Partner Profile: Piedmont Culinary Guild

March 2017 -- NC Growing Together's newest partner is the Charlotte-based Piedmont Culinary Guild (PCG).  The PCG is working to connect the food chain in the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina by providing a gathering place and hub for innovative chefs, farmers, food artisans, culinary educators, and other professionals committed to building a [...]

March 30th, 2017|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

North Carolina’s Community Colleges Fill Important Need: Business Training for Farmers

Tiffany Henry with Appalachian Business of Farming students. February 2017 -- North Carolina's community colleges are stepping in to fill a critical need in rural communities across the state: training farmers on the business of farming.  Tiffany Henry, Director of the Small Business Center at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, says, "when we connect [...]

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , , |

NCGT Supports Planning Focus on Agriculture & Food Systems in Partnership with the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association

NCGT presented at the February APA-NC meeting in Saxapahaw, NC. February 2017 --  NC Growing Together's Local Food Economies initiative is providing resources and tools to professional associations around the state for supporting agricultural economic development and food entrepreneurship. In July 2016, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) invited [...]

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , |

NCGT Supports Local Foods at Camp Lejeune and Surrounding Community

Participants of the Season Extension workshop held February 8th at the Onslow County Incubator Farm. February 2017 -- Last April, NC Growing Together reported on Farm-to-Base and Base-to-Farm Efforts at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. NCGT matched funds with Onslow County Cooperative Extension and the Onslow County Farmers Market Association to hire a [...]

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , , |

Upcoming Workshops: Season Extension with High Tunnels & Good Agricultural Practices

Season Extension with High Tunnels   March 27, 2017 | Concord, NC  | Info March 28, 2017 |  Greensboro, NC | Info   For more information on these season extension workshops, please visit the CEFS website.   Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) (co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association) March 10, 2017 | Charlotte, NC | Info March 16, 2017 | Greenville, [...]

February 24th, 2017|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , |

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

Photo courtesy of Mr. Big Seafood. January 2017 -- 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.  The shrimp - the result of a local supply chain collaboration between Weaver [...]

January 26th, 2017|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , , , , |

NC Growing Together Supports Pastured Meat Business Development in North Carolina

January 2017 -- NC Growing Together partners with NC Choices to build pastured meat supply chains in North Carolina. The two CEFS initiatives conducted the 2013 and 2016 NC Niche Meat Producer Surveys to gather information to describe and measure the value of this growing industry; created user-friendly infographics that break down the total and per-pound cost of producing pastured poultry and pork; and are providing business and marketing assistance and workshops for livestock producers and meat retailers.

January 25th, 2017|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , , , , |