In the Community
CARRBORO FARMERS’ MARKET
The Carrboro Farmers’ Market celebrates its 37th year in 2015. The Market is comprised of over 70 Market members who sell their locally produced goods each week directly to Market shoppers. Located in the Carrboro Town Commons on 301 W. Main St, vendor sell a wide selection of the highest quality locally grown produce, pasture raised meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, pastries, woodwork, metalwork, pottery, woven rugs, baskets, and much more. All of the goods sold were produced within 50 miles of the Market, and the farmers and artisans themselves run the Market. In fact, the actual owner of each business or farm is present at Market each week. It is truly as local as it gets. The market is nationally recognized and home to many of the the most talented growers and artisans in the region. We are open Saturdays year-round and Wednesday seasonally.
CHAPEL HILL FARMERS MARKET
Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market was started in April 2008 by Farmers of Orange, a state non-profit organization created for local farmers by local farmers. All of our farmers and artisans live within 60 miles of Chapel Hill, NC and bring fresh, quality produce, value-added farm products, and crafts to market year-round. The market is vendor run and operated by our market manager, Kate Underhill. All items are grown, produced, or created by our farmers and artisans. During the summer of 2015, Chapel Hill Farmers Market can also be found in a downtown pop-up location during the lunch hours on Thursdays. Learn more >>
EASTERN CAROLINA ORGANICS
We market and distribute wholesale Carolina organic farm produce to retailers, restaurants and buying clubs. We think (heck, we KNOW) that a sustainable food system is based on providing fresh local fruit, vegetables, and herbs while protecting the environment. We’re farmer-owned and we act like it. Eighty percent of our sales go right back to our growers. Our customers get fresh organic veggies and fruits, along with the knowledge that they’re enabling farmers to protect their family land. By pooling diverse harvests from several regions, we’re able to meet the demand for a steady stream of high-quality, seasonal food choices throughout the year.
TERRAVITA FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL
TerraVita Food & Drink began with a desire to create a festival dedicated to excellence and sustainability in the South, showcasing the very best in food and beverage. Since October 2010, TerraVita has brought together some of the finest biodynamic and sustainably-sourced wines in the world, with organic and local craft brews, coffees, ciders and spirits, and outstanding edibles from some of the best chefs and food artisans in the region. Join us this year and learn more about our mission and devotion to sustainable education and giving back to the community!
CAROLINA FOOD SUMMIT
The first-annual Carolina Food Summit took place September 28 and 29, 2016 at the start of the TerraVita Food & Drink Festival. Over forty chefs, writers, non-profit leaders, restaurateurs, and scholars gathered to share perspectives on and tackle challenges within North Carolina’s growing food scene—from field, to school cafeteria, to the area’s most lauded restaurants. The Carolina Food Summit is a partnership between EdNC.org, the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, TerraVita, and the UNC-Chapel Hill Food For All 2015-2017 university-wide research theme.
SLOW FOOD TRIANGLE
Slow Food Triangle celebrates local food and the people who grow and make it. Our members come together to experience and preserve our food traditions, supporting farmers and food artisans who sustain the land and connect us to it. We encourage the rescue and proliferation of traditional ingredients and seek to make those flavors accessible to our whole community.
The Transplanting Traditions Community Farm envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy affordable food, land, education, satisfying work and a space to celebrate culture and to build strong resilient communities. The Mission of Transplanting Traditions Community Farm is to provide refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. The farm provides a cultural community space for families to come together, build healthy communities and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND FARMING SYSTEMS (CEFS) AT NCSU
Amazing Grazing is a pasture-based livestock educational initiative that began at CEFS in Goldsboro and has developed into a statewide program. The program includes producer workshops, interagency advisor workshops, and research and demonstration projects.
FoodCorps NC service members engage youth in public K-12 schools around the state in building and tending school gardens, teaching nutrition education and cooking, and bringing healthy, local foods into school cafeterias.
FOOD YOUTH INITIATIVE
The Food Youth Initiative supports the advancement of a just food system by providing training and networking opportunities to teen youth groups committed to food equity work. By amplifying their individual and organizational stories, FYI facilitates capacity-building for statewide youth food advocacy.
FARM TO FORK PICNIC
The region’s most acclaimed chefs pair with Piedmont Farmers to prepare a picnic-style feast that celebrates our local foods and honors the people who grow and make them. Bon Appétit magazine called it the “country’s best all-you-can-eat feast!”
NC 10% CAMPAIGN
The NC 10% Campaign is building demand for local foods in North Carolina by encouraging individuals and businesses to commit 10% of their existing food budget to foods that are locally grown, caught, or produced.
NC Choices promotes the advancement of local, niche and pasture-based meat supply chains in North Carolina. Programs include technical assistance, trainings, workshops, and events such as the Carolina Meat Conference, the largest statewide niche meat conference in the country.
NC GROWING TOGETHER
NC Growing Together is working to bring more locally-produced meat, dairy, produce, and seafood into mainstream markets, strengthening the economics of small to mid-sized farm and fishing operations and their communities.
SEASONS OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
The Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture (SOSA) Workshop Series offers classes and trainings on topics ranging from agricultural production techniques to livestock health, organic grains and cover crops, marketing, and community-based food systems. Calendar >>
Students Working for an Agricultural Revolutionary Movement (SWARM) is a youth food activist group that is working to transform their local food system by learning sustainable agriculture practices, creating meaningful job opportunities, and building social justice leadership among youth, particularly those most affected by food system inequities.
COMMUNITY NUTRITION PARTNERSHIP
Community Nutrition Partnership (CNP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Durham, North Carolina. It was established in 2009 by Lucia Leone and Rachel Tabak, two PhD candidates in the Nutrition Department at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Their original idea was prompted by the increase in the prevalence of food insecurity and poor nutrition during The Great Recession. Veggie Van is a program created by the CNP and provides low-income communities with cost offset CSA boxes of local, high-quality seasonal produce sourced year-round from small- to mid-sized farms.. Several recent grants from NIH, RWJF, and USDA are providing funds to evaluate the impact of the program on the dietary intake of participants and economic benefits to farmers.
HEART-HEALTHY LENOIR PROJECT
The Heart-Healthy Lenoir Project is a community-based research project at HPDP funded by NIH and designed to develop and test better ways to reduce heart disease in Lenoir County, from prevention to treatment. The end goal is to create long-term approaches to help Lenoir County reduce heart disease risk and related health problems in the community through primary care practices, community settings, and by understanding genetic influences on heart disease. . The Heart-Healthy Lenoir Project is a collaborative project between several Lenoir County agencies and community members, UNC-Chapel Hill, and ECU Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health.
FEAST DOWN EAST
Feast Down East is a grass-roots, non-profit organization. It is a result of the Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems (SENCFS) Program, which was co-founded in 2006 by Leslie Hossfeld, Public Sociology Program, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and Mac Legerton, Center for Community Action in Lumberton. The project started as an economic and community development initiative in response to the massive job loss and high poverty in Southeastern North Carolina.
INTER-FAITH FOOD SHUTTLE
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is an innovative hunger-relief organization serving seven counties in and around the Triangle. There are several food-related internships. Learn More >>
NO KID HUNGRY: SHARE OUT STRENGTH NC
No Kid Hungry NC has been working with local leaders since September 2011 to end child hunger in North Carolina. In March 2014, the public-private partnership became a part of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. This year, the program has worked to increase breakfast participation and summer meal provision in school districts across the state. There are a total of 121 meal sites in the cities of Greensboro and Graham where children can receive free meals that are federally funded this summer. Greensboro is part of the Guilford County School district, which is a sponsor of the Summer Seamless Option (SSO) meals for children program; SSO is a continuation of the National School Lunch Program. Guilford County has been a leader in Breakfast Challenges, with 40% participation district-wide.
REGIONAL NUTRITION EDUCATION AND
OBESITY PREVENTION CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE – SOUTH
The Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence – South (funded to HPDP) is a USDA-funded Center to build the evidence-base for nutrition education and obesity prevention strategies and interventions that produce measurable improvements in health, obesity, nutrition (food behavior), and physical activity-related outcomes of interest to USDA; and develop effective education/extension, environmental, systems, and policy translational activities that promote health and prevent/reduce obesity in disadvantaged low-income families and children. We will be implementing and testing the health impact of the Faithful Families intervention that is designed to work with faith based communities to improved diet and physical activity among their members.
ShapeNC is an initiative by North Carolina Partnership for Children to improve nutrition and physical activity practices among young children, child care providers, and families. The HPDP Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group has been a partner in this work from its inception, lending expertise in child care-based health promotion. They provide tools from their Go NAP SACC project and nutrition technical assistance, such as in-person training and webinars to project staff. The project has been implemented in 18 model early learning centers throughout the state, including Guilford and Rockingham counties and will expand to more than 100 centers in the next two years.
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM-EDUCATION PROJECT
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education project, known as SNAP-Ed, is funded by the US Department of Agriculture and supports healthy food access among SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) recipients. HPDP’s SNAP-Ed program is currently implemented in six counties across North Carolina; including Orange, Rockingham, Warren, Lenoir, Sampson and Duplin counties. In each of these counties, the HPDP SNAP-Ed team supports healthy food access in North Carolina communities through community gardens, cooking classes, and corner store “make overs”.
HUNGER FREE NC
Who’s going hungry and why? One in 5 North Carolina adults. One in 4 children. 20% of our senior citizens. This is absolutely unacceptable and we can help. Our HungerFreeNC innovators are working on solutions to address the root causes of hunger: lack of income to purchase enough food and lack of access to healthy food. Learn more about the problem and the movement >>
KEYS TO HEALTHY FAMILY CHILDCARE HOMES PROJECT
The Keys to Healthy Family Childcare Homes Project is an NIH grant that targets family childcare home providers in North Carolina and the children in their care. It is a joint project between UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Five waves will enroll 165 providers and 495 children ages 1.5–4 years. The purpose is to test the effectiveness of a 9-month intervention program that encourages healthy personal lifestyle habits for the providers so that they can be role models for the children, promotes supportive physical activity and nutrition environments at the home, and strengthens business practices. The primary outcomes are to improve quality of dietary intake and physical activity of children in childcare.
Mark Little’s team has had a serious uptick in the number of food-related economic development and entrepreneurship projects they have completed. Within the past 12 months they have completed a food hub feasibility study in Halifax County; researched the challenges of a swine waste biogas facility; and partnered with others on local food council development in Beaufort County.
Food Explorers is a social marketing and nutrition education program designed to increase elementary school students’ fruit and veggie intake during school lunch. The project combined school cafeteria equipment, staff training, recipe development, branding and marketing, and a classroom passport and trading card game to encourage students to try new fruits and vegetables in a low-risk and fun environment. Participating students can earn the designation of Master Explorers. After early signs of success, we are now testing a Food Explorers: Family Edition project that engages parents through text messages and Facebook to extend nutrition education and positive food environment changes in the home (as well as at school).
TABLE’s mission is to provide healthy, emergency food aid every week to hungry children living in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, NC. Currently, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System reports that 30% (or more than 2,500) of children in preschool, elementary, and middle school are on subsidized school meals, putting them at risk for hunger on weekends and school holidays when those meals are unavailable. Today, TABLE provides healthy emergency food aid to over 400 of these children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. By the end of the 2015/16 school year, we hope to be serving 500 kids.
TABLE’s Empty Bowls Fundraiser
TABLE is hosting its Third Annual Empty Bowls Event on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 3:30pm – 7:30pm at Provence of Carrboro (203 W. Weaver St.). With your $30 ticket, enjoy live music and receive a meal of hearty soup, bread, and a dessert, as well as a locally-made pottery bowl. Beer and wine are available for purchase. 100% of the proceeds will go to help TABLE provide emergency food aid to local hungry children. Learn more >>
THOUGHT FOR FOOD CHALLENGE
The 2015/16 Thought For Food Challenge calls on the world’s best and brightest university students to form teams and develop breakthrough projects that address the global challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. Jared Yarnall-Schane, Thought For Food, Email: jared@TFFChallenge.com, Phone: +1 570-807-2201, Skype: jared.yarnall.schane; Join the 2015/16 TFF Challenge today!
EdNC.ORG: GATHERING FOR GOOD INITIATIVES
Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation; Fighting Hunger in North Carolina