For Educators, Advocates & Students
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
NC Growing Together’s 2017 Local Food Supply Chain Apprenticeship wrapped up in July. We’ll be linking to apprentices’ presentations from this page soon!
Apprentices spent 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.
is from Asheville, North Carolina and is an English/professional writing major at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She worked with Feast Down East.
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 worked with Working Landscapes
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 worked with Foster-Caviness.
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 worked with the Piedmont Food and Ag Processing Center
is from Baltimore, Maryland and is an Environmental Studies major at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. She worked with TRACTOR Food and Farms
is from Parkton, North Carolina and is majoring in Poultry Science at NC State University. He worked with Foster-Caviness.
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 worked with Seal the Seasons.
is from Jacksonville, North Carolina. He is studying Economics and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He worked with Onslow County 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 worked 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 worked with Transplanting Traditions Community Farm.
is from Burnsville, NC and is an Environmental Science major/Art minor at Brevard College. She worked 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 worked with FreshPoint
is from Morehead City, North Carolina, and is an Environmental Science (Quantitative Energy Systems) major at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She worked with NC Catch
is from Clemmons, North Carolina and is a student at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She worked with Lowes Foods
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.
This powerpoint summarizes the class and was presented at the 2014 meeting of the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference.
Visit the NCGT website’s Research page to read the student teams’ presentations and reports.
Webinars, Tools and Resources
Browse webinars, tools, and resources below or on our Resources for Educators, Advocates and Students page. More student resources can also be found at go.ncsu.edu/localfoodlectures.
Archived Webinar: Hosting Food & Farm Training Programs at Community Colleges
Introduction to Wholesale Marketing Curriculum Unit
Archived Webinar: Heirs Property and Succession Planning
Archived Webinar: SBCs & Kitchen Incubators in North Carolina
Archived Webinar: Start or Grow a Food Business in North Carolina
Food & Farm Financing Summit: SBC Annual Conference, March 2017
NC 10 Percent & NCGT: Grower-Buyer Connections Event Planning Guide