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Networking Events Planning Guides
Mini food shows are community-led events designed to showcase local farms and food producers to a variety of audiences, including buyers like restaurants and specialty shops, food distributors, and residents. This guide outlines the planning, preparation, and marketing tasks for hosting your own event.
Produced by NC Growing Together, the NC 10% Campaign, and NC Cooperative Extension
Grower-Buyer Connections events are designed to connect individual growers to individual buyers in a respectful and efficient setting that can lead to a sales relationship. Each grower meets face-to-face for 8-10 minutes with each buyer, with buyers moving from table to table. Growers at each table have the opportunity to share product lists, photos of their farm, and samples with buyers; and buyers have the opportunity to share their requirements for volume, insurance, delivery terms, and their specific product needs. This planning guide includes everything necessary to plan a Grower-Buyer Connections Event in your community.
Local Food Supply Chain Apprenticeship
Apprentices spend eight weeks working with local food hubs, businesses and organizations to gain hands-on training in local food systems and value chains work. The 2017 apprentices, along with their mentoring business or organization, are listed below.
Casey Auch is from Asheville, North Carolina and is an English/professional writing major at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She is working with Feast Down East.
Katelyn Bailey is from Trinity, North Carolina and is majoring in Plant and Soil Science at NC State University. She is working with the Small Business Technology Development Center.
Alex Borst is from Madison, Mississippi and just graduated from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, with a degree in International Studies with minors in German and Environmental Studies. He is working with Working Landscapes.
Rhyne Cureton is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is majoring in Agricultural Education with a concentration in Extension and Professional Services at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He is working with Foster-Caviness.
Kate Ford is from Durham, NC and is a Public Policy and Environmental Science major at the University of Virginia. She is working with the Polk County Agricultural Economic Development Office.
Taylor Hayes is from Holly Springs, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a degree in Southern Studies (food studies) and Information Science. She is working with the Piedmont Food and Ag Processing Center.
Shannon Herlihy is from Baltimore, Maryland and is an Environmental Studies major at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. She is working with TRACTOR Food and Farms.
Ben Herndon is from Parkton, North Carolina and is majoring in Poultry Science at NC State University. He is working with Foster-Caviness.
Ali Huber is from Durham, NC and just graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a degree in Public Policy and Environmental Studies with a concentration in Energy and Sustainability. She will be working with Seal the Seasons.
Chase McCurry is from Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is studying Economics and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is working with N.C. Cooperative Extension.
Chanel A. Nestor is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S. in Agricultural Education with a concentration in Rural Community Development. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Sociology at Appalachian State University. She is working with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council.
Khin Hnit Oo (April) is from Kauai, Hawaii. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Global Health Policy and Food Studies. She is working with Transplanting Traditions Community Farm.
Molly Riddle is from Burnsville, NC and is an Environmental Science major/Art minor at Brevard College. She is working with TRACTOR Food and Farms.
Maria Elisa Vollmer is from Maracay, Venezuela, and just graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Environmental Policy and Planning. She is working with FreshPoint.
Kristen Wagner is from Morehead City, North Carolina, and is an Environmental Science (Quantitative Energy Systems) major at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is working with NC Catch.
Erin Welty is from Clemmons, North Carolina and is a student at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is working with Lowes Foods.
Learn about the 2016 apprentices’ work here, and learn about our 2015 apprentices here.
Local Foods and the Supply Chain Course
In a unique collaboration, NCGT and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at NC State’s Poole School of Management co-designed a course to introduce MBA candidates to the unique place of local foods in the supply chain. In Spring 2014, the class of 18 students visited with 20 speakers from across the supply chain and worked in teams to investigate supply chain challenges faced by NCGT partners.
Visit the NCGT website’s Research page to read the student teams’ presentations and reports.
Webinars, Tools and Resources
- Archived Webinar: Heirs Property and Succession Planning Emily Edmonds
- Archived Webinar: SBCs & Kitchen Incubators in North Carolina Emily Edmonds
- Archived Webinar: Start or Grow a Food Business in North Carolina Emily Edmonds
- Hosting Local Food Events with Grocery Stores & Retailers (2017) NC Growing Together
- Food & Farm Financing Summit: SBC Annual Conference, March 2017 Emily Edmonds
- NC 10 Percent & NCGT: Grower-Buyer Connections Event Planning Guide Shane McCoy
- NC Statewide Niche Meat Survey Results by County (2016) Emily Edmonds
- Visioning for Healthy Eating: Presentation to Dan River Health Collaborative Emily Edmonds