Guilford County Local Foods
North Carolina Cooperative Extension and many organizations and stakeholders are working with our communities on the development and expansion of local food systems across the state.
The US Department of Agriculture has linked local foods to many of its key priorities such as food access and nutrition, enhancing rural economies, the environment, addressing consumer demand, and improving the profitability of agricultural producers and strengthening markets. The USDA recognizes that consumer demand for local foods has been growing in recent years and that federal, state and local policies are responding.
Practically, many local food system efforts in North Carolina also include a focus on nutrition and health or community development, from community and school gardening to economic development to food justice. Therefore, beyond the supply chain, support for local and community-based food systems is far-reaching and far-ranging.
More information can be found on the NC State Extension Local Foods site.