The Farmer

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At Chatham Mills Farmers Market | Photo by Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro

Eva is the principal farmer at Heartstrong Farm. She began her journey in the soil during college at The University of the South while volunteering in St. Mary’s Convent’s Organic Prayer Garden where she helped to grow lavender for the Community of Magdalene’s Thistle Farms.

This experience led her to WWOOF on a permaculture teaching farm in New Hampshire, where Eva realized a calling to work in local food systems. While working alongside other young farmers and engaging with local residents and businesses on community food projects, she was inspired to support the growing local food movement.

After apprenticing in various community gardens and on market farms from Tennessee up to Vermont, she earned her Master’s in Food and Agricultural Law and Policy degree from Vermont Law School and permaculture design certification from Whole Systems Designs.

Through these varied agrarian-based experiences, Eva was inspired to intersect her passion for agriculture, community, and food justice through the creation of Heartstrong Farm in 2017. When not in the fields, you can find Eva teaching food policy over at Guilford College, experimenting in the kitchen, or adventuring out in the woods.

“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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