NCGT Building Connections with Small Business Centers to Support Growth of Local Food Economy in North Carolina

NC Growing Together is catalyzing ties between food and farm businesses, educators, Cooperative Extension staff, and Small Business Centers (SBC) across the state to build business support and education for a thriving local food economy.

2018-09-14T21:15:16-04:00July 25th, 2018|NCGT News|

Events for Local Government Officials Highlight Economic Development Potential of Local Food and Farm Businesses

In September, Local Food Economies and the NC 10% Campaign organized three Innovations in Economic Development through Local Foods gatherings to showcase investments that local and regional governments can make to support small and mid-scale food and farming businesses.

Events for Local Government Officials Highlight Economic Development Potential of Local Food and Farm Businesses

In September, NCGT's Local Food Economies project and the NC 10% Campaign organized three Innovations in Economic Development through Local Foods gatherings to showcase investments that local and regional governments can make to support small and mid-scale food and farming businesses. 

2018-09-15T08:38:35-04:00October 24th, 2017|NCGT News|

New Agricultural Infographics Provide Powerful Tool for Counties and Communities to Examine Their Own Local Food Economies

August/September 2016 -- The USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program funds valuable projects across the U.S.  One of the outputs of a recent CEFS-led SARE grant is a set of NC Agricultural Infographics. The infographics - one per county plus one for each of the state's 16 Councils of Government - provide a visual interpretation [...]

2018-09-15T10:05:49-04:00September 16th, 2016|NCGT News|

A Government Guide on Building Local Food Economies

August/September 2016 -- NCGT's Local Food Economies initiative has released a new Government Guide on Building Local Food Economies. The guide's online format makes it easy for planners, economic developers, and local government administrators to quickly and easily access information they need, for example regulations that impact agriculture at the local level. The guide is a [...]

2018-09-15T10:05:59-04:00September 16th, 2016|NCGT News|

Statewide Success Stories Illustrate “What’s Working” in Local Food Economic Development

August/September 2016 -- From the Appalachian Farm School in Western North Carolina to non-profit Working Landscapes in Warren County, cities, towns, and rural areas are finding innovative ways to support economic and business development through local foods.  A series of case studies compiled by NC Growing Together highlights the range of unique, place- and [...]

2018-09-15T10:05:14-04:00September 16th, 2016|NCGT News|

NCGT Launches Local Food Economies Initiative

August/September 2016 -- NC Growing Together has launched a new effort to engage local governments in the work of building local food systems.  The goal of the Local Food Economies (LFE) initiative is to support the work of local government and economic development agencies as they seek to expand the capacity and potential of [...]

2018-09-15T10:04:55-04:00September 16th, 2016|NCGT News|

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.