The Patio Farmer is a consultation service in Charlotte, North Carolina that works to educate, assist and empower individuals to grow food in small spaces – ie: patios, balconies, porches, etc. through a unique design for your space as well as installation, maintenance and follow-up support.  

Bring a little edible, greenness to your city life with three easy steps - 

1) Consultation

2) Installation 

3) Maintenance 

All with the help and guidance of The Patio Farmer! 

Turn your black thumb green TODAY - start patio farming Charlotte! 

Services Include:

  • Consultations - advice and recommendations for seasonal planting
  • Installations - product procurement and hands-on, set-up assistance
  • Maintenance Plans -customized guidelines for the care of your plants
  • Out of Town Services - watering, health checks and monitoring while you're away
  • Annual Subscriptions - 2 or 4 seasons worth of services for your patio farm over the course of 6 or 15 months (respectively)  

Annual Subscriptions

- FULL or HALF -

Full Subscription - $950  


  • 4 Seasons of growing within 15 months
  • 1 Consultation, 4 Installations, 4 Maintenance Plans, Unlimited troubleshooting

Half Subscription - $500


  • 2 Seasons of growing within 6 months
  • 1 Consultation, 2 Installations, 2 Maintenance Plans, Unlimited troubleshooting
For more information, visit Services & Pricing 


The Patio Farmer hosts classes January - October through SkillPop, a woman-owned, small business here in Charlotte that offers "pop up classes in your community for creators, dreamers and life-long learners." To find the next class, visit their Charlotte Class Schedule here.

The Patio Farmer is also available to teach informal classes or offer demonstrations as part of Resident Events or at Farmers Markets and Special Events in Charlotte. If you're interested in one of these opportunities, please email Erin at thepatiofarmer@gmail.com. 

Who is The Patio Farmer?

Meet, Erin Hostetler. 

Erin is a locally-grown Charlottean. Calling the Queen City home for most of her life, minus a few escapades to the mountains (go Mountaineers!), Europe (Spain & UK) and rural Pennsylvania she now finds herself plopped back in sunny Charlotte. 

Having spent the last 4 years working on farms of various sizes, shapes and scales she is now dedicated to teaching people how to grow their own food in whatever size, shape or scale they desire! Realizing the importance of knowing where food actually comes from was life changing for Erin. Educating others about this miraculous feat is now a life-long passion of Erin's. Green thumbs are contagious, man. Get yours. 

For more about Erin, visit Biography 

To get started planning your patio farm today, please email Erin at thepatiofarmer@gmail.com

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