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Rivendell Farms of the Carolinas

A Common Sense Approach to Good Food and a Better Way of Life

Our Vision:

To encourage regular folks across the Carolinas to experience the JOY of our vibrant community through sharing good food, living healthy lifestyles and supporting local farmers.

Our Mission:

Expressing our values through creating innovative STEM education resources, meeting the needs of local farmers and the Charlotte food community as well as ensuring clean water and proper land management in the Catawba River watershed.

Our Values:

As community members, sustainable farmers and citizens passionate about good food we seek to:

  • Engage with farmers and provide them a voice in various land use, development and water resource conversations
  • Embrace the Charlotte food community through promoting visibility and accessibility of the local food system
  • Educate the general public, families and students through community involvement, teaching STEM skills and offering courses to encourage sustainable lifestyles
  • Empower and partner with organizations, movements and individuals already at work in the Charlotte region to achieve common goals

History of Rivendell Farms of the Carolinas

Rivendell Farms of Huntersville was established in 2000 by the Hardin Family as a sustainable agriculture farm located near the headwaters of Gar Creek in North Mecklenburg County. For those who are not aware, Gar Creek flows through Latta Plantation into Mountain Island Lake — the main source of drinking water for the City of Charlotte. We bought the farm as a fun place to raise our four children and help us balance the pressures of high stress careers and a typical middle class lifestyle. Over the years Rivendell Farms became a place for our friends and neighbors to learn the benefits of growing better food and a slower/more sustainable way of life.

The Hardin Family sold its Huntersville location of Rivendell Farms to another sustainable farming family in 2017 to be able to dedicate more time to supporting other Carolina based farmers, and work smaller plots of land in several different counties.   In early 2018, Rivendell Farms of the Carolinas (RFC) was incorporate as a 501 c (3) non-profit farm and good food advocacy and field study organization.    RFC is currently engaged in several projects that promote our passion for good food, sustainable farming and clean water.

Erin Hostetler, a Charlotte native, local food advocate and fellow, part-time farmer was brought onto the team to assist with promoting the visibility of the Charlotte food and farming community and to help protect the livelihood of local farmers. Previous to working for Rivendell Farms of the Carolinas, Erin worked on two local Charlotte-area farms. She was the Farm Manager for the Friendship Gardens Urban Farm at Garinger High School and worked as the Assistant Cheesemaker at Bosky Acres Goat Dairy in Waxhaw, NC. She comes from a long line of farmers, hailing from central Ohio and the eastern shore of Maryland.

The name Rivendell comes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Rivendell was a place that was located at a divide between mountains and the lowlands where many of the counsels of men, elves and hobbits took place. It was known as a place of healing and place of decision.   The mission and vision of Rivendell Farms is now dedicated to developing common sense solution that help people decide to choose good food and a better way of life.

Our Projects