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Asheville meeting

November 12,
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
N.C. Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way

100 in attendance

(NOTES minimally condensed; repeated)

General note–significant recurrence of same ideas between groups, i.e. like minds

EXPANDED MARKETS

Selling

  • Food stamps at farmers’ markets (should be run by N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and implemented statewide)
  • CSAs with sliding scale and various payment schedules
  • CSA deliver/pick-up at workplaces
  • Mobile farmers’ markets at workplaces and corporate-sponsored markets

Growing

  • Community gardens through ag extension
  • Design competitions for urban gardeners

Purchasing Policies

  • Funding mandate for statewide purchasing of local, organic produce in schools
  • Government entities must purchase local food
  • Legalize small farmer to consumer dairy purchase
  • Legalize raw milk
  • Develop safety standards for cottage industry as distinct from large scale

Outreach

  • Media campaign

 

STRONG INFRASTRUCTURE

Mechanics and Facilities

  • **Local processing facilities and certified community kitchens
  • Farmer-owned distribution companies
  • Cruelty-free regional slaughter facilities
  • Networked refrigerated transport and cooler space

Collective Action

  • ECO-like (farmer-owned LLCs) distributors across the state
  • Gleaning programs
  • Foodshed distribution (beyond state lines)

Technology

  • Labeling of local and sustainable growing and processing practices, meaningful and visible
  • Easy-to-use directory of services on Web

 

FARMS & FARMERS

Education and Training

  • More extension agents trained & supportive of organics, market gardening, & community gardening
  • Free permaculture-type workshops for community and farmers (biointensive, low tech, low resource, etc)
  • Funding mandate that sus ag taught in high schools
  • Bioregional training for farmers / foodshed education
  • Honor cultural farming tradition/innovations of young farmers as two way

Programs

  • Support programs for infrastructure start-up costs for new farmers
  • Programs to encourage farmer cooperation rather than competition
  • 4-H into schools
  • Incubator farms in each region
  • Reinvigorate and make useful existing lank-link programs
  • Organic Grower School off season courses
  • GAP type education/certification support
  • Micro loan programs
  • 2+2 program to allow long distance education

Policies

  • Subsidize small organic farms
  • Change USDA monoculture subsidies
  • Farmland preservation
  • Vacant land use policies for rural and urban ag

STRONG & DIVERSE PARTNERSHIPS (most noted in other categories already)

Programs

  • Engaging kids in food early on – get food system knowledge back into cultural literacy
  • Gardens in all schools
  • Education to funders about what local food system looks like
  • Educate general assembly
  • Lobbying effort
  • Networked urban ag, food banks, schools, etc
  • Urban rural connect
  • Ag tourism
  • Farmer chef connection programs
  • Survey of best practices in other states

 

TACTICS AND NEEDS FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN

  • **Define what is local
  • Careful strategizing about where to start
  • Uses CEFS efforts to do regional inventory of resources
  • Reduce duplication
  • Get away from grant funding
  • True cost of good food
  • Massive public campaign
  • Create network, coalition
  • Identify food systems projects on web
  • Regional steering groups
  • Holistic thinking
  • Clear goals

 

Existing Projects/Assets/Efforts

Strong Infrastructure

Localize products “App grown in markets”
Established distributors and infrastructure 

Leading green distributors
Mountain Foods 

Support new ventures
Blue Ridge Ventures
A.S.A.P.
Creative Food Ventures
Organic Growers School
Asheville UB economic development

French Store Food Coop
Haywood Rd Coop
Hendersonville Coop
Black Mt Farmer’s Market
Trent Lily
Green Life
Earth Fair
Poppies
Store in Madison County

Fipple Industry
Increased infrastructure and growers
Carolina Organic Growers (COG)
Flavor First
Apple Weddle
Henderson
Increased parking house
Mountain Food Products

Packing Houses
Processing
Established Distributors
Increased Carolina produce

Farm Credit
Financing for farms and growers

Back Hauling
Ingles or other chains
Leading Green Distributor
Farmer’s marketing groups
COG
Foothills Family
New River Organics
ECO

Food Safety/GIAP
Value added grants
Info, facilities

ACT—Agribusiness Certification Program—trains Coop Ext agents to help farmers access business service products
Partnership w/SBTDC

Blue Ridge Food Ventures
Asheville

Small animal processing plant, Marion

Mobile poultry processing initiative
Old Fort

Expanded Market Access—access all population
Bountiful Cities-edible pork-produce seems to be produced at yr
Could use a few volunteer days to keep it weeded and mulched
Has apples, quashi, mint, paw paw, kiwi
People come and harvest, free, available
Need more

ECO in the Triangle

CPSA—Organic Grain Project—Mill

FV food processing, Madison Family Farms
Contact David Kendall@ncsu.edu
New business: Ag options grant program, SARE grants, and Cooperative Extension business planning

NCvalueadded.org
Agricultural Enterprise Development
Value-added cost share program=cost shares additions of value-added enterprises to farms

EXTENSION

QuickBooks for Farmers
ASAP
Business/Marketing Planning

Farm Credit/FSA

MTN
Bizworks

Community College
Business Planning

Leading Green/Sunny Creek

Community Gardens – Asheville
Self governed-need more and need to motivate people
Callie’s is about to be sold
This infrastructure will be lost

ASAP

 UNCA Dining Services
Trying to buy local

Need for storage of seasonal products to be available after seasons

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Study of Restaurants and Business to use of local foods

Mountain Research Stn.

Nylog ice machines
Help with post-harvest handling

Blue Ridge Food Ventures, Asheville
Farmers use this processing facility for their value added products

Organic Grower’s School

Know your farms
Know your food

Cooperative Extension Service

NROGT
New River Organic Growers Coop

Research in Organic Farm Systems

Community College Training Programs

ASAP will be working to connect farms with hospitals in 2009

WNC Farmer’s Market
Mt Hort Center
Mt. Food Products
Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Extension SARE
ASAP
WW College
UNCA
Community Colleges

Yancey County Tailgate – all other tailgates in W.N.C.

Buncombe County Farm Conservation Group
W. Hamilton, et al
(Emergency – not strong yet)

New cold storage facility at an apple packing company
Will expand the marketing season

Warren Wilson College:

  1. Sustainable Ag. Program
  2. Environmental ed. Program (trains Community Organizers)
  3. Env. Leadership Center host sustainability conferences

Buy Haywood

Farm Credit

NROG

In Boone, Extension offer Organic Gardening 101 for home gardeners
Urban community garden in Boone
New River Organic Growers hired a marketer and bought a truck and ice machines
Marketing directly to restaurants

More farms and farmers

BRFV

Foothill Family Farms

Value Added Facility, Ashe co.

Carolina Produce

Leading Green Distributor

Madison County Farms

Carolina Organic Gardens

Mountain Foods

Small meat processors, Greenville, TN
Wilkes County not Charlotte

NC Cooperative Extension

Local produce stands and grocery stores
Stores that will sell local produce

Mountain Food Products
Buying from local farmers, selling to local businesses

NCDA
Supporting the development of biofuels for farmers and fleet use

Provide financial consulting services to farmers

Cooperative Extension
Industrial consultation and education with local farmers
Mitchell County CES

Begin agriculture classes with community colleges
Isotheral CC

Open traditional business support to agriculture which traditionally serviced by state/federal agencies
Entrepreneur committee

WIC Programs at Farmer’s Market

More Farms
NCDA
Stated funded 8mm to purchase Farm Easement
Individual farmers who deed development rights

County land use
Tax value for ag. Value

Strong and Diverse
Brevard of N.C.
Soup Kitchen
Seeking food donations

A.S.A.P.
Lead Agency
M.S. Region for National Farm to School Initiative

High Country Farm
Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program – Watauga, Fishe & Wilkes Co.
New WIC Food Pks will allow cash
Mountain Keepers – Bringing local initiatives together

Buncombe WIC provides food from Manna Food Bank

School growing areas

Project Emma
Council on Aging & A.S.A. P.

Farm to Hospital
A.S.A.P.

SESAMM Program (Schools)
School Gardens/Nutrition Ed.
Vance
Isaac Dickson, BLK Mtn

WNC Community Action

Regional Celebrations of individual types of produce (blueberries)
Combining of foods of tailgate markets, stoves for local foods, restaurants
Harvey Hamil  828-669-4003

OGS
INC Fair
SEWHC
Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference
Redmoon Herbs Website

Gleanings From Our Gardens
Produce sales at churches

Farm to College (Haywood Comm.college
WWC (Warren Wilson College)
Mars Hill
UNCA

COPP Grant
Childhood Obesity Grant
Partnership for Health

Polk County High School
Farm/Ag Ed Program

Community Gardens
Shiloh
Black Market
Montford Rec Center
Edible Parts
School Gardens: Vance Elem
Black Mt. Primary, Isaac Dikson
Hall Fletcher
Smart Start
Outdoor Learning Environments

Yancey County Health Department
Jana Barthson, Health Promotion
Student Health Centers, Yancey Co.
Women’s Sustainability Study Group for Yancey Co. Initiatives – Pauline Ezell, 202 Medical Campus Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714

Healthy Buncombe Eat Smart
Move More Children
Terri March, Staff Support 250-5047, TerriMarch@buncombecounty.org
Strategies: 1) BCTV Show “Eating Smart in Bunc. Co. 2. CSA’s at worksites. 3. School Health Advisory Council, 4. Newsletters on line

Social Justice
City Market in Asheville now taking food stamps

Social Justice
Pisgah Com. Garden Ashville
Poor can pick and pay what they can

Education
MLA Course: A Sustainable Culture taught y G. Voos

Faith Com.
F.C.U.C.C.
Team Earth (addresses earth just issues,  Jeanie Martin (jeanie@main.nc.us)

Youth
Growing Minds Program (ASAP)

  • School gardens
  • Farm visits
  • Chef program
  • Childhood obesity

Come to the Table (faith community)

Beekeeping Association
Buncombe Henderson Transyl, etc.

Partnerships
ASAP
Slowfood
Madison Family Farms
Cooperative Extension

Locavore Ceraups
 Like Clemson Locavores

Quakers
Earthcare
Outreach with conference and web site

Schoolyard
Fish and wildlife

Inclusion in Small Woodland
Land Management of sustainable agricultural practices

NC Council of Churches
Society of St. Andrews
Gleaners taking what is not marketable to give to the poor

City of Ashville
Leased 11 acres to certified organic farmer
Contact: Nikki Gunter (ngunter@ashevillenc.gov) 259-5729

Senior projects connected to agriculture focus
Supported
www.foothillsfresh.com

City of Ashville:
Farmer’s Market on city-owned land
City Market
Contact: Nikki Gunter, 259-5729
ngunter@ashvillenc.gov

Food stamps can be used for local produce

Bringing local food to other areas without transportation
Downtown mobile and NYC

I looked at the folks who were here.  It looks like we are making decisions with “people” who might be important not at these tables!  How do we “outreach” to more people of color, etc.

Bountiful Cities – Ashville, NC
Working with schools
Also has big garden site – food production
Schools, gardens, ovens, sheds, etc;

Youth – offer local food for local kids week long camp for kids in Boone
Farmer’s Market applying for program to allow food stamps at Farmer’s Market

Farm to School – School Gardens
WIC, Farmer’s Market Vouchers
Gardens in low income communities

Appalachian Sustainable Development

T.A.D.S. Recycling
Tim McCoyle 828-550-4593

Organic Growers School Spring Conference

CEFA
SAWG
NCDA
Farm Bu.
Ag. Ext.

Maverick Farms
Multi-Farm
CSA

Land Link Programs between land owners and growers

Farm to School Efforts
Partnership
A.S.A.P. (Growing Minds)
Extension, Child Nutrition

Appalachian Mountain Resource
Use of rock dust "fines: of quarries in certain places where igneous rock has a diversity of minerals (metals) that have superior fertilizing qualities plus far healthier food (nutrition).  This resource is now tossed away as land fill, excavation fills, etc; can double the soil’s productivity.  NC State has research on it underway. (a_eustin@bellsouth.net)

RAFS-Faith Communities
 
“Come to the Table”
Connection between farms and people who need fresh food-faith based effort

Foothills Connect—BTC
There is grant from Golden Leaf we are teaching high school students sustainable agriculture by clearing and fertilizing land with goats/pigs and chickens with the goal of  growing food on the increasingly productive land

Foothills Connect—BTC
Teaching horticulture as science by starting elementary programs in Rutherford Co.  Goal as better nutrition for students.

Foothills Connect—BTC
Is identifying local churches (2001) to begin contact with pastors about the connection between good stewardship and sustainability.  Also to identify those left jobless by recent layoffs so they can find out about the opportunities available.

Bountiful Cities Project
Working with Schools, youth, Health Communities, Faith and social justice working with Head Start

McDowell
Polk
Rutherford Health Dept

Farmland Values Project

Mission Hospital

AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurant) Association)
Golden Leaf

Farm Bureau

WNC Communities

CFSA

CFWNC
Mountain Landscape Initiative

Bountiful Cities

Heifer

Land of Sky

Land Preservation

Co-Op Extension

Slow Food

NC Dept Agriculture

FFA
Madison County High (National Award Winners)

K-12 Schools

Health Adventure

Mountain Tailgate Assoc
County Extension

UNCS/Food Cluster
OGS
North Avenue Tailgate Market

AB Tech

Colleges & Universities
Health Wellness UNC-A

Grower Packers
Flavor Fresh

GROW MORE FARMS
American Family Trust
County Farmland Preservation

Business Planning For Farmers ASAP

South Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Increased Land Trusts

Polk County Farm Preservation

Work with “home” farms to expand marketing
“home business”

Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) process to help decide which land most productive to preserve.

ASAP
Land Conservation Trusts

Ag districts formed in several counties

Smith Mill Circle
Perm culture School

Conversion of utility easements and flood plains via overlaid conservatory easements as a way to expand farmland particularly in areas of high land values (Harvey Hamil 828-669-4003)

Farm Worker Rights

C.O.L.A. (Coalition of Latino Ashville)

Farmland Preservation Research (Leah Matthews UNCA Econ Dept.)

Yancey County has 3 community supported agriculture farms
Extension helps farmers of new research regarding new crops that can be grown in the county-helping tobacco farmers.

Yancey County Farmers, 202 Medical Campus Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714, Natasha Bowden

Support Cooperative Extension
Contact local orgs (business planning)
Farmland Preservation: local land trusts, statewide programs through NCDA; contact Andrea Brannon
OSA education programs for farmers from NC A& T, contact: David Kendall at NCSU.edu

WNC Ag Options
Grants

NC value added.org
NC fresh produce safety.org
Fresh produce safety curriculum for ext agents and growers

Conservative easements
Increased Land Trusts

CFSA’s Farm Incubators

Farmer Incubator Program
Maverick Farms in Valle Crucis

Agriculture Trust Fund through state government to buy easements and local governments spending money to buy easements.

Local governments have ordinances to encourage “conservation” based subdivisions that have the potential to save farmland while land is still developed.  Randall Arendt has a book out on this.

4-H

Sus Ag Ed, Warren Wilson

Foothills Connect, Tim Will

Farm Prosperity Project

Incentives for Agriculture Conservation Easements (Farmland Preservation)

FFA

Mary Lou Surgi-Director
Jill Frazier-Product Development
Blue Ridge Rood Ventures
Farm Outreach Project
Helping farmers produce value added products to sell year round at markets and other outlets.  Helping to keep farmland intact.

Local Land Trusts
Working to protect farmland

“Land”
Reference: new major pub (journal) on land – editor is leading writer & US exponent Charles Little (now of NM).  I can e-mail details to CEFS @ euston@bellsouth.net
Note: C. Little Founded and edited ma (1980’s+) “American Farm Land Forum” then out of Washington, DC area.

Direct Marketing
CSA
Tailgate

Land Conservancy

ASAP
Classifieds
Growing Minds

Farm
Credit
Financing

ECO (Eastern Caroling Organics)

Internet Resources (Debbie Ross)

Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Extensions Alt. program offers new crop information to existing and new farmers

Farmers Leasing Public Land (Ashville)

New River Organic Growers are actively recruiting members to grow for mid-sized markets (restaurants, etc)

Farm mentoring programs for new farms
CFSA

Dept Public Instruction
Agriculture education in high schools
Need policy to influence curriculum

More farms here than other areas
NC FTN
CFSA
ASAP
Tailgate Market Association
Organic Growers School

Continue to introduce school children and systems to local food
Maryland CC Mtn Co. Extension

Buncombe County School
Agriculture Program

Subsumable Ag Program at WWC
Garden and farm

Scenic Rionlb Advocate
Searching for agency to add more farms and farmers and small side growers to local food production

Ashivillage Institute in Ashville
Interest in developing urban farms throughout the city

WNC Ag option
www.wncagoptions.org
NC Cooperative Extension Centers
(828) 649-2411 ext. 305

Local Land Trusts
Farm Land Preservation
www.blueridgeforever.org

Farm to School Program
How does that merge with CEFS efforts?

Farm Incubator Needed

WNC Ag Options/RAFI Grants

Woman doing truck transport, goes as far as Atlanta, don’t know name but she was at CFSA, Anderson SC conference

S.C. just passed bill re: schools buying local for lunch programs.  How did they do it?  Who did it?  Can we/NC learn/borrow?

Pouncombe city Marter Gardeners have mini-grant money for school projects/growing program but need to network/collaborate-Claudia Brown
Take this model program to other Marter Gardener County Programs

Bilingual Spanish/English programming re: new Farm Programs

NCDA Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
Multi-County effort through FPTF
Individual grants

Frontline Realty in high country is expanding farmland protection

Buncombe is charging ahead in farmland preservation

Buncombe has hired Maria Wise as Farmland Preservation Coordinator and seeking money for easement acquisition

ASU Teaching Farm

Warren Wilson work program

Dept. Public Instruction
Sust. Ag in public high schools

ASAP offers a marketing conference for farmers and business planning and marketing support for new farmers

Extension Program on step-by-step movement towards creating/planning future/existing farms

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy-encourages people to preserve land for agriculture rather than development

Foothills Connect FTC-getting farmers to learn how to use the internet through the F.A.C.T program out of A & T

A.S.A.P. Marketing Opportunities for Farmers Conference
Organic Growers School

School Gardening Programs
Mitchell CES, Jeremy Delishle

C.F.S.A. (Roland McReynolds)

Local Herb Schools

ASU Sust Dev Prog

Organic Growers School

Ag Options

Winter Green

FFA

Specialty Crops Program

WW College

Buncombe County Initiative to Preserve Farmland

Poultry Processing, Smithson Mills

Growing Minds ASAP

Entrepreneur Farmers

Expand Market Access

Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Ash Citizen Times
John Boyle as writer

ASAP
Farmers Markets in Madison County, Mars Hill, Marshall
Blue Ridge Marketing Company, contact Chuck Blethen
Madison Family Farms, Contact: Aubrey Raysh
Marketing Support: Bryant & Lisa Sullivan (buy Haywood)
Cooperative Extension

www.ncvalueadded.org
Produce Lady: videos to help farmers marketing at Farmer’s Markets
Direct Marketing Curriculum

21st Century FM Program
Leaf light

Poppies Market-Brevard

Transylvania Tailgate Market – Brevard

Madison Farms
Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Boone
Leola St Garden
Hunger Coalition
Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program-Waitang, Ashe and Wilkes Counties

Direct Markets
Tailgate Market Association, Asheville
Contact ASAP

ASAP, Asheville
Marketing Conference for farmers every February

CSA – Fresh Quarter, Asheville

Warren Wilson College
Cow Pie Café
Use food from college gardens in Cow Pies Café

Burnsville Farmer’s Market is growing, getting ready to institute EBT
Yancey County School System purchases some local produce
Yancey County WIC Program has a federal (USDA) farmer’s market nutrition program

Media – Entertaining
State Funding Media Advertising
Take inventory
Youth Fair Food Movement
Web based videos
Social Networking Sites – ads

Master Gardener Program (County Extension)

Eastern Carolina Organics Distribution

Local Food Store
CSA at Black Mountain Farmers Market

New River Organic Growers

Fulfillment Center for places like Blue Ridge Food Venture

Mixing Bowl- farm to chef
ASAP

Blue Ridge Direct
Mountain Tailgate Association
WNC Farmers Markets

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Manna Food Bank
Retail Grocers
Youth Fresh Food Initiative
Farm to School

BRFV
ASAP Local Food Guide
Marketing and map opportunities for farmers
SCFA Mountain Tours

ASAP Local Food Guide and Map

I’m working on how to use the web to connect local farmers, local food stores and their customers

Connecting 1, 2 or 3 tailgate markets in a store for local foods

Bunc. Community School-Youth Fresh Food Initiative

Bare Essentials (Boone) – purchasing lettuce all winter from local greenhouse (Ben Henderson)
New River Organic Growers collaborating to offer more variety is CSAS

A-ASAP
B-ASAP
C-Farm to School (ASAP)
D-Manna – Health Department has fresh produce in past for clients

Organic Growers School (sharing knowledge)

Black Mountain Community Garden

Goodness Grows
NCDA

Farm to School

Farm to Business
Hospital/Institution
Multi-Farm CSA

EBT Cards at Tailgate

ASAP
Local Food Guide/Map Marketing Conference

Sunny Creek

Leading Green

NC State
Herb Marketing

Cattleman/Goat Associations

Self Food Production:
Deaverview Area: Large community garden in Section 8 Housing Pisgahview
(Newspaper)

Encouragement of Tailgate Markets

ASAPO

NROG Truck facilitates deliveries

Foothills Family Farms Cooperative
Marion

ASAP
Mt. Tailgate Association

EBT at Asheville City Market
ASAP

GreenLife

Local Riceville Tailgate Market
Other tailgates in W. N.C.

ASAP helps farmers markets pay for promotions and deal with logistical issues

Efforts to expand livestock processing facility in McDowell

Efforts underway for new livestock market in Buncombe

EBT
Tailgates

ASAP produces a local food garden for consumers and also a farm to chef trade directory

ASAP will be adding a farm to business view on its local food guide data (on-line) in 2009 to help connect buyers and sellers

EBT (food stamps) can be used in 4 area farmers markets starting in 2009

Wireless capability
EBT at High Country/Waitauga to Farmer’s Market

Foothills Connect – BTC
City of Rutherford has set aside an acre of land for Foothills Connect facilitators to teach gardening to urban families – start spring ‘09

Town of Black Mountain’s Community Garden
Education opportunities, partner with Warren Wilson College
Plots available to citizens
Volunteer opportunities and growth of crops for food banks/disadvantaged groups and citizens

City of Asheville Initiatives:
Farmers Market at Public Works Building – S. Charlotte St.
Leasing City owned property to local farmers/organic farming
Public/private partnerships

Slow Food Movement

Farmersfreshmarket.org
An initiative of Foothills Connect – A BTC in which through a website the Chefs of Charlotte are connected to the regional farmers in the Rutherford County area.

Expansion and funding for community garden in Boone

Food Education in schools

BRFV

Local Farmer’s Markets

Henderson County has state grant-370 m to promote healthy eating and lifestyles among children “Eat Smart, Move More”

Safety of St. Andrews Gleaning

Incubator Farm Programs (training)

WNC
Craft
(Collaborative Regional Alliance for more Training)
Getting started by the Organic Growers School

Friends of Agriculture
Introduce farmers to the many resources available regionally
CES  SWCD
County

Community garden for partnership with Outreach Ministry
Free space for 10% of crops

Sustainable Ag for Polk County
Link growers to restaurants
Recycle back to farm

Vance Elementary School
Peace Garden

Community Garden in Montford (Asheville)

Food not Bombs

WIC and Senior Vouchers accepted at Farmer’s Markets

Pisgah View Apartments Community Garden
Bob is contact

Slow Foods Asheville

Downtown Tailgate Markets
Call French Broad Food Coop at 828-255-7650

Barnardsville now has a tailgate market sponsored by local farmers

Piedmont Dairy Goat Association promoting goat milk with Artisan cheese

Flat Creek Community needs help with our agricultural designation
We don’t have zoning and need help keeping our local out of industrial hands

Master Gardens Program, NC Extension Office, Linda Blue, Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC

Bountiful Cities Project – urban agriculture non-profit in Asheville

Local Harvest, connecting consumers to farmers, restaurants that use local food, etc.
Localharvest.org

Read Dup Economy by William McKibben

I have 38 acres in North Hendersonville.  Want to use it to create a community garden and need to know how to get that done.

Urban Agrarian Sculpture Garden local backyard cooperative effort for year round food (organic) interested in inspiring others to do similar “community” efforts located at 8 Wildwood Park, Weaversville, NC, 828-645-3689, Contact: Jody Ochs
Also working toward learning to grow more and market locally.

French Broad Food Coop
Steve-General Manager 828-255-7650

Earth Fare Ingles

Ashe to Cheese Mtn Food Products

French Broad Food Coop

Small Farms Products Project
 SARE Funded
 Developing Products
 Grower/Buyer Relationships
 Assistance with transportation from rural areas to cities

NCDA
Assist in the development of direct farms to consumer sales (tailgate markets)
Marketing consultation to farmers

Bountiful Cities Project, Asheville, NC

Equestrian/Farmer Market Committee-to integrate agricultural products with local horse industry

Foothills Connect

ASAP

MTMA

General Farmers Markets

Council on Aging

ASAP

SFMNP

Manna Food Bank

Senior Gleaners

Gala Herbs

Localize products “App grown in markets”
Established distributors and infrastructure

Leading green distributors
Mountain Foods

Support new ventures
Blue Ridge Ventures
A.S.A.P.
Creative Food Ventures
Organic Growers School
Asheville UB economic development

French Store Food Coop
Haywood Rd Coop
Hendersonville Coop
Black Mt Farmer’s Market
Trent Lily
Green Life
Earth Fair
Poppies
Store in Madison County

Fipple Industry
Increased infrastructure and growers
Carolina Organic Growers (COG)
Flavor First
Apple Weddle
Henderson
Increased parking house
Mountain Food Products

Packing Houses
Processing
Established Distributors
Increased Carolina produce

Farm Credit
Financing for farms and growers

Back Hauling
Ingles or other chains
Leading Green Distributor
Farmer’s marketing groups
COG
Foothills Family
New River Organics
ECO

Food Safety/GIAP
Value added grants
Info, facilities

ACT-Agribusiness Certification Program-trains Coop Ext agents to help farmers access business service products
Partnership w/SBTDC

Blue Ridge Food Ventures
Asheville

Small animal processing plant, Marion

Mobile poultry processing initiative
Old Fort

Expanded Market Access – access all population
Bountiful Cities-edible pork-produce seems to be produced at yr
Could use a few volunteer days to keep it weeded and mulched
Has apples, quashi, mint, paw paw, kiwi
People come and harvest, free, available
Need more

ECO in the Triangle

CPSA – Organic Grain Project – Mill

FV food processing, Madison Family Farms
Contact David Kendall@ncsu.edu
New business: Ag options grant program, SARE grants, and Cooperative Extension business planning

NCvalueadded.org
Agricultural Enterprise Development
Value-added cost share program=cost shares additions of value-added enterprises to farms

Extension

QuickBooks for Farmers
ASAP
Business/Marketing Planning

Farm Credit/FSA

MTN
Bizworks

Community College
Business Planning

Leading Green/Sunny Creek

Community Gardens – Asheville
Self governed-need more and need to motivate people
Callie’s is about to be sold
This infrastructure will be lost

ASAP

UNCA Dining Services
Trying to buy local

Need for storage of seasonal products to be available after seasons

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Study of Restaurants and Business to use of local foods

Mountain Research Stn.

Nylog ice machines
Help with post-harvest handling

Blue Ridge Food Ventures, Asheville
Farmers use this processing facility for their value added products

Organic Grower’s School

Know your farms
Know your food

Cooperative Extension Service

NROGT
New River Organic Growers Coop

Research in Organic Farm Systems

Community College Training Programs

ASAP will be working to connect farms with hospitals in 2009

WNC Farmer’s Market
Mt Hort Center
Mt. Food Products
Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Extension SARE
ASAP
WW College
UNCA
Community Colleges

Yancey County Tailgate – all other tailgates in W.N.C.

Buncombe County Farm Conservation Group
W. Hamilton, et al
(Emergency – not strong yet)

New cold storage facility at an apple packing company
Will expand the marketing season

Warren Wilson College:

  1. Sustainable Ag. Program
  2. Environmental ed. Program (trains Community Organizers)
  3. Env. Leadership Center host sustainability conferences

Buy Haywood

Farm Credit

NROG

In Boone, Extension offer Organic Gardening 101 for home gardeners
Urban community garden in Boone
New River Organic Growers hired a marketer and bought a truck and ice machines
Marketing directly to restaurants

More farms and farmers

BRFV

Foothill Family Farms

Value Added Facility, Ashe co.

Carolina Produce

Leading Green Distributor

Madison County Farms

Carolina Organic Gardens

Mountain Foods

Small meat processors, Greenville, TN
Wilkes County not Charlotte

NC Cooperative Extension

Local produce stands and grocery stores
Stores that will sell local produce

Mountain Food Products
Buying from local farmers, selling to local businesses

NCDA
Supporting the development of biofuels for farmers and fleet use

21st Century FM Program
Leaf light

Poppies Market-Brevard

Transylvania Tailgate Market – Brevard

Madison Farms
Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Boone
Leola St Garden
Hunger Coalition
Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program-Waitang, Ashe and Wilkes Counties

Direct Markets
Tailgate Market Association, Asheville
Contact ASAP

ASAP, Asheville
Marketing Conference for farmers every February

CSA – Fresh Quarter, Asheville

Warren Wilson College
Cow Pie Café
Use food from college gardens in Cow Pies Café

Burnsville Farmer’s Market is growing, getting ready to institute EBT
Yancey County School System purchases some local produce
Yancey County WIC Program has a federal (USDA) farmer’s market nutrition program

Media – Entertaining
State Funding Media Advertising
Take inventory
Youth Fair Food Movement
Web based videos
Social Networking Sites – ads

Master Gardener Program (County Extension)

Eastern Carolina Organics Distribution

Local Food Store
CSA at Black Mountain Farmers Market

New River Organic Growers

Fulfillment Center for places like Blue Ridge Food Venture

Mixing Bowl- farm to chef
ASAP

Blue Ridge Direct
Mountain Tailgate Association
WNC Farmers Markets

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Manna Food Bank
Retail Grocers
Youth Fresh Food Initiative
Farm to School

BRFV
ASAP Local Food Guide
Marketing and map opportunities for farmers
SCFA Mountain Tours