The RWWCUF is lucky to partner with Patchwork Urban Farms. Patchwork is run by Sunil Patel, a farmer, permaculturalist, and food and farming thought-leader. Patchwork’s aim is to provide fresh, organic, Asheville-grown produce to the community, while creating the groundwork for a resilient food and farming economy. Their strategy is to partner with land owners within the urban landscape of Asheville, develop healthy soil and grow crops on that land, then sell produce directly to families through a CSA and farm stand model.

Sunil has studied natural farming methods in California, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Oregon.In January 2013, Sunil relocated to Asheville. After being Site Manager and teaching urban farming at the Ashevillage Institute, he launched Patchwork Urban Farms in early 2014. Along the way, he’s collected many skills, such as growing 4-season biodynamic vegetables, managing a grass-fed dairy herd, making artisanal raw milk cheese, baking for production in a commercial wood-fired oven, natural building, and maintaining permaculture sites. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Sunil also managed a large CSA in central Pennsylvania for about four years. In that time, he expanded a quarter acre plot to a 12-acre working farm.

Sunil Patel, Patchwork Urban Farms