EMFS Blog

EMFS announces first grant and loan packages!

December 12th, 2019|

Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIFund) and EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems (EMFS) are teaming up to provide affordable financing and support to small– and mid-scale and limited resource farmers and food businesses to obtain the infrastructure they need to expand and [...]

Food & Farm Apprenticeships Now Open for 2020!

December 6th, 2019|

Paid student apprenticeships with area food and farm businesses are now open for applications from WNC students. The apprenticeship program is part of the EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Project in the seven western counties of North Carolina, including the Qualla [...]

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EMFS on WLOS for Haywood County Ag Summit

December 5th, 2019|

Watch Lisa Gonzalez, EMFS Regional Local Foods Agent for the EBCI Cooperative Extension Center, talk about the Haywood County Ag Summit and the importance of agricultural businesses in the regional economy! Watch on WLOS HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Agribusiness [...]

EMFS Supports Farm to School Week!

October 31st, 2019|

EmPOWERIng Mountain Food Systems and EBCI NC Cooperative Extension hosted Tes Thraves, the NC Farm to School Program Coordinator, to discuss local food purchasing for K-12 schools in the region. EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems seeks to increase farmer income through [...]