Erin Hostetler

Erin Hostetler

The Patio Farmer   


As a sprout, growing up in Charlotte, she hated yard work. Weeding? You kidding? It wasn’t until adulthood that she realized her passion for plants and growing food. Its never too late to learn how to grow! 


Erin got her bread and butter farm education while working on a 20-acre Certified Organic production farm in western Pennsylvania. Over the last three years, she has volunteered on an urban farm in central London, an organic farm in eastern Iceland and several local farms in Charlotte and Concord. 


From June 2016 to December 2017, Erin worked for Friendship Gardens as the Farm Manager at the Urban Farm at Garinger High School. Through an extensive Garden Network, Friendship Gardens grows food for Friendship Trays, Charlotte’s “meals-on-wheels” organization. Erin also works at Bosky Acres Goat Dairy as an Assistant Cheese Maker and at Earth Fare Ballantyne & South Park (you can find her in the Specialty Department). 


Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Global Studies from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts in Global Ethics and Human Values from King’s College London, where her dissertation focused on developing a global, rights based, food ethic. Her intention is to create change within our local and national food systems.  


Erin's current "day job" is working as the Program Coordinator for the Energy & Environment Innovation Foundation. In this capacity, she is able to fuse her passions for sustainable agriculture, food production, environmental ethics, sustainable energy, watershed management and community building into a beautiful interdisciplinary role. 


She is in pursuit of her own spit of land to raise food for herself and her friends and family. 


Outside of food production, Erin enjoys traveling (abroad preferably), yoga, adult coloring, being outside, fermenting things, canning and cuddling with her boyfriend's black lab, Eleanor. 


To contact Erin, please email thepatiofarmer@gmail.com