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A Community-Supported Urban Agriculture and Historical Partnership Project

Mission

Good Hope Farm has a mission to marry Cary's agricultural past with an innovative future by connecting beginning farmers to affordable farmland and our community to local food.

Please note, due to the sensitivities involved with organic farming and historical preservation, this facility is only open and available for public use during official events and programs. 

Programming and Events

Farmers interested in launching their own agri-businesses can sublet affordable farm plots and also benefit from shared use of support such as irrigation and a tractor use. The community can get involved by attending volunteer work days, agricultural workshops, and tours. To learn more about farming, buying produce, donating, or getting involved visit the official project at Good Hope Farm

Support the bountiful work of Good Hope Farm this fall! Learn how you can connect to Cary Grown organic produce and also help reduce your food waste at home this holiday season with two upcoming events.

  • Tickets on sale now for the Documentary Film Screening of "Just Eat It" a food waste movie showing at The Cary Theater on November 27 from 6:45-8:45 PM. Tickets are $10 each and all profits from the ticket sales will go to support the work of Good Hope Farm. Don't miss our panel discussion following the film with local experts who will discuss how food systems, home composting, and organic farming methods help build a resilient community here in Cary. 
  • Join us for a "make and take" family workshop where we will provide you with all the materials and information you need to harness the power of worms to create compost at your home with Vermicomposting. Taking place on December 2 at the Cary Senior Center, this family friendly event requires advance registration with a $25 per family registration fee. All profits from this event will also go to support the work of Good Hope Farm. 

Plan your own work day! Are you part of a group, troop, business, or organization that is interested in participating in volunteer work day on the farm? Let us assist you in creating a valuable and memorable experience out on the farm. Email sarah.justice@townofcary.org to inquire about specific options. 

Background 

In 2008 the Town purchased a historic family farmstead located in the Carpenter Historic District with a goal to keep the property in agricultural production. A coalition of four nonprofit organizations respond and pooled their resources in the name of a comprehensive shared vision best described as an incubator farm project. To accomplish this mission, one nonprofit, Piedmont Conservation Council, holds an eight-year lease with the Town that also outlines project management responsibilities for both parties. PCC also employees a farm manager that is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the incubator farm. The three other nonprofits, The Conservation Fund, North Carolina Community Development Initiative, and Conservation Trust for North Carolina support the project with funding and collaboratively they employee one project manager to handle grant writing, marketing, and other big picture duties. The Town of Cay supports the project with a project manager that handles infrastructure installation, renovations, Town programs and services at the facility (municipal water, electric service, curbside garbage collection) and generally maintaining the Town’s best interests by executing the lease and all it entails.

History of the Property 

Established in 1910 by C.F. and Mallie Maynard, the property passed through several members of the Jones family before being purchased by Allie Martin and Annie Howard in 1933. The Howards proceeded to raise five children and substantial crops of brightleaf tobacco on their family farm for the next 65 years. The Town recognized the inherent and unique value of this property as an intact working farm that looks and feels very much like stepping back in time. The property includes a farmhouse, multiple tobacco barns, tool sheds, and a ham house as well as twenty acres of farmland. By preserving and restoring the buildings the Town is establishing a facility that will connect our Cary community with our agricultural past well into the future. 

Contact

Sarah Justice 
Environmental Outreach Program Specialist
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department
919-469-4301
sarah.justice@townofcary.org