Meet the Farmers

Through our Cultivator Farm Program, four farming businesses currently license plots at Good Hope Farm:

David Barbee and Michael Carpenter participated in the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Teaching Farm in Raleigh before launching Orange Sky Organics on their 1/2 acre plot at Good Hope Farm. Their farm focuses on producing turmeric and baby ginger, as well as okra, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, watermelon, and herbs.

 

 

 

Jeff and John Heller are the son-father duo behind Provence Farms, named after a rich growing region in France. Their focus is on heirloom tomatoes and bell peppers that have been recognized as outstanding varieties for rarity, color, and flavor, and they have plans to expand to micro greens, squash and sweet potatoes on their one acre plot.

 

 

 

Thomas Saile grew up in Cary and learned to farm at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Teaching Farm in Raleigh. He joined Good Hope Farm as both a farmer and the farm manager because he feels the farm is meaningful in helping to preserve the agricultural history of his hometown. He is growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, okra, corn and basil on his 1/2 acre plot, known as Genesis Urban Farm. Next year he plans to expand his offerings to include hops and mushrooms.

 

 

Prior to starting his market operation, Garden-Fresh Farm, Yulin Wu was an avid gardener and grew up on a farm in China. He is growing sweet potatoes, Korean melons, eggplant, cucumber, tomatoes, beans, corn, peppers, and okra on 1.5 acres, and plans to start a blueberry patch in the fall.

 

 

 

 

All of the farmers sell produce to local markets. Opportunities for the public to purchase produce from the farm are shared on our Facebook page.