Meet the Farmers

Heartstrong Farm is operated by Eva Moss + Patrick Green on leased land of a 16-acre historical homestead property in Staley, North Carolina found through NC Farm Link. The two are a couple of young beginning farmers who are passionate about stewarding the land, cultivating its goodness, and sharing its bounty with others to strengthen mind, body, and heart.

2017 will be Heartstrong’s first season as a working farm. Eva + Patrick will be offering their vegetables, flowers, and herbs for sale through seasonal community supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions and at local farmers markets.


Eva is the principal farmer at Heartstrong Farm. She first realized a calling to work in local food systems while WWOOFing on a permaculture teaching farm in Andover, New Hampshire. While working alongside other young farmers and engaging with local residents and businesses on community food projects, she was inspired to support the growing sustainable food movement. She became involved in grassroots advocacy work on behalf of sustainable agriculture and supporting the next generation of farmers with PlanetForward and the Greenhorns, while gardening and farming where ever and when ever she could. After earning a Master’s of Food and Agriculture Law and Policy degree from Vermont Law School and becoming a certified permaculture designer, Eva was inspired to intersect her passion for agriculture, community, and food justice through the creation of Heartstrong Farm with her husband Patrick.


Patrick is co-owner and operator at Heartstrong, working full-time in the healthcare technology field while also working in all aspects of the farm. Patrick grew up in Middle Tennessee where his family always kept a well-loved home garden full of tomatoes, peppers, corn, muscadine grapes, and other crops that were favorites in family recipes. During the summers, he worked on livestock and grain farms and in his family’s tool and die business. Patrick loves the great outdoors and using his hands to grow and build goodness on the farm and beyond. He is passionate about stewarding the land and connecting with others through sharing recipes and cooking together, as well as whipping up mean hot sauces and home-brewing craft beer.

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.”
– Wendell Berry