Local Food Economies
NC Growing Together’s Local Food Economies (LFE) initiative promotes and supports local government connections to help grow the local food economy in North Carolina.
In order to build a supportive business climate in which small and mid-size farmers, producers, and processors can thrive, the Local Food Economies initiative provides resources, tools, and information to non-agricultural agencies across the state that are working to build economically viable local food systems. LFE supports the work of local government and economic development agencies as they seek to expand the capacity and potential of businesses within the local food value chain.
LFE is compiling a practical set of hands-on resources for local government and other officials involved in economic and business development. These resources include county-level agricultural economy infographics; case studies; webinars and training opportunities; and a revised guide for planners and economic developers interested in integrating food system development with their current work. Please find these resources on the Local Food Economies page of CEFS’ website.
Looking for the NC Local Food Supply Chain Infrastructure Map? Visit our friends at Piedmont Triad Regional Council, who are now hosting and updating a wonderful GIS version!
NCGT is working with some of the leading governmental and development-focused agencies in North Carolina to develop food & farm businesses, including:
- The U.S. Economic Development Administration
- The North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments
- The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association
- The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- The North Carolina Rural Center
- Carolina Small Business Development Fund
- Self-Help Credit Union