Our Farm Partners
Raleigh City Farm is currently host to four innovative and successful farm entrepreneurs, all headquartered on our 1-acre plot of land in vibrant downtown Raleigh. Get to know them below and be sure to give them a high-five when you see them at the Farm or around town.
James Edwards is Raleigh City Farm’s principal farmer. He studied culinary arts at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. After six years in New York City working as both a waiter and a cook, James came back to North Carolina to open up a restaurant called Off The Square. However, he soon found he had an insatiable urge to go deeper into the food system which led him to farming. That’s when he began helping with some infrastructure projects at Raleigh City Farm which eventually led to his current role as RCF’s Principal Farmer, where he sustainably grows diversified produce on a ⅓ of an acre plot of land here in Downtown Raleigh. His produce has been sold to area restaurants and chefs, and is now available as part of a neighborhood produce share.
ENDLESS SUN FARMS
Endless Sun Farms is a hydroponic urban farm located in the greenhouse next to our Farm Stage. They strive to provide Raleigh restaurants and consumers with the tastiest, freshest, and healthiest produce all year long. Founded by North Carolina State University alumni and Raleigh-natives Chase Werner and Matt Spitzer, Endless Sun Farms is their passionate contribution to developing and maintaining a robust local food system to meet the needs of Raleigh’s growing urban community.
Christopher Rumbley is the farm entrepreneur behind Farmers’ Collective – a Food Hub operating out of Raleigh City Farm. Chris and his team aggregate food from farmers throughout the Piedmont to sell to downtown Raleigh restaurants. He also provides a multi-farm seasonal CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) called Farmshare which can be purchased/picked up onsite at RCF. Prior to spinning off Farmers’ Collective in early 2016, Chris led the design and development of Raleigh City Farm in his role as CEO. He is passionate about permaculture and sustainable foodscapes as well as supporting new farm entrepreneurs.