Carolina Farm Trust creates new 28-acre urban farm

You don’t have to grow fresh fruits and vegetables or even manage a farm way out in a field anymore. These days people are able to do that and so much more in large cities. Wisdom and Cherie Jzar are some of many who were able to transition into urban farming.

Cherie Jzar currently works as a personal planner. Her husband, Wisdom, was doing retail sales for concerts and festivals when they decided to switch things up and get into urban farming. “We started thinking about job opportunities for young, Black men, and young, Black women and trying to usher in a new generation of farmers that are growing in urban spaces,” she said.

They launched Deep Roots CPS Farm where they not only manage multiple urban farms, but work to get more Black people into farming. “It’s an amazing thing to have that vision actually come to fruition,” said Wisdom Jzar. “ It's indicative of farming itself.” 

So many opportunities have come their way in the last year, including something bigger than they could have ever imagined. Wisdom and Cherie Jzar will be managing a new urban farm in Huntersville called Free Spirit Farm.

This 28-acre farm will be the newest addition to the Carolina Farm Trust family, and it will be one of the largest urban farms in North Carolina. 

Free Spirit Farm will include a high tunnel grow building, orchards for fruit and nut trees, an area for producing compost and much more. 

For Wisdom and Cherie Jzar, managing this farm is something they are excited about. “How do you eat an elephant, it’s one bite at a time. So, that’s how we looked at it and that’s how we’re going to handle this is, little by little and with any farm, it’s always in increments,” said Wisdom Jzar.

The two have plans to hire more Black and brown farmers to help them handle this new property. They know managing Free Spirit Farm will be their largest urban farm to date, but it's a challenge this team says they're ready to take on. 

“Yeah we’re nervous, but we are very very excited,” said Cherie Jzar.

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