Taking care of our neighbors
Aldersgate leaders envision it as a place where residents of East Charlotte, NoDa and Plaza Midwood will come to shop; as a learning lab for nine CMS Title I schools (where students will learn about farming and see where their food comes from); and as a resource for the broader Charlotte region. Eventually, the farm will provide weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes of produce, eggs and meats for those who choose to join and pre-order.
“Part of our mission at Aldersgate is taking care of our neighbors,” stated an Aldersgate representative. “Access to fresh, healthy food should be a given for everyone in our community. But in some parts of the east side, people are living in a food desert. That’s not acceptable to us. Eating fresh, local food should not be a privilege that comes with social standing. It’s a human right that has measurable health and economic benefits.”
Both Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be accepted, ensuring the working, year-round farm is truly a resource for all. Zack Wyatt, founder and executive director of Carolina Farm Trust, said, “Locally grown, whole food—the kind with little to no processing between where it’s grown and where it’s consumed—should not be out of reach for anyone living in a prosperous city like Charlotte. I’m excited to be part of a movement designed to make healthy food available to folks who may not be used to having access to it.”