Farm Visit Snapshots: Off Grid in Color
From Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos: Farm Visit Snapshots are a new feature on my Growing Small Farms website. A big part of my job as an Agriculture Agent is visiting farms to provide advice on crop production, marketing, and general management. I always have enjoyed taking photos during these visits and sharing on social media to promote agricultural literacy. I am now also sharing them on my website to widen the audience. These Farm Visit Snapshots provide a glimpse into activities on the farm during that visit.
In early October, I visited Chatham County’s Off Grid in Color and talked with farmer Chantel Johnson. Chantel describes Off Grid in Color as a homestead sanctuary for health and wellness. She started the farm in 2016 as a place for her to heal after the tragic death of her brother in Chicago. She sold her first turkey in 2017, and that was when she went from being a homesteader to a farmer! Her mission at Off Grid in Color is to encourage others to take steps towards greater self-sufficiency through farm-raised meat, birth coaching (Chantel is a certified doula), and community outreach. The farm hosts popular workshops and retreats to teach homesteading. Chantel also enjoys mentoring beginner farmers.
Chantel raises chicken, turkeys, and pigs at Off Grid in Color. She leases farmland and is currently looking for farmland to buy to establish a permanent home for Off Grid in Color. She is crowdsourcing funding to help with this effort. Learn more about this.
You can find Off Grid in Color at several local farmers markets:
- Tuesdays from 4–6 p.m.
- Wednesdays from 3–6 p.m.
- Durham: 2nd Sundays from 1–4 p.m.
- Raleigh: 4th Sundays from 1–4 p.m.
I hope you enjoy the photos below. The photo captions provide further details.