Farmer Profile: Barking Dog Farms

This is Jordan Walker’s first year at Good Hope Farm, but he is not new to farming. He first developed a green thumb working on his family’s summer vegetable garden as a child. Jordan learned more about small scale vegetable production while studying environmental science and later graduated with a degree in agribusiness from North Carolina State University. Soon after, Jordan launched Barking Dog Farms in Alamance County. Farming in Alamance County presented several barriers to success, leading him to relocate his operation to Good Hope Farm this spring. “Good Hope Farm has given me and my farm business an opportunity to continue – plain and simple,” Jordan says.

Raised in North Carolina, Jordan knew he wanted to farm in-state but had limited access to land. He began his vegetable production by leasing a small plot, but maintaining it became difficult when he moved to Raleigh. “[I] tried commuting over an hour each way to my farm six days a week,” Jordan says, “This plan was not sustainable at all for myself or for the good of my farming business.” In addition to this challenge, Jordan had to transport his produce from the farm to markets in the Triangle area. “Good Hope Farm is located much closer to my home and only 2.2 miles from the Western Wake Farmers’ Market where I sell a majority of my fresh vegetables year-round,” he says. “I am extremely excited to be growing and selling my produce in a micro local matter.”

Jordan’s passion for urban farming goes beyond proximity to markets and home. He values the teaching component of urban agriculture and is always excited when customers take interest in his farming practices. “For years I have had customers in Morrisville and Cary ask to visit my farm only to be disappointed at the distance to travel,” he says, “Now, farming at Good Hope Farm, my customers can come and truly see how their food is being grown.” He also enjoys farming in a shared space and the sense of community among Good Hope’s farmers. “Urban farms may seem like a niche or novice idea,” Jordan says. “As a small-scale vegetable farmer, I know urban farms are here to stay, and our local residents and community leaders need to embrace them like they have with Good Hope Farm.” Stop by Barking Dog Farm’s stand at Western Wake Farmers Market to meet Jordan and support local food!