We are a small, un-certified organic farm in Pittsboro, NC. We began In Good Heart Farm in 2010 on rented land in Clayton, NC. We moved our operation here in June 2016. We are delighted to work the farm once worked by Bill Dow & all of his apprentices & students. We are grateful for the opportunity.
We grow over 100 different varieties in annuals on about two acres & we are learning to manage about three acres in apples, pears & blueberries. We’d like to incorporate more perennials, like black raspberries, elderberries, asparagus, rhubarb & various herbs & spices. We’d also like to incorporate lots of different animals on the farm.
We grow year round using various season extension tools, proper variety selection, & a few different marketing channels, namely CSA, markets & restaurants. We are actively working toward offering a Winter CSA share in 2018. We also participate in cooking & nutrition programs to folks who can really use these programs paired with CSA shares from us. We helped found such a program, Farm it Forward, with partners such as The Interfaith Food Shuttle, Wake County Cooperative Extension, Advocates for Health into Action, & Wake Med’s Energize program. We are in the early stages of beginning another such project with new partners. More info coming soon!
Our mission is to strive for healthier people, community, agriculture & planet by growing & sharing the best tasting food we can. In Good Heart has a lot of meanings, but we decided on the name based on the Old English use of the phrase. To say that the soil is in good heart is to say that it is healthy, in good cultivation, & in good spirit. To say that a person is in good heart is to say they are cultivating wisdom, courage & spirit. We feel that our farm name should represent our vision & we couldn’t think of a better representation of what we want to do & be in the world than in good heart.