North Carolina Cooperative Extension and many organizations and stakeholders are working with our communities to develop and expand local food systems across the state. Local Foods is a collaborative Flagship Program for the Cooperative Extension Program of NC A&T State University and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service of NC State University. A new Local Food web portal at localfood.ces.ncsu.edu provides information and links to resources from Cooperative Extension and other NC local food partners.
The Richmond County Center Local Foods contact is Paige Burns.
North Stokes High School’s farm is growing GAP-certified produce for their own school cafeteria. Hear more in this news video and read more from The Stokes News - Bridging the GAP: First GAP certified MORE »– from Local Food
Farmers and gardeners who grow blueberries may notice damage to the developing berries caused by the cranberry fruitworm. The cranberry fruitworm moth lays eggs on green berries and after hatching the larvae burrow MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
Revised 7-14-14 Revised 7-9-14 Revised 6-27-14 From NC State University Extension Specialist, Guido van der Hoeven: “In 2013 the General Assembly passed changes to tax law that became effective January 1, 2014. These changes MORE »– from Local Food
2014 Farm Bill Expands Crop Insurance Options “The policy, called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, will provide flexible coverage options for specialty crop, organic and diversified crop producers…. Whole-Farm insurance allows farmers to insure all crops MORE »– from Local Food
Durham County Horticulture Extension Agent, Michelle Wallace, received the esteemed award of Tar Heel of the Week from the News and Observer for her great work including efforts establishing the Briggs Avenue Community Garden MORE »– from Local Food
A recent article in The Packer notes that 70% of consumer survey respondents indicated a desire to buy local food, and a willingness to pay a price premium, at their local grocery store. NC MORE »– from Local Food
Wednesday May 14 at 5:30 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
On May 8, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding from USDA, a historic $78 million investment supporting the entire local and regional food supply chain. $48 million in loan guarantees for local food MORE »– from Local Food
The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. starting MORE »– from Growing Small Farms