Our Vision

Raleigh City Farm’s vision is a community engaged in a vibrant, sustainable food system reinforced by a network of thriving farmers.

 
 

We believe in Raleigh

Raleigh City Farm is a nonprofit urban farm founded in 2011 on a formerly vacant one-acre lot in downtown Raleigh. We believe in the power of urban farms to reduce waste, create healthier communities, and re-connect city-dwellers with healthy food production through more frequent encounters with agriculture.

We believe that turning vacant lots into productive, nourishing farmland can create something from nothing – an amenity from an eyesore.

We invite our community to “dig in” and be a part of our big vision by signing up for a workshop, taking a tour, attending a special event, and volunteering to help maintain our farm site.

 
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Values

 

Local Food

Nourishing our bodies while supporting economic development

 

Sustainability

Stewarding the health of the nonprofit and the environment

Entrepreneurship

Encouraging and supporting innovation in urban agriculture

 

Community

Strengthening civic engagement and neighborhood pride

Well-being

Recognizing the transformative power of cultivating the soil

 

Our Team

 
 

Lisa Grele Barrie, Interim General Manager

Lisa began digging in as a volunteer since the Farm’s inception, and is passionate about sustaining this urban green space around the corner from her home. Transitioning into the volunteer role of Interim General Manager was a natural fit, after serving on the board since 2015. Her skills as a nonprofit administrator were honed at NC Theatre where she served as the CEO for over eight years. She sees a direct link between the importance of “art and ag” – two key ingredients that contribute to an enhanced quality of life for our community.

Her love of gardening was handed down by her father, who was avid about tending his yard and gardens and she takes great pleasure in getting her hands in the dirt and cultivating all varieties of blooming things inside and out. She is the creator of “Wine + Weeds,” RCF’s weekly volunteer event that keeps the weeds at bay while building meaningful community connections. Lisa believes deeply in the transformative power of cultivating the soil and how it contributes to our personal and collective well-being.

 
 

Board of Directors

 
Miranda Miller, Chair    Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP    I love that Raleigh City Farm provides a slice of farm life in the heart of downtown Raleigh and gives our community access to a beautiful, sustainable, and productive green space. Raleigh City Farm helps us to re-connect to the land.

Miranda Miller, Chair

Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP

I love that Raleigh City Farm provides a slice of farm life in the heart of downtown Raleigh and gives our community access to a beautiful, sustainable, and productive green space. Raleigh City Farm helps us to re-connect to the land.

Byron Wyche, Treasurer    Red Hat    The dual role RCF plays in the downtown Raleigh community excites me. It’s both a living classroom where people reconnect with where and how our food is produced, as well as an incubator for urban agriculture entrepreneurs who bring the food supply chain back into the community.

Byron Wyche, Treasurer

Red Hat

The dual role RCF plays in the downtown Raleigh community excites me. It’s both a living classroom where people reconnect with where and how our food is produced, as well as an incubator for urban agriculture entrepreneurs who bring the food supply chain back into the community.

Melissa Creamer, Secretary    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina    Raleigh City Farm allows me to connect my interests in farming and wellness with my passion for perpetual learning. I am happy to be able to serve the nonprofit and its mission.

Melissa Creamer, Secretary

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Raleigh City Farm allows me to connect my interests in farming and wellness with my passion for perpetual learning. I am happy to be able to serve the nonprofit and its mission.

 
Kristin Caddick, Board Apprentice    NC Green Power    The farm’s presence has become a true staple of downtown Raleigh and is a testament, both agriculturally and socially, to the diversity that makes our city so rich. It is a safe haven for picnickers, families, gardeners, yogis, and many others. For me, it is a home away from home and I look forward to digging deeper.

Kristin Caddick, Board Apprentice

NC Green Power

The farm’s presence has become a true staple of downtown Raleigh and is a testament, both agriculturally and socially, to the diversity that makes our city so rich. It is a safe haven for picnickers, families, gardeners, yogis, and many others. For me, it is a home away from home and I look forward to digging deeper.

Basil Camu   Leaf & Limb   I'm hugely passionate about trees and soil as a way to help foster a healthy planet and happy communities. My beliefs intersect RCF's mission in the same way that soil, trees, agriculture, and saving our planet all intersect - we need healthy, sustainable land stewardship to heal our planet's most pressing environmental issues and we need ever-growing public education and awareness to drive these causes.

Basil Camu
Leaf & Limb
I'm hugely passionate about trees and soil as a way to help foster a healthy planet and happy communities. My beliefs intersect RCF's mission in the same way that soil, trees, agriculture, and saving our planet all intersect - we need healthy, sustainable land stewardship to heal our planet's most pressing environmental issues and we need ever-growing public education and awareness to drive these causes.

Howard Fleming    Fleming Insurance/Allstate    As someone who grew up in Raleigh, I feel Raleigh City Farm reflects the personality of our city: progressive, healthy, and entrepreneurially open to new ideas!

Howard Fleming

Fleming Insurance/Allstate

As someone who grew up in Raleigh, I feel Raleigh City Farm reflects the personality of our city: progressive, healthy, and entrepreneurially open to new ideas!

 
Ivan Hovis-Gobern    Ivan HG Realty    There is something very special about this space where education meets curiosity, where nature dances with opportunity, where passion is the foundation of creativity and where Wellness and Relationship reign. Talent shared, community connected, partnerships formed, urban farmers born, children, seniors and college students dig in and city gardeners like me… show up excited and leave inspired. Come Join Us on the Farm… downtown!

Ivan Hovis-Gobern

Ivan HG Realty

There is something very special about this space where education meets curiosity, where nature dances with opportunity, where passion is the foundation of creativity and where Wellness and Relationship reign. Talent shared, community connected, partnerships formed, urban farmers born, children, seniors and college students dig in and city gardeners like me… show up excited and leave inspired. Come Join Us on the Farm… downtown!

KJ Jones    CitiusTech    Raleigh City Farm builds a tangible connection between the farm and our everyday urban lives. Year over year it proves to be an invaluable gem to the local businesses and residents. It’s an honor to serve and support the mission and vision of Raleigh City Farm.

KJ Jones

CitiusTech

Raleigh City Farm builds a tangible connection between the farm and our everyday urban lives. Year over year it proves to be an invaluable gem to the local businesses and residents. It’s an honor to serve and support the mission and vision of Raleigh City Farm.

Meryl Murtagh    Department of State Treasurer    I support Raleigh City Farm’s mission of connecting urban communities with food and helping us understand and appreciate what we put in our bodies and on our tables. The farm is an exciting way to ensure we have a healthy community.

Meryl Murtagh

Department of State Treasurer

I support Raleigh City Farm’s mission of connecting urban communities with food and helping us understand and appreciate what we put in our bodies and on our tables. The farm is an exciting way to ensure we have a healthy community.

 
Al Newsom    Good Dirt    I love Raleigh City Farm for being a ‘living teaching lab’ in the middle of our growing urban environment. The Farm connects young farmers to the community and brings neighbors together, while empowering children and adults to learn how to grow their own food. Essentially, Raleigh City Farm is the intersection of food, community and sustainability. I feel so honored to be part of such a great organization.

Al Newsom

Good Dirt

I love Raleigh City Farm for being a ‘living teaching lab’ in the middle of our growing urban environment. The Farm connects young farmers to the community and brings neighbors together, while empowering children and adults to learn how to grow their own food. Essentially, Raleigh City Farm is the intersection of food, community and sustainability. I feel so honored to be part of such a great organization.

Jamie Ousterout    Stabilimenta    For me, Raleigh City Farm is synonymous with “community”—the Farm provides a productive and beautiful space for entrepreneurial farmers and community members alike to grow, share, and connect. I am honored to support the Farm as a board member and volunteer.

Jamie Ousterout

Stabilimenta

For me, Raleigh City Farm is synonymous with “community”—the Farm provides a productive and beautiful space for entrepreneurial farmers and community members alike to grow, share, and connect. I am honored to support the Farm as a board member and volunteer.

Tara Zechini Owens    Goodness    I love how Raleigh City Farm transformed that little urban street corner into a beautiful working farm that connects our neighbors to the “where, how, and why” of sustainable agriculture.

Tara Zechini Owens

Goodness

I love how Raleigh City Farm transformed that little urban street corner into a beautiful working farm that connects our neighbors to the “where, how, and why” of sustainable agriculture.

Larry Zucchino    JDavis Architects    I love the idea that Raleigh City Farm provides entrepreneurial opportunities for young urban farmers… plus, it is the coolest farm in Raleigh.

Larry Zucchino

JDavis Architects

I love the idea that Raleigh City Farm provides entrepreneurial opportunities for young urban farmers… plus, it is the coolest farm in Raleigh.

Advisory Council 

 
 

Meg McKinnon Bullard
Meg Bullard Realty

James Edwards
Farmer James

Nation Hahn
EducationNC

Preston Montague
Artist, Landscape Designer

Caroline Morrison
Fiction Kitchen

Laurel Varnado Passera
EQ Research

Sam Ratto
Videri Chocolate Factory

Christopher Rumbley
Farmers’ Collective

Matt Spitzer
Triangle Hemp

Darian Walker
Bodhi Land & Design

Chase Werner
Triangle Hemp

Sarah Ward
Spoonflower LLC

Jake Wolf
Capital Club 16

Helen Yoest
Bee Better

David McConnell
Infinity Hundred Farm

 
 

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