CFSA Conference Workshop
Nov
10
1:30 PM13:30

CFSA Conference Workshop

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Wild Hope Farm's Shawn Jadrnicek and Katherine Belk will co-present at CFSA's 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC. Join us for a talk on Farm Designs and Techniques to Save Time and Money. 

Learn new tools, techniques, and designs to make farming easier. Ideas for farm between 1-20 acres include an automated CSA pickup system from a refrigerated trailer, produce and bin washing system using electric pressure washer, gravity rollers for produce washing, greenhouse heating using passive solar and hot compost, pastured poultry systems, and five new techniques making organic no-till more effective and extending the crimping season.

Read more about the conference and register through this link: https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac/

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Getting Ready for Organic Certification
Dec
3
9:00 AM09:00

Getting Ready for Organic Certification

Wild Hope Farm is hosting the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s (CFSA) workshop on organic certification. This day will include all the basics you need to know to decide if organic certification is for you and how to start the certification process. We will discuss regulations for crops and livestock, the step-by-step process of certification, writing an Organic System Plan, required record keeping, and the resources available to farmers transitioning to organic certification. Participants will learn how to assess what steps they need to take on their own farms to be ready for organic certification.

A catered lunch will be provided and after lunch, we will take an in-depth tour of Wild Hope Farm with a focus on learning how to prepare your farm and management systems for organic certification. 

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Wild Hope Retreat
Oct
14
8:30 AM08:30

Wild Hope Retreat

Yoga + Barre3 + Plant Based Lunch

Located in the countryside of Chester, SC, Wild Hope Farm is the perfect getaway for a day centered around intentional living. This retreat is designed to help you relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect more deeply to yourself and to the beautiful nature that surrounds us. At the farm, you will find yourself strolling around our wooded trails, picturesque silos, rolling pastures lined with old oak trees and 10-acre pond. The one day session includes the following:

  • 8:30 am : Arrival, introductions, welcome by the farmhouse 
  • 8:45 - 9:30 am : Barre3 with Kelley Michalski* 
  • 9:30 - 10:30 am : Trailwalk
  • 10:45 - 12 pm : All Levels Karma Vinyasa Flow & Meditation with Kayla Frank**
  • 12 - 1 pm : Plant based nutrition food talk & demo luncheon 

This intimate gathering is for men & women of all ages, stages, backgrounds, and abilities. Bring your own mat. Please wear clothing comfortable for yoga, an extra outer layer, and sneakers for walking the trail.

The cost of the event covers food, amenities, provisions, and provides a stipend for your instructors. 

*Kelley is a finance professional turned barre3 client and now owner of barre3 Fort Mill. After experiencing barre3 as a client, she immediately began dreaming of owning her own studio and was determined to bring it to the Greater Charlotte region so others could experience barre3's incredible workouts, passion, and community. Barre3 is workout for all levels encouraging our clients to listen to their body to find postures and modifications along the way. While delivering a high intensity and low impact workout, we focus on engaging all muscle groups to provide body balance and heart pumping endorphins. 

**Kayla is inspired by physical activity that balances strength, mindful movement, and self-awareness. She believes tapping into our minds and bodies and moving in ways that serve our body, will promote higher feelings of love for ourselves. Kayla encourages everyone not only to “move” their bodies daily but to adjust their lifestyles, hobbies and physical activities in a way that elevates their sense of pride for the beautiful, authentic life they are living. Kayla leads weekly classes at Noda Yoga, Ebb & Flow Movement Studio, Burn Boot Camp South Park and for NC Yoga Bar. Kayla enjoys working as a consultant to small female-owned wellness companies and non-profits. Kayla and her husband, Curtis, live in Charlotte with their two pups!

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Farm to Fork Picnic
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Farm to Fork Picnic

Piedmont Culinary Guild has partnered with CEFS (Center for Environmental Farming Systems) for this chef and farmer pairing - a celebration of year-round local food. As a part of the event, Wild Hope Farm is partnering with Chef Ashley Boyd at 300 East to prepare a meal fresh from the farm. The evening will also feature multiple food artisans, local brewers, distillers, and wineries.

Attendees will enjoy the wonderful tasting event as they stroll through Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, enjoy live music, and listen to speakers who will talk on food-related topics.

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Volunteer Opportunities every Friyay
Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteer Opportunities every Friyay

 Volunteer Brookie Mcllvaine (right) and farm manager, Shawn Jadrnicek (left) harvesting Okra! Wear long sleeves!

Volunteer Brookie Mcllvaine (right) and farm manager, Shawn Jadrnicek (left) harvesting Okra! Wear long sleeves!

Looking to get grounded? Get your hands dirty with us in this piece of paradise right outside the Queen City! We are open to volunteers every Funday Friday 9am-12pm. 

Things to remember:

  • LET US KNOW IF YOU PLAN ON COMING, contact our volunteer coordinator.
  • Activities may include harvesting, packing CSA shares, arranging flowers, packing for the Matthew's Farmers market, weeding, cleaning bins, dead-heading flowers, transplanting, etc. 
  • Weather can vary from rain to shine, so come prepared with big hats, long sleeve shirts, boots or tennis shoes (whatever is most comfortable for you) and sunglasses. 
  • In the summer, you will sweat a lot so bring water and you can refill here!
  • Be prepared to LEARN and LAUGH A LOT with your farm crew. 
  • Bring your lunch and have a picnic by the pond and/or take a self-guided walk on our trails. 

If Fridays do not work for you--that is okay! Contact our volunteer coordinator and she can find a time that works for you. Please do know that on the weekend the farm crew will be taking time to rejuvenate or host events, so the farm will not be open for volunteering (unless specified on the event description)!

Volunteer Coordinator:

Molly Belk

mollybelk94@gmail.com

(704)-807-1570

 Volunteer Coordinator/Apprentice, Molly Belk with her watermelon baby. 

Volunteer Coordinator/Apprentice, Molly Belk with her watermelon baby. 

 Volunteer Coordinator/Apprentice, Molly Belk, got caught in the plastic when wrapping the CSA shares for delivery. 

Volunteer Coordinator/Apprentice, Molly Belk, got caught in the plastic when wrapping the CSA shares for delivery. 

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Watercoloring Au Plein Air
Aug
15
9:00 AM09:00

Watercoloring Au Plein Air

Get inspired by the beautiful landscape that surrounds us at Wild Hope Farm - a flower garden nestled between two picturesque silos, cattle grazing on rolling pastures, and a lively pond ecosystem. Join us on the farm for a morning watercoloring workshop au plein air led by the teaching artist, Deborah Neuhs. Students will be taken step by step through the watercolor building process to explore and create paintings using watercoloring techniques. Following the workshop, students will enjoy a farm fresh picnic lunch.

All materials are provided including watercolor paint, brushes, chairs and paper.

FAQ

Is this a kid-friendly event? This class is open to adults and kids of all ages - a family-fun event!

Do I need to have experience in painting? You do not need to have prior painting or watercoloring experience although experienced painters are welcome. Please message us with any questions!

What can I bring into the event? Be sure to wear loose comfortable clothes but make sure they are old in case paint gets on them. Feel free to bring lite snacks and drinks as you desire! But most of all bring all your creativity!!

About Your Instructor

Deborah Neuhs, Teaching Artist

Since 2001 Deborah Neuhs has owned and operated Handcrafted Art, LLC where she works as a teaching artists throughout Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas. She teaches private and group art classes to elementary, middle and high school students and teaches on a contract basis with public, private and charter schools, libraries, the Mint Museum of Art, Matthew’s Community Farmer’s Market and community centers. She worked as the resident artist at Park Road Montessori from 2000 to 2002, founded and ran the Charlotte Fiber Guild from 2000 to 2002 and is currently president of a non profit, The Charlotte Area Foundation for Music and Handcrafted Art, Inc. 501(c)(3). Giving back is an important part of Handcrafted Art's mission and the Foundation gives Deborah the opportunity to share her gifts with others who many not otherwise have art classes.

In addition to teaching, Deborah has been weaving custom textiles for interior designers with Aboutcolor, LLC since 2002. She weaves trims that are used to embellish interior fabrics and furniture. In 2018 she purchased the company and updated the name to Aboutcolor Home to reflect the companies vision for making beautiful ornaments for the beautification of homes and betterment of those who dwell in them.

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Planning your Fall Garden
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Planning your Fall Garden

Join us Saturday, August 11th for an informative tour of Wild Hope Farm and a workshop on Planning your Fall Garden.

Event Details

2 - 2:45 PM TOUR (optional)

The walking tour will include information on what’s in season, how our small scale farm operates, and organic agriculture. Please wear close-toed shoes. Children welcome!

3 - 5 PM FALL GARDENING WORKSHOP ($30 per person)

Learn how to start and maintain your fall vegetable garden while saving time and energy and working with nature.  

  • Part 1 (45 min) Designing the garden: Assess solar energy, drainage and soil and learn how to build a simple automated drip irrigation system. Hands on activity: sun chart/app, water level, drip system construction.

  • Part 2 (45 min) Planting basics: Learn how prep soil and plant seeds and transplants. Hands on activity: sheet mulching with compost, transplanting and direct seeding by hand and with earthway seeder.

  • Part 3 (30 min) Garden maintenance: Learn how to efficiently combat weeds, pests and diseases with an overview of problems for common vegetables and organic solutions. Hands on activity: collinear hoe.

LIGHT SNACKS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED.

INSTRUCTOR: Shawn Jadrnicek is the author of The Bio-Integrated Farm: A Revolutionary Permaculture-Based System Using Greenhouses, Ponds, Compost Piles, Aquaponics, Chickens and More.  He has nourished his interest in sustainability through 22 years of work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist and landscaper, and now manages Wild Hope Farm in Chester SC.

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Farm to Brew Dinner
Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

Farm to Brew Dinner

Join us for Farm to Brew on Monday, August 6th! It's a Four Course Beer Dinner with a selection of produce sourced and paired with LRB Beer! Hear from the farmers, chefs and brewers as they present this incredible dinner. Menu to be announced.

Tickets are $75 per person and available in house ONLY at LRB. You must come by LRB to purchase a ticket. 

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Summer Solstice Bavarian Feast
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Summer Solstice Bavarian Feast

Join us for a dinner by Chef Bruce Moffett celebrating our local harvest & beers, the longest hours of daylight, and the magic of Midsummer. This farm-to-table dinner will take place at Resident Culture Brewery and will feature delicious eats from Wild Hope Farm, North Corner Haven, Orrman’s Cheese & Community Culinary School of Charlotte.
 

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Organic Farming Workshop
Jun
19
2:00 PM14:00

Organic Farming Workshop

We are excited to host an Organic Farming Workshop for the Catawba Farm and Food Coalition! The Catawba Farm and Food Coalition facilitates and supports the development of a secure and sustainable food system in Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, York Counties and the Catawba Indian Nation.

During the workshop you will visit the farm to learn more about our organic growing practices from the one and only, Shawn Jadrnicek!

Shawn has nourished his interest in sustainability through work as an organic farmer, nursery grower, extension agent, arborist, landscaper, and manager of Clemson University's Student Organic Farm. From his earliest permaculture experiments with no-till farming in the Santa Cruz Mountains to his highly functional bio-integrated designs in the Southeast, Shawn has learned how to cultivate food in a variety of climates and landscapes. He shares his creative solutions through teaching, consulting, design work, and his book.

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Pickin' Party
Jun
2
4:00 PM16:00

Pickin' Party

Live Music + Farm fresh food

One of the more special aspects of farm life is getting to share what we're up to and the beautiful setting with people we love! Please join us at the farm for a summer celebration of delicious food made from farm-fresh ingredients and live music. Red Oak BBQ & Catering will sell food from their truck and Resident Culture Brewery will pour beers while a collective of Asheville based musicians pick the guitar. BYO wine. Kids under 10 are free! 

FOR EVERY TICKET SOLD, WILD HOPE FARM WILL DONATE A PORTION OF PROFITS TO PROVIDING FRESH FOOD IN THE LAKEWOOD COMMUNITY OF CHARLOTTE.

Picnic tables and bales will be set up by our hay-wagon stage overlooking our 10-acre pond - bring your own picnic blanket! Feel free to bring your own instrument and camping tent for some late-night jamming.

3 - 4 PM Optional Yoga led by Kayla Moose or Farm Tour led by Shawn Jardnicek for the early birds or Flower Arranging with Sarah Belk
4 PM - 8 PM Enjoy live music while playing lawn games, sipping beer and enjoy farm fresh eats

Bands include but are not limited to :

See you at the farm!

Best,

Farmer Peanut

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – We are inviting Corporate and Community partners to receive company promotion and recognition, event display space, complimentary tickets. Contact Farmer Peanut at katherine@wildhopefarm.com for more information!

A HUGE thank you to those who are helping to make this event possible! 

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Wild, Raw & Centered
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

Wild, Raw & Centered

Yoga + Plant Based Diet Talk & Demo + Trail Walk + Farm Tour + Meditation

Located in the countryside of Chester, SC, Wild Hope Farm is the perfect getaway for a day centered around intentional living. This retreat is designed to help you relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect more deeply to yourself and to the beautiful nature that surrounds us. At the farm, you will find yourself strolling around our wooded trails, picturesque silos, rolling pastures lined with old oak trees and 10-acre pond. The one day session includes the following:

  • 11:00 am : Arrival, introductions, welcome by the farmhouse - green juices provided
  • 11:30 - 12:30 pm : Yoga by the pond led by Tarra Dahlke (bring your own mat or use one of our free mats)
  • 12:45 - 1:45 pm : Plant based nutrition food talk with a demo luncheon by Edwina Willis-Fleming
  • 2 - 3 pm : Trail walk & greenhouse tour with Farmer Peanut
  • 3:15 - 4 pm : Guided meditation by Mary Powers
  • 4:15 - Bonfire and cocktail / Lenny Boy kombucha on deck, light appetizers provided

This intimate gathering is for men & women of all ages, stages, backgrounds, and abilities.

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Catawba Land Conservancy's Pop-up Picnic
Apr
14
5:30 PM17:30

Catawba Land Conservancy's Pop-up Picnic

Wild Hope Farm is helping to host the Catwaba Land Conservancy's 2nd Annual Pop-up Picnic! The event is a celebration of local farms, food and conservation.

Come spread a blanket and enjoy a relaxing evening outside with family and friends at Freedom Park. Pick up a pre-ordered picnic basket, bring your own picnic meal or enjoy dinner from the New Wrap Order food truck.

Reserve your ticket today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-pop-up-picnic-tickets-42499768953

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Piedmont Culinary Guild's Tastemakers Meetup
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Piedmont Culinary Guild's Tastemakers Meetup

We are excited to gather Piedmont Culinary's Tastemakers Group at Wild Hope Farm for an informative and fun afternoon exposing the roots of our local sustainable food system. 

We'll kick off the visit with a tour of our farming operations where we're using organic practices and permaculture design to grow fresh vegetables, flowers, and pasture raised laying hens. Farm manager, Shawn Jardnicek will talk about building a bio-integrated farm that reduces energy use and increases time efficiencies through innovative design. You'll get a sneak peak at our automated farm share delivery service and learn how we are extracting the heat from our compost to power our greenhouse! 

This talk extends beyond the farm to our local culinary partners - The tour will be followed by a cooking demo from a local chef and beverages supplied by Legal Remedy Brewery. The event is open for children of all ages. We will have t-shirts, reusable bags, and farm share for purchase! 

This is a private event for the Tastemaker's group, to attend you must become a member through this link.

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Holiday Bazaar at Resident Culture
Dec
2
12:00 PM12:00

Holiday Bazaar at Resident Culture

'Tis the Season! We'd like to invite you to join us in preparing for the holidays with some of the best food trucks across the state, live music, and a bounty of amazing Plaza Midwood & local shops with artisanal gifts galore. Wild Hope Farm will have a booth at Resident's Culture's Holiday Bazaar where you can find your yummy root vegetables, kale, collards, cabbage, broccoli, and our mouth watering sour dough bread!

Our market will run from 12-4 pm but the party will continue into the night. 

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Pop-up Market at Lenny Boy Brewery
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

Pop-up Market at Lenny Boy Brewery

GET YOUR FALL VEGGIES ON! Stop by Lenny Boy for some FREE 10 am yoga followed by the Wild Hope Farm pop-up market from 11- 2 PM. 

We will have a diverse assortment of fresh produce and a limited supply of our popular sour dough bread and yummy, colorful eggs. Come early to get the good stuff! 

Including but not limited to broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, red beets, kale, rainbow chard, collards, turnips, mustard greens, and more!

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Taste for the Land
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Taste for the Land

Wild Hope Farm will have a booth at Catawba Land Conservancy's Taste for the Land fundraiser. The event will celebrate local farms, local food and land conservation, featuring seasonal hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, signature cocktails, live music by Dead Man’s Banjo and an onsite farmers market.

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Pop-up Market at Lenny Boy Brewery
Oct
15
11:00 AM11:00

Pop-up Market at Lenny Boy Brewery

Our last Lenny Boy market was a success so... Let's do it again! Avoid the grocery store rush on Sunday and hit up our 2nd pop-up market from 11-4. We will have an assortment of fresh veggies and a limited supply of our popular sour dough bread and colorful eggs. Come early to get the good stuff! 

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