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.
Locally sourced food, including meat, seafood, and producer, was identified as top trends again in the National Restaurant Associations What’s Hot Culinary Forecast for 2015. Also trending related to local food systems are MORE »– from Local Food
USDA representatives coordinating WIC and SNAP at farmers markets across the nation are beginning to host networking calls on the first Tuesday of every month…time to be announced. According to Karen Stanley, NC Department of MORE »– from Local Food
The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) are developing workshop materials and resources focused on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA AMS grant MORE »– from Local Food
The multi-county, two state partnership of local agricultural producers that organized as Farm Fresh Ventures two years ago is celebrating another year of success. In its second year, the group successfully boxed and MORE »
Sourcing 10% of your food locally can be a challenge, especially for larger institutions. Collards in the Cafeteria is the first in a series of short videos from the NC 10% Campaign spotlighting MORE »– from Local Food
ATTRA: the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has recently updated the publication Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities. “This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in MORE »– from Local Food
From the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA): In September 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several reproposed sections of food safety regulations originally proposed in January 2013: Standards for produce production (Produce Rule) MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
Foothills Farm School Focuses on Developing Successful and Sustainable Farms Lara L. Worden, Area Agriculture Agent, NC Cooperative Extension Are you interested in a small farm operation of your own? Ever wondered how MORE »– from Local Food
I have created an on-line survey to help me determine how farmers and consumers use social media for education and marketing. I am hoping you can take a few minutes to complete this MORE »– from Growing Small Farms