201 N McDowell St
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Know Your Farms began as a small food buying club back in 2008 founded by siblings Christy and Wesley Shi. Both wanted to strengthen and help build a more sustainable local food system in the Charlotte area. Soon after starting this exciting new adventure, they realized that a better model for farmers and the community was a hybrid Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). They formed the CSA in 2009 and it has since grown into Charlotte’s most accessible and diverse CSA.
As the years progressed, Christy realized that her unique talents were better suited for policy work and high-level networking at the state and national level. She parted ways with KYF in 2011 but has maintained strong ties to Charlotte’s local food system and KYF. Wesley took over the business in 2011 and has turned KYF into Charlotte’s strongest advocacy service for farmers and a convenient service for consumers.
Today, Know Your Farms operates the CSA with over 30 pickup locations throughout Charlotte and surrounding areas. KYF is proud to host farm tours each year highlighting the rich agricultural ties this community has and hopes more people will come on the tours and get to Know Your Farms. As a community-oriented business based in Charlotte, NC, KYF believes that everyone has something to give back, even small businesses. They organize on-farm work projects throughout the year where volunteers can go out to a farm and work a few hours.
KYF believes that Charlotte has the potential to become a national example of how a solid, well-supported local food system can work. Supporting us helps us reach this goal. Know Your Farms serves Charlotte-area farmers by reducing the risk they see in other sales channels by offering them guaranteed purchases. Know Your Farms serves the Charlotte community by offering the most convenient ways for receiving local foods. We want you to Know Your Farms and Know Your Food!