I'm James Edwards, a farmer-chef growing produce using organic practices in the heart of Downtown Raleigh.
I currently farm at Raleigh City Farm, located on the corner of Blount Street and Franklin Street.
For the past 18 months, I've provided locally-grown produce to area restaurants and chefs. This year, I'm expanding my offerings to include the Neighborhood Produce Share. My hope is the produce share gives individuals and families in Raleigh a way to live more locally, taste greater flavors, and eat healthier.
Before farming at Raleigh City Farm, I worked with Old Milburnie Farm just outside Raleigh.
Prior to moving to Raleigh, I owned and operated a restaurant in Albemarle, North Carolina called Off the Square. Our menu focused on local and seasonal dishes inspired by casual french american recipes. I trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School in Charlotte, NC.
As a farmer, I focus on understanding how to maximize urban spaces for local growing. I'm committed to creating and using innovative growing techniques for yielding greater flavors and higher production.
Part of that is cultivating uncommon varieties that you won’t find in the store. Each week I'll take you on a flavor and culinary adventure. As a chef, I want to help people learn to prepare foods in a way that creates the fullest flavor.