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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
NC Growing Together’s 2017 Local Food Supply Chain Apprenticeship wrapped up in July. Visit this page to view the apprentices’ presentations, and read about their work in Students in the Local Food Value Chain: Experiences from the 2017 NC Growing Together Summer Internship (.pdf).
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.
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: Assisting Food Businesses in a Farm-to-Table World Emily Edmonds
- Archived Webinar: Hosting Food & Farm Training Programs at Community Colleges Emily Edmonds
- Introduction to Wholesale Marketing Curriculum Unit Emily Edmonds
- 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