Case Studies of Food & Farm Economic Development in North Carolina

These case studies demonstrate the growth of the local food economy across North Carolina and provide innovative, successful examples of how local governments and small business developers have incorporated local food economies into their economic and community development strategies.

Each case study provides contact information for the county, town, or business, along with the project’s history, lessons learned, and results. Some studies focus on planning and land use regulation examples, while others provide innovative ways to encourage food entrepreneurship, expand into wholesale markets, or provide community development opportunities.