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Farmers & Chefs: Growing Our Farm Dinner Program

August 9, 2016 - Agritourism, Economic Development, Marketing, View All
Farmers & Chefs: Growing Our Farm Dinner Program

Piedmont Biofarm is a diversified vegetable operation near downtown Pittsboro, NC. The farm is operated by Brett Evans, Will Carmine, and Geoff Seleen. The farm has been quite successful in selling produce to local consumers. In 2015, the farmers began hosting on-farm dinners in which all the produce used in the meals was sourced from the Biofarm and prepared by Geoff, an experienced chef and caterer.

The Biofarm plans to expand their on-farm dinner series, dubbed “the Farm Kitchen,” by renovating their packing shed to include a food preparation and catering supplies area. The Farm Kitchen is a new take on agritourism that educates attendees on local agriculture both by tempting their palates and deepening their understanding of the benefits of small-scale farming.

Thus far, the Farm Kitchen on-farm dinner series has been a great success for the farm. Geoff, the primary coordinator for the Farm Kitchen program, has refurbished the kitchen space. This program has already proven to be highly profitable for the farm operation, and the kitchen renovations have allowed the farm to hire additional employees. They plan to host dinners once a month or more thanks to the additional infrastructure.

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