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Piedmont Biofarm

Producing sustainably grown, high quality food year-round while improving soil fertility.

Located on the outskirts of Pittsboro, NC, Piedmont Biofarm is a year-round vegetable farm surrounding the Piedmont Eco-Industrial campus. Farmer Doug Jones and his production team grow a diverse repertoire of vegetables with minimal mechanical equipment and no synthetic chemical inputs. We use local leaf mulch and composted horse manure to enrich our soil, locally made biodiesel when fuel is required, and benevolent pest management practices. Beyond food production, we work to cultivate climate specific varieties of vegetables by selective seed saving and breeding. We also commit significant energy to our educational programs including seed saving workshops, seed exchanges, farm tours, and internship opportunities.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

It works like this: A select number of members pay a set fee in advance of the season. The farm uses that money to put in their crops. Throughout the season, members partake in weekly harvests and the farm goes to work!

Stay informed of what is being harvested at the Biofarm website.

In 2011 we are offering three 16-week CSA sessions. Click here to learn more and sign up.

The best way to contact Piedmont Biofarm is to call Doug at 919-444-9680 or send an email to PiedmontBiofarm@gmail.com.

Our Story

Piedmont Biofarm first took sprout at our operation in Moncure, North Carolina. It made perfect sense to add a farm so that in addition to making fuel, we would now begin growing some of our own food.

With the aid of winter crop protection, and the greenhouses, and our mild North Carolina winters, we can farm all year. The photo at the left was taken in January, 2008. The Farm is operated by Doug Jones, with the help of a rotating cast of interns.

Biofarm Projects

South East Eco Diversity (SEED)

Piedmont Biofarm is a year around vegetable farm located on the outskirts of Pittsboro, NC. Doug Jones and his production team grow a diverse repertoire of vegetables with minimal mechanical equipment and no synthetic chemical inputs. They use local leaf mulch and composted horse manure for their beds, locally made biodiesel when fuel is required, and benevolent pest management practices. Beyond food production Piedmont Biofarm cultivates climate-specific varieties of vegetables by selective seed saving. They also commit significant energy to our educational programs including, seed saving workshops, seed exchanges, farms tours, and internship opportunities. The farm’s vision is to produce sustainably grown high quality food year around while improving soil fertility.

Piedmont Biofarm is operated by Doug Jones on the excellent soil surrounding Piedmont Biofuels Industrial. Doug entered his 39th year of farming in 2009. He began his career in the Northeast and migrated down to our neck of the woods 10 years ago. While production farming is his profession, his passion is seed saving and plant breeding. He spends great energy developing and selecting the most desirable strains of his plants to increase their genetic strength and adaptation to local climate and soil conditions. His Senposai (Asian Collard) seeds are available through the Fedco Seed company. Other varieties will be available locally in the near future. His extensive variety trials include cultivars he is testing for Seeds of Change.

The SEED program, funded in part by Margaret Jemison through the Abundance Foundation and implemented by Doug Jones involves Variety Trials and Plant Breeding. Variety Trials are experimental practices with various stocks to determine potential for our climate and soil. Plant Breeding improves varieties to better adapt to conditions and specific needs of local growers.

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