Everyone who knows me well, knows that I love growing food. Even if I’m doing it from the balcony of my apartment. Charlotte is home to Microfarm Organic Gardens, a unique business centered around providing products and education for sustainably growing food right here in The Queen City. Whether you want to build an entire urban homestead or grow vegetables in a raised bed, they’ve got you covered.
Recently I reached out to Matt Kokenes, founder of Microfarm Organic Gardens to learn more about growing food here in Charlotte. He graciously agreed to meet for a cup of coffee and share his experience and a little more about what his company does. We met at Nova’s Bakery (now closed) on Central Ave (good coffee and pastries) not too far from his workshop and greenhouse.
We talked about organic gardening, buying local and why people are so fascinated with growing food, and embracing the local movement. We then headed over to his workshop and greenhouse, for a peek at what he’s been working on.
Matt is a craftsman and enjoys building things. He also makes an effort to source materials locally, like the red cedar he uses for nearly all of the wood products made for clients. Red cedar is weather and pest resistant and is an excellent natural material for raised garden beds.
Here are some photos from the tour
Matt had a nice selection of fall vegetables growing in the raised beds on his property.
He built a greenhouse to start heirloom seedlings which they sell to customers at their retail spot at Atheron Mill Market.
Mini-greenhouses for children is a recent project in the works which is perfect for future gardeners to learn by doing.
This treehouse was the first project that Matt constructed which fueled his passion for building things.
You can visit their display booth at Atheron Mill Market on Saturdays. Check Microfarm’s website for times.
If you are looking to create a sustainable garden at your home or business, Microfarm Organic Gardens has you covered. They’re devoted exclusively to the art of edible organic gardening… and yes it is an art because it’s creative, fun and rewarding. Matt and his team offer organic garden design, maintenance, and related services to the greater Charlotte area.