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
For more information please see the NC Growing Together website.
Other CBFS Efforts
Rebuilding Food System Infrastructure and Supply Chains for Local Foods
Community and Youth Engagement
- Wayne Food Initiative
- Students Working for an Agricultural Revolutionary Movement (SWARM) and Produce Ped'lers
- Discover Ag
- Food Youth Initiative
- 4-H Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum
New Farmer Training
- Bringing New Farmers to the Table
- Breeze Farm
Institutional Capacity-Building for Food Systems Work
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.
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.
Key Activities, Year 1 (2013)
- Establish multi-partner supply chain advisory teams for Produce, Meat, Dairy and Seafood. Meetings held quarterly to advise research and extension activities.
- Establish project advisory team (Management Team). Meetings held monthly to vet project activities.
- Hold annual meeting for all project partners.
- Hold kickoff engagement meetings with US Foods, Foster-Caviness, Lowes Foods, and Fort Bragg.
- Define current status and actionable opportunities for local food purchasing by US Foods, Foster-Caviness, Lowes Foods, and Fort Bragg.
In pilot counties:
- Define informational and training needs for local supply chain development for food hub, retail and food service partners.
- Conduct market channel research for producers in each product category, current and potential channels to project food hub, retail and food service partners.
- Design and implement/distribute prototype informational materials and training to producers and buyers to support producer-buyer connections.
- Host networking and training sessions for producers and buyers to support producer-buyer connections.
- Identify opportunities, challenges, and solutions to connect buyers and producers.
- Evaluate efficacy of summer farmer events within select Lowes Foods stores.
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.
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.