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Networking Events Planning Guides
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 2016 apprentices, along with their mentoring business or organization, are listed below.
Sarah Miller is from Gates, NC and is a Marketing major at Campbell University. She worked with Cumberland County Cooperative Extension.Rose Mayo is from Knoxville, Tennessee and is a Finance and Public Policy major at the College of William & Mary. She worked with TRACTOR Food and Farms. Natalie Markowitz is from La Canada, California and is studying Economics and Literature at Duke University. She worked with Richmond County Cooperative Extension. Sandy Ramsey is from Greensboro, North Carolina and is a Plant and Soil Science – Agroecology major at North Carolina State University. She worked with Lowes Foods. Sebastian Irby is from Wilmington, North Carolina and is a Sustainability Studies major/Biology minor at Wake Forest University. She worked with Feast Down East. Sarah Massey is from Knightdale, NC and is a Food and Nutrition major at Meredith College. She worked with FreshPoint. Laura Mindlin is from New York City, New York, and is an Environmental Studies and Spanish/Latin American Studies major at Skidmore College. She worked with Eastern Carolina Organics (ECO). Gigi Lytton is from Charlotte, North Carolina and has just graduated with a degree in Global Studies and Medical Anthropology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She worked with NC Catch. Michelle McCallum is from Raleigh, North Carolina and is majoring in Animal Science (Industry Concentration) and Agricultural Business Management at North Carolina State University. She worked with agricultural economist Kathryn Boys at North Carolina State University. Enoch Sarku is from Ghana, West Africa and is studying Agribusiness and Food Industry Management at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He worked with the Local Farms and Food Coordinator Laura Lauffer at the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T. Taylor Rose Haslo is from Chinquapin, North Carolina and is majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology with a minor in Sociology at the University of Mount Olive. She worked with Onslow County Cooperative Extension. Claire McLendon is from Weaverville and Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health, Department of Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She worked with Farmer FoodShare and Working Landscapes.
Apply now for the 2017 Local Food Supply Chain Apprenticeship! Information is here.
Learn more 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: 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
- Planning for Food Systems: Presentation to the NC APA Chapter Emily Edmonds
- Guide to Social & Online Media for Producers in Wholesale Markets Emily Edmonds