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NC Growing Together

North Carolina Growing Together (NCGT) is a five year USDA-funded project that aims to bring more locally-produced foods into mainstream markets, strengthening the economics of small to mid-sized farm and fishing operations and their communities.

NC Growing Together integrates Research, Academics, and Extension –bringing more North Carolina produce, meat, dairy, and seafood into retail and food service supply chains by:

  • Researching and identifying best practices for cooperative production and aggregation of products from small and mid-sized producers to larger-scale distribution partners.
  • Providing support and technical assistance to small and mid-sized producers to enable them to meet buyer requirements, including Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) certification of their farms.
  • Providing training and capacity-building in local food system issues for Extension agents who work in the field.
  • Convening “Meet the Buyer” speed-networking opportunities to connect producers who are interested in selling into larger markets with retail and other buyers who are interested in purchasing from local producers.
  • Creating learning opportunities for students through local foods MBA supply chain fellowships and courses at NC State’s Poole College of Management Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.
  • Sponsoring paid student apprenticeships at NCGT partner organizations, food hubs, food distributors, and retailers to support the next generation of business leaders committed to building local food systems.
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Partners

NC Growing Together is highly collaborative and includes dozens of partners from across the state, spanning private, public, government/military, and university sectors. All of the partners have a stake in developing North Carolina’s local food economy. Please visit the NC Growing Together website’s Partners page for more information.

Resources

NC Growing Together offers a large collection of resource documents and multimedia to support the farmers, extension agents, meat processors, buyers, distributors and consumers of North Carolina. See our full library of NC Growing Together resources here.

NC Growing Together News

Supply Chain Collaboration Brings NC-Branded Shrimp Home for the Holidays

February 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Supply Chain Collaboration Brings NC-Branded Shrimp Home for the Holidays

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.

Local Government, Local Food: Engaging Counties, Cities and Towns in the Work of Building Local Food Systems

July 28th, 2016|Comments Off on 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.

This project is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grant no. 2013-68004-20363 of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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