Our Goals

 

The goals of Creekside Farm are:

  • Provide accessible and affordable farmland to new farmers in Buncombe County through a farmer incubator program

  • Manage the land environmentally, sustainably and cooperatively for soil-based agriculture

  • Encourage young or new farmers to enter the agricultural pursuits

  • Offer mentorship programs, incubator farms and educational opportunities for farmers

  • Provide equipment, tools and mentorship

  • Build community through interaction of people and local farming practices

 

A community-based farm benefits both the farmer and the residents of Walnut Cove.  By building lasting relationships between local food producers and local residents, community-based farming becomes the invested interest of the entire community.  This model of farming benefits farmers by supporting the entry of new farmers into agricultural pursuits by facilitating engagement and an invested interest from the community. By fostering a sense of collaboration and connection among residents and local food systems, community-based farming becomes an effort of the entire community. Knowing the person who grows your carrots, beets and greens, being able to buy them fresh picked that day at the Farmers Market, creates a personal connection between farmers, local food and consumers.

 

The community benefits of local food production are widespread – from economics to education.  

  • Maintain pastoral viewscapes and character

  • Activate and increase the overall agricultural capacity of South Buncombe County

 

Community-based farming is the production, processing, distribution, and marketing of food and other products that cultivate direct connections between farmers and the adjacent community. Community-based farming:

  • Builds community through the interaction of people with the land;

  • Promotes small-scale, sustainable agriculture;

  • Protects and enhances natural habitat for wildlife;

  • Creates aesthetically pleasing landscapes, and;

  • Embraces the local and regional context.

 

The Farm could be economically self-sufficient after only a few years of operation and serve as an innovative model for community-based farming in Western North Carolina and beyond.

COMMUNITY-BASED FARMS IN NORTH AMERICA

Many farms and organizations throughout North America are interested in the social, economic, and environmental benefits of community-based farming. Innovative programs and food system enterprises aimed at enabling community-based farming include examples such as Intervale (Burlington, Vermont) , Serenbe (Atlanta,Georgia) , 21 Acres (Woodinville, Washington) , Zenger Farm (Portland, Seattle) , Fairview Gardens (Golita, California) and Prairie Crossing (Grayslake, Illinois) . More recently, new community-based farms such as the Black Creek Community Farm in Toronto have been planned and are currently being launched.

 

VISION

Creekside Farm at Walnut Cove is a Community-Based Farm Development that becomes a model for more vibrant, thriving, and beautiful communities with a diversity of community-based farming enterprises and activities that are sustainably integrated with the surrounding neighborhoods and natural habitat areas, where people can connect, learn, and engage with others and the land.

 

SOCIO-ECONOMIC GOALS

Sunrise Farm has the following goals:

Social Goals

  • Foster a sense of collaboration and cooperation among people involved in the food system

  • Facilitate direct connections between food producers and consumers

  • Provide public access and educational experiences for residents, visitors, and other food system stakeholders to learn about community agriculture and its connection to the land

  • Serve as a best-practice and model for community-based farming in the Western North Carolina region

  • Improve the health and wellness of farmers and the people they serve

  • Provide increased availability and access to fresh, healthy foods to the local community

Economic Goals

  • Activate, sustain, and connect a diversity of economically viable community agricultural activities and ancillary businesses

  • Create new food system jobs and income that circulates within the local economy

  • Support farming as a pro table occupation

  • Provide a livable wage for community agricultural workers

  • Attract a diversity of current and new farmers

  • Offer access to affordable land and new  

2017 Creekside Farm at Walnut Cove