Sunil Patel is the founder and farmer of Patchwork Urban Farms, multi-plot urban farm creating sharing networks around abundant landscapes in Asheville.
Sunil is currently farming seven Patches in the PUF network, in North and West Asheville, and the Southside. He started the farm in 2014, and has since built the foundations for a cooperative to form in our city. He’s got a flock of chickens in West Asheville, and grows vegetables, herbs, flowers, and has established perennial crops in various locations. He also cooks in various venues around town, including on the farm in 2018!
A farmer, permaculturalist, and a food and farming thought-leader, he’s studied natural farming methods and worked for farmers in California, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Oregon. Along the way, he’s collected many skills, from growing four-season biodynamic vegetables, to managing a grass-fed dairy herd, making artisanal raw milk cheese, baking for production in a commercial wood-fired oven, natural building, and helping maintain permaculture sites.
Hailing from Pittsburgh, he managed a large CSA in central Pennsylvania for the about four years. In that time, he expanded a quarter acre plot to a 12 acre working farm.
In January 2013 he relocated to Asheville and transitioned from being site manager and teaching urban farming at the Ashevillage Institute, to launching Patchwork Urban Farms in early 2014.