County Extension Director
Cleveland County Center
130 S. Post Road, Suite 1
Shelby, NC 28152
Joanna Massey Lelekacs
Raleigh, NC 27695
Year 1 Project Plans and Stories
|Chatham County - School Garden|
|Gaston County - Develop a Local Foods Strategic Plan that is Supported by the Community|
|Guilford County - Community Garden|
|Lee, Moore & Richmond Counties - Partner Presentation on Local Foods and Farm Tour|
|Lenoir County - Farmers' Market Revitalization|
|Swain County - Farmers' Market Revitalization|
Year 2 Project Plans and Stories
|Cleveland County – Building Community Awareness and Involvement in the Local Food System|
|Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians – Farmers' Market|
|Forsyth County – Increasing Awareness of Community Garden/Farm|
|Forsyth County/GreenXscapes – Community/Educational Garden|
|Greene County – Farmers' Market|
|Montgomery County – Farm Tour|
Other CBFS Efforts
SARE PDP Extension & Community Partnerships
CLEVELAND COUNTY: Project Plan
- Create a monthly forum that facilitates networking and partnerships among relevant community stakeholders in support of local foods issues.
- Increased stakeholder engagement in market promotion and consumer education relative to local & seasonal foods.
- At least fifty (50) market patrons, community leaders, restaurant owners, chefs, media representatives, and travel writers will participate in Foothills Farm to Table Progressive Dinner Tour (September 10).
Key Sub Activities
Evidence of Activities, their Quality & Outcomes
“Meet Up to Eat Up” Monthly Focus Group
Farm to Table Progressive Dinner
Increased communication, networking and collaboration among vendors, customers, organizations, elected officials and others in support of local foods issues & needs.
Increased community awareness of and demand for local & seasonal foods.
Stakeholders engaged in developing the logistics and securing funds to construct and operate a permanent home for the market’s Uptown Shelby location.
Informational resources developed and disseminated to local audiences.
Increased capacity for farmers to advocate and inform on local and seasonal foods.
Connections established between the agricultural industry and the food services industry in Cleveland County.Increased awareness of, access to, and demand for local & seasonal foods
Funding for this initiative provided through the USDA, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program.