Throughout the Triangle, a dynamic community of faculty, students, organizational leaders, and community activists are committed to research, teaching, scholarship, collaboration, and community engagement in food studies and food-related issues. In 2010, the founding of Triangle University Food Studies (TUFS) brought together a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students from Duke, UNC, and NCSU. TUFS was initially funded by Duke’s John Hope Franklin Institute and UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Today, TUFS has become the “Food Working Group,” administered by Sarah Zoubek. To participate in the listserv, please contact:

The field of food studies at UNC dovetails with initiatives in the Nicolas School of the Environment at Duke and at North Carolina State University, both of which focus on sustainable food systems, as well as food studies courses in Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.  Through scholarship, teaching, and service that emanate from food cultures, the field of food studies broadens humanities’ inquiry and builds on an impressive number of student, faculty, and community-led food, agriculture, and society initiatives in North Carolina’s Piedmont. 


Agroecology Program and Center for Environmental Farming Systems
CEFSNC State University is a founding partner of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Established in 1994, CEFS is a partnership of NC State University, NC Agricultural and Technical State University, and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  CEFS’ 2000-acre Field Research and Outreach Facility at Cherry Farm in Goldsboro, NC is one of the nation’s premier research and demonstration sites for organic and sustainable production systems.

Beyond the Farm, CEFS’ Food System Initiatives include Supply Chain Development through NC Growing Together and NC Choices; Consumer Engagement through the NC 10% Campaign; Statewide Action Planning through Community Food Strategies; and Youth Engagement and Leadership Development through FoodCorps NC (co-hosted with NC-4H) and Food Youth Initiative (FYI).

Education and Outreach programming includes a Summer Internship Program and Farm Apprenticeship ProgramSeasons of Sustainable Agirculture (SOSA) Workshop Series, Amazing Grazing Livestock Educational Initiative, Annual Sustainable Agriculture Lecture, and the Farm to Fork Picnic.



The Food Working Group aims to create a central hub for food research on campus and to foster collaboration among Duke researchers working within the multi-disciplinary study of “food.”  Learn More >>