12 Dec, 2019

Carolina Farm Trust Secures Seed Funding for The Urban Farm at Aldersgate 

By |2022-03-09T17:08:14+00:00December 12, 2019|Comments Off on Carolina Farm Trust Secures Seed Funding for The Urban Farm at Aldersgate 

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]CHARLOTTE, NC, December 12, 2019: Carolina Farm Trust (CFT), a Charlotte based non-profit focused on rebuilding the regional food system from production to consumption, has received seed funding from Foundation For The Carolinas, Carver Pressley, Realtors, and other Corporate Donors for The Urban Farm at Aldersgate, located in east Charlotte.

Leased from the Aldersgate Retirement Community in April of 2018, the site will cultivate a variety of crops that meet the needs of the immediate community. Local residents will contribute, through feedback sessions with the farm, to diversified and sustainably grown produce, beginning in the spring of 2020.

“We feel the Carolina Farm Trust is an organization on the forefront of addressing food security, food access and eliminating the “class-system” of food in the Charlotte area. We are thrilled The Urban Farm at Aldersgate is coming to life,” said Suzanne Pugh, CEO of the Aldersgate Retirement Community.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_single_image image=”4339″ img_size=”full” onclick=”link_image” css=”.vc_custom_1576174003724{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]The desire of the CFT is to create a living example of upward and economic mobility by creating a career opportunity for a qualified candidate  in building a regional food network. The initial round of funding will enable CFT to activate on the first step in The Urban Farm at Aldersgate master plan by hiring and training a new farm manager.

According to Brian Collier, Executive Vice President of The Foundation of Carolinas, “We’re excited to make this investment in Carolina Farm Trust because they address a number of key focus areas for the Foundation.  Certainly, food security is a major issue. But the farm will also be a place to build social capital between diverse groups, serve as a living laboratory for students, and perhaps most importantly, help develop specialized agricultural and business skills that can lead to economic mobility.  I really think the ingredients are […]

20 Jun, 2018

Charlotte Talks: Bringing Relief To Our Food Deserts

By |2019-12-12T17:34:44+00:00June 20, 2018|Comments Off on Charlotte Talks: Bringing Relief To Our Food Deserts

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WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR News Source –

“On the next Charlotte Talks, a look into food insecurity. The queen city is populated with areas known as food deserts, areas in which it is difficult or impossible to buy affordable fresh food. We sit down with a panel of guests to discuss what can be done about this.

As of 2015  nearly 90,000 of Charlotte’s residents don’t have access to healthy foods. Charlotte’s poorer areas are particularly hard hit by this.

This lack of food security for many of Charlotte’s residents highlights the uneven economic growth in a city that is already ranked among the worst in America for providing opportunities for its residents to lift themselves out of poverty.


Zack Wyatt, director, Carolina Farm Trust

Philip Otienburu, director, Center for Renewable Energy & Sustainability, Johnson C. Smith University

Dimple Ajmera, Council Member, City of Charlotte”

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