Our mission:

To use diverse natural systems that build living soil while producing food for healthy people, healthy economy, and healthy ecology.

We do not use synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides or GMOs anywhere on the farm.



                          Learn more:

                          Our State Magazine- “A Way of Life” Farm in Sunshine, NC lives up to its name; October 17, 2016


        ASAP’s Growing Local Radio- CSA Through the Seasons; June 26, 2017  



                           NC Dept. of Ag.- Fresh from the Farmers’ Market; October, 6, 2017

ASAP’s Growing Local Radio- Looking Back on 10 Years of Farming, December 17, 2018


A Way of Life Farm

for healthy people, healthy economy

          and healthy ecology

Find our Pasture-Raised Pork and

Certified Organic Produce:

Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 8am-12pm (Year-round)

1801 Yorkmont Rd.

8am-12pm Saturdays

Community Supported Agriculture 


for 2019 CSA Shares


On the farm

Sunshine, Rutherford County, NC

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What’s in a name?

       Our farm name came about with two meanings in mind.  First was the realization that our farm was more than a job or a hobby, but a presence that permeates all aspects of our lives, from our attention and time to our values and relationships.  Second is the cyclical nature, or way, of life- the constant renewal coming from growth, death, decay, and new life.  This may seem mundane or obvious, but when you really pay attention to these processes in nature, it's breathtaking.

       Most of the land that became A Way of Life Farm had been a clear cut pine forest.  Our first year here, we had our first "intern", a family friend, Camille, who was gracious enough to help during the muddled and hectic days when we were just getting our bearings.  She is an amazing artist and volunteered to design a logo for the farm.  We didn't know what we were looking for until we were moving logs up on the old clear cut and noticed that one of the logs had a healthy plant growing out of it.  A seed had nestled itself into a crevice filled with enough decaying wood, that it took root and grew!  Camille created our logo from there- life of all kinds springing from a fallen tree.


       We hoped that we could be helpful to this land and encourage the return of a variety of life when we moved here 10 years ago.  On less than 2 acres, we grow over 40 kinds of USDA Certified Organic produce with careful attention to the soil to provide nutrient-dense food for our family and customers. 

     Jamie imagined food-bearing trees and plants, ponds, and pastures throughout much of the rest of our land-- what initially looked like red clay desert, brambles, and small pines.  We’re making steady progress on this broader permaculture design, and we’re thrilled to be a part of a process that will span generations.