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Events for Local Government Officials Highlight Economic Development Potential of Local Food and Farm Businesses
In September, Local Food Economies and the NC 10% Campaign organized three Innovations in Economic Development through Local Foods gatherings to showcase investments that local and regional governments can make to support small and mid-scale food and farming businesses.
The NC 10% Campaign's Local Food Ambassador Program offers year-long paid employment to student Ambassadors to organize around local food issues on their university and college campuses. We checked in with a few former Ambassadors to learn what they gained from their experience.
The largest classroom at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University isn’t just for faculty and students.
Five questions with Angel Cruz, a CEFS Graduate Fellow who recently graduated from N.C. State with a Ph.D. in Agroecology. She used participatory action research (PAR) to conduct research with smallholder farmers in rural El Salvador for a three-year research project to evaluate the role of sustainable soil management in improving food security for smallholder farming communities.
Why would good agricultural land be planted to trees and then to pasture?
This past holiday season, shoppers were in for a special treat when they found frozen North Carolina shrimp at area Weaver Street Market (WSM) stores, just in time for end-of-year celebrations.
By now, the 40% of food that’s wasted in the US is a widely accepted figure. However, the calculations behind it leave out a very important part of the food system: farm-level food waste.
Five questions with Gary Nabhan, ethnobiologist, nature writer, and agrarian activist.
Hurricane Matthew Devastates Eastern North Carolina: Update from CEFS’ Field Research and Outreach Facility at Cherry Farm in Goldsboro
Water continues to be at record high levels and access to the livestock units (swine, dairy, and beef) is limited. We do have power and water pressure at those units which is a blessing. Currently, we are ferrying people in to milk and feed by boat. Milk is being dumped. Calving season has started (5 hit the ground today), with an expected 75-80 over the next two weeks. Water is now in the shop, service building, and possibly the office.
Partnerships to Elevate Local Food Policy: Community Food Strategies, Plate of the Union and Local Food Councils
Community Food Strategies is embarking on a new collaborative partnership this fall with Plate of the Union, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and local food councils in Alamance, Durham, and Mecklenberg Counties to bring greater awareness of food and farm issues at local, regional, and national levels.
Over two days in July 2016, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and Southern SARE hosted the first-ever Southern Cover Crop Conference. Researchers, farmers, extension agents, and natural resource personnel from across the Southern region gathered to learn about and discuss cover crops at CEFS’ Field Research and Outreach Facility at Cherry Farm in Goldsboro and the University of Mount Olive (UMO).
Local Government, Local Food: Engaging Counties, Cities and Towns in the Work of Building Local Food Systems
Local governments – especially planners, economic developers, and small business centers – are increasingly interested in how to nurture and expand agriculture and food access in their communities. Connecting them to the wealth of knowledge available from the CEFS partnership of NC State, NC A&T State University, and the N.C. Department of Agriculture brings together powerful tools for making a real impact on the lives of North Carolinians.