UFOODS (University Food Systems) is a two-year project designed to develop new market opportunities for farmers by building collaborative supply chains links from farms to university campuses in North Carolina. The project is focusing its work with collaborators at the following six target universities. These six universities are hosting a Local Food Ambassador Program coordinated by the NC 10% Campaign and NC Cooperative Extension.
- Elizabeth City State University
- Fayetteville State University
- North Carolina A & T State University
- North Carolina Central University
- University of North Carolina Pembroke
- Winston-Salem State University
Researchers at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will investigate:
- The ways in which food reaches each of the six campus communities
- Entry points for bringing local foods to campus
- Location and market readiness of farmers in the counties “local to each university”
Based on these research and extension/outreach activities, project staff will create tools that can be adapted for use by others in building farmer-to-campus-community food systems.
UNC-P more than doubled their year-over-year percentage of local produce (defined as sourced within 250 miles) purchased through FreshPoint, from 3.35% to 8.9%.
Center for Environmental Farming Systems Linking Universities and Farms with New Grant from USDA’s Small and Medium-sized Farm Program
May 31, 2016: For Immediate Release Media Contact: Rebecca Dunning, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Environmental Farming Systems – firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-389-2220. Raleigh, NC: The Center for Environmental Farming Systems, a partnership of North Carolina [...]