

Tener la oportunidad de obtener productos frescos, saludables y a buen precio! Este es solo uno de los objetivos de un proyecto que está llevando a cabo Carolina Farm Trust al oeste de Charlotte. La primera fase del proyecto estará listo en mayo 2023, según nos dijeron.

3 Mar, 2022

A new local food distribution center in west Charlotte aims to change lives

By |2022-03-22T19:41:41+00:00March 3, 2022|Comments Off on A new local food distribution center in west Charlotte aims to change lives

Chris Peake is coming back to the neighborhood he grew up in to rewrite the narrative around food insecurity.

Peake was raised across the street from 511 S. Hoskins Rd., the site where Carolina Farm Trust, a nonprofit working to strengthen local food systems, will develop their local foods distribution and production center in west Charlotte.

  • “I used to clean the parking lot right there where Mr. Quick is,” Peake told me.
  • He recalled seeing grocery stores leave the Thomasboro-Hoskins neighborhood over the years, making fresh and nutritious food in the neighborhood hard to find.

Why it matters: Food insecurity in west Charlotte has been an issue for decades, and a lack of access to healthy food has

28 Feb, 2022

Carolina Farm Trust Facility Aims to Fill Void in West Charlotte

By |2022-03-22T19:38:16+00:00February 28, 2022|Comments Off on Carolina Farm Trust Facility Aims to Fill Void in West Charlotte

Distribution center will include butchery, grocery store, teaching kitchen and event space

Carolina Farm Trust CEO Zack Wyatt kicks our interview off with a simple phrase: “Every major geopolitical issue we have is coming from the dirt, in one fashion or another.”

In some ways, one could argue that his nonprofit’s latest project, a local food production and distribution center in west Charlotte’s Thomasboro-Hoskins neighborhood, worked in reverse. After all, it was due to COVID (a geopolitical issue) that city leaders were able to see the need for this project, allowing Carolina Farm Trust to secure the funding needed for the warehouse, located on what is currently just an abandoned lot (the dirt).

Wyatt says a global pandemic is, for many, what it took

17 Feb, 2022

Planned grocery store hopes to solve west Charlotte’s ‘food desert’

By |2022-03-22T19:32:20+00:00February 17, 2022|Comments Off on Planned grocery store hopes to solve west Charlotte’s ‘food desert’

CHARLOTTE — An old egg production plant will soon be transformed into a grocery store and food distribution center in a west Charlotte neighborhood now considered a food desert.

Carolina Farm Trust, a nonprofit aimed at tackling food insecurity, has secured a 25,000-square-foot space in the 500 block of South Hoskins Road near Brookshire Boulevard as the site for its retail endeavor.

The neighborhood where the store will reside in west Charlotte is known to have a shortage of sources for fresh food — there are no official grocery stores within a mile radius of the area.

“There’s never been a grocery store over here,” said Jean

14 Feb, 2022

A west Charlotte food distribution center is set to receive $1.5M in city funding

By |2022-03-22T19:33:05+00:00February 14, 2022|Comments Off on A west Charlotte food distribution center is set to receive $1.5M in city funding

facility mock upWFAE | By Nick de la Canal
Published February 14, 2022 at 5:46 AM EST

What’s now a vacant warehouse off Interstate 85 near Brookshire Boulevard in Charlotte could soon become a bustling food market and distribution center with a rooftop garden, test kitchen, meat processing facility and a grocery store.

The nonprofit Carolina Farm Trust is developing plans for the facility at 511 South Hoskins Road. The site includes 25,000 square feet of existing building space and 60,000 square feet of green space.

The nonprofit already partners with many local farmers, helping them with land, equipment and other farming essentials. The group also purchases many locally produced foods to distribute to people in need, as well as local nonprofits, food trucks and restaurants operating in underserved areas of Mecklenburg County.

Carolina Farm Trust’s president and CEO, Zack Wyatt, said the new center

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