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.
Meat Quality Project
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.
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.
- Economic Development for Extension Agents at Annual Extension Conference Emily Edmonds
- Presentation to the Triangle J Council of Government Board of Delegates Meeting Emily Edmonds
- Keynote Presentation to SBC-SBTDC Annual Conference Emily Edmonds
- Presentation to N.C. Association of Regional Councils of Government Emily Edmonds
- NC Statewide Niche Meat Survey Results by County (2016) JJ Richardson
- How to Sell Pastured Meat Products to Grocery Stores via Direct Store Delivery (2016) JJ Richardson
- ELGL (Emerging Local Government Leaders) Food Economies Webinar Emily Edmonds
- Presentation: Visioning for Healthy Eating (Dan River Health Summit) Emily Edmonds
- Webinar: North Carolina Councils of Government and Local Food Economies Emily Edmonds
- Tips for Produce Growers Marketing Fresh Produce to Retail Grocers: Understanding PLU and UPC Codes (Extension Publication LF-002) Shane McCoy
- Wholesale and Retail Product Specifications: Guidance and Best Practices for Fresh Produce for Small Farms and Food Hubs Shane McCoy
- Best Practices for Grading and Packing of Fresh Produce (2015) Shane McCoy
- Process Walkthrough at a Regional Meat Distribution Center (2014) Shane McCoy
- Best practices and metrics for dairy farms transitioning from conventional dairy operations to on-farm value-added production (2015) Shane McCoy
- Special Claims and the Approval Process for Niche Meat Production (2014) Shane McCoy
- Authenticity and Success in Marketing “Local” — Review and Recommendations (2013) Shane McCoy
- Keep It Moving: North Carolina Seafood Transportation Logistics with a Focus on East to West Routes (2014) Shane McCoy
- North Carolina Farmstead Creamery Survey Report (2015) Shane McCoy
- Estimated Rows and Acres of Production Per Case and Pallet at Wholesale, Select Crops Shane McCoy
- Understanding Packaging and Specifications for Wholesale Markets Shane McCoy
- How to Sell Shell Eggs into Grocery Stores through Direct Store Delivery (Extension Publication LF-006) Shane McCoy
- Selling Fluid Milk to Grocery Stores through Direct Store Delivery (Extension Publication LF-009) Shane McCoy
- Process Walkthrough at a Regional Produce Distribution Center (2014) Shane McCoy
- Process Walkthrough: Direct-Store Delivery (DSD) to Retail Grocery Destinations for Niche Meat Producers (2014) Shane McCoy
- Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Manual (2015) Shane McCoy
NC Growing Together News
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
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.