The Farm

Heartstrong Farm is woman-operated farm on leased land of a 16-acre historical homestead property in Staley, North Carolina found through NC Farm Link.

We grow on a small scale, with only one acre in cultivation and grow using regenerative practices including cover cropping, crop rotations, minimal tillage, building soil through addition of organic matter, encouraging biodiversity, and use of certified organic inputs. We are proud to be Certified Naturally Grown, providing a natural and wholesome source of food and flowers for our community.

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2017 is Heartstrong’s first season as a working farm. We offer our produce, flowers, and herbs for sale through seasonal community supported agriculture (CSA) shares and at local farmers markets.

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Photo by Love Me Simply Photography – Lea Ciceraro

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 New Hampshire. While working alongside 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 while getting her hands in the soil 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 farming, community, and food justice through the creation of Heartstrong Farm.

“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
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