Innovations in Economic Development through Local Foods 2018


December 3, 2018 | Morehead City, NC | 2-5 pm 
Morehead City Municipal Building, 202 South 8th Street, Morehead City, NC 28557

December 7, 2018 | Manteo, NC | 9 am-12 pm 
Dare County Cooperative Extension building, 517 Budleigh Street, Manteo, NC

Registration Cost: FREE (includes a local food reception!)

Attendee Information: Entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and local government allies around North Carolina are discovering innovative ways to encourage business growth and community development by supporting, strengthening and expanding local food systems.

Kristy Rogers Craig (Morehead City event),, 252.222.6123
Ginger O’Neal (Manteo event),, 252. 335.0821
Laura Lauffer (NC Growing Together),, 919.444.1478

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Welcome — Laura Lauffer, NC Growing Together

Expanding Shellfish Mariculture — Jane Harrison, NC Sea Grant
Shellfish aquaculture production — primarily oyster and clam farming — continues to grow. A state shellfish initiative was announced in August with the intent to increase production to similar levels as Virginia, which has experienced rapid growth in the last decade. How will North Carolina get there?

Industry Perspectives — David Cessna, Sandbar Oyster Co. (Dec 3) and Joey Daniels, Wanchese Fish Co. (Dec 7)
Shellfish farmers are experimenting with new production methods and innovative techniques. Learn about the barriers and solutions to industry growth from a producer’s perspective.

Mariculture Tourism — Sherri Smith, VA Oyster Trail
The Virginia Oyster Trail is a visitor-directed journey of discovery program that allows tourists to experience all facets of the oyster. The Trail increases awareness of benefits that oysters have on local economies. Find out how the Trail was developed and supports the mariculture industry.

Q&A for the three speakers

Facilitated Discussion
What is your role in the mariculture industry? How does your organization benefit and support the industry?

Networking Reception featuring local foods

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Innovations in Economic Development through Local Foods 2017