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Nooze Hounds: Zack Wyatt and Michael Bowling with Carolina Farm Trust

Episode 78

Zack Wyatt, president and CEO of Carolina Farm Trust, speaks to attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony for the CFT Market
Zack Wyatt, president and CEO of Carolina Farm Trust, speaks to attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony for the CFT Market. (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

On episode 78 of the Nooze Hounds podcast, Ryan talks to Zack Wyatt, CEO of Carolina Farm Trust; and Michael Bowling, general manager of CFT Market, the site of a ceremonial groundbreaking the same day they appeared on the podcast.

According to a release announcing the groundbreaking, Carolina Farm Trust aims to increase the accessibility to affordable nutrient dense foods, feeding Charlotte residents while supporting local farmers and land.

The marketplace will also house collaborations with farmers to foster regenerative farming practices and other environmental protecting practices including ESG and carbon neutrality in effort to give back to the ecosystem that feeds our families. In addition, the hub will empower locals with education, employment and business opportunities.

Michael Bowling, general manager of CFT Market, speaks to attendees at Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony.
Michael Bowling, general manager of CFT Market and founder of Hot Box Next Level Kitchen, speaks to attendees at Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony. (Photo by Grant Baldwin)

On the podcast, Wyatt and Bowling discuss their plans for the local food distribution and production center as well as topics ranging from equitability in food accessibility to Black food culture in Charlotte.

In February 2021, we reported on Carolina Farm Trust’s plans for CFT Market in its early stages after Charlotte City Council voted to allocate $1.5 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

“Every major geopolitical issue we have is coming from the dirt, in one fashion or another,” Wyatt said in that article, adding that, “We have generationally lost knowing where our food comes from and what local, ecologically responsible foodways look like.”

Some other related reading that comes up during the discussion:

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