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Dr. Rebecca Dunning
Project and Research Coordinator, NC Growing Together
North Carolina State University
Department of Horticultural Science
256 Kilgore Hall, Box 7609
Raleigh, NC  27695

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For more information please see the NC Growing Together website.

Other CBFS Efforts

Rebuilding Food System Infrastructure and Supply Chains for Local Foods

Consumer Education

Community and Youth Engagement

New Farmer Training

Institutional Capacity-Building for Food Systems Work

Policy Development

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NC Growing Together

NC Growing Together is a five year (2013—2017) USDA-funded project that aims to bring more locally-produced foods into mainstream markets.

Local Grouper at Lowes Foods


Bring more locally-grown foods -- produce, meat, dairy, seafood -- into mainstream retail and food service supply chains, thus enhancing food security by increasing access to local foods and by strengthening the economics of small to mid-sized farm and fishing operations.


Identify the most promising solutions by which local production and associated value-added activities can enter local retail and food service markets, pilot these solutions in North Carolina, and evaluate and report the results for the benefit of other states and regions.

Mills Meats

Key Activities, Year 1 (2013)


In pilot counties:

Local Organic Lettuce at Lowes Foods


The NC Growing Together project is highly collaborative and includes dozens of partners from across the state.  All of the partners have a stake in developing North Carolina’s Local Food Economy.

Major project partners include Lowes FoodsFoster-CavinessUS Foods, Fort Bragg, NC Cooperative Extension, and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

The project is housed at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, a partnership of NC State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.



NC Growing Together is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, grant #2012-68004-20363.