2019 Micro-grants! Food Council Highlights. Workshops, Webinars, and Resources.
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Cultivating community. Creating equitable food policy.

Our hearts go out to the all of the communities facing massive recovery efforts from Hurricanes Florence and Michael.  The impact of these storms is massive and even more pronounced for our rural communities, family farms, and those that already have limited resources.  We send incredible gratitude to the citizen, community, and organizational efforts to support and uplift one another during this recovery.  

Many farms and communities will take several months and years to rebuild. Organizations are still inviting volunteers and donations to support their recovery efforts.  Organize donations, community service days, and other ways to support our neighbors. Consider supporting the following efforts:

Also, special thanks Sarah Daniels, member of the Cape Fear Food Council, for her organizing and fundraising efforts to raise more than $6000 to purchase food from family farms in southeastern NC for hurricane hunger relief and purchase transplant seedlings to help area farmers replant their fields. 


Warren County Local Foods Promotion Council members share their vision for the community and why they are participating in their local food council.

Why do I participate in the food council?

“The benefit for me for participating in the Warren County Local Foods Promotion Council is to have a voice, and seeing your vision come through” says Juel Duke, master gardener and long-term resident of Norlina in Warren County. She’s been involved in the Warren County Local Foods Promotion Council (LFPC) for the last year, and would love to see more community involvement.

Warren County Local Foods Promotion Council hosted two community forums earlier this year to do just that - to raise awareness of the council and encourage more of the community to get involved.  At these forums, which they named Local Food Celebrations, they highlighted local food and farm leaders and engaged the attendees to hear their ideas about assets, opportunities, and challenges for local foods.  

In addition to bringing more than 75 community members together to share a meal and conversation, the LFPC gained more confidence in hosting forums and saw the council's value in creating space for these community conversations. They are now planning a Food Access Forum on October 30th, in the wake of the closing of one of their largest full-service grocery stores in the county. 

Read more of their story of the community forums here

Working Across Silos to Bring Fresh Food to Food Pantries

“The impact has been real,” says Kate Young member of End Hunger Durham and the Durham Farm and Food Network (DFFN), “Many times ‘fresh food’ at pantries are items from large box stores and retailers that are on their way out - meaning they are not fresh at all. The donations through the ‘Plant-a-Row’ initiative are fresh out of a local garden grown specifically for you. It’s a big difference. ”

Map of Durham food pantries and community garden partners.Two DFFN action circles - Farming & Natural Resources and End Hunger Durham - teamed up to build relationships between home gardeners and food pantries to include more fresh produce to area food pantries.

“It is becoming more and more self-sustaining,” Young says, “After our initial efforts, fresh local produce will continue to flow from gardens and farms directly to our most vulnerable community members with minimum support and coordination.”

Read more about how they've implemented the Plant-a-Row initiative here


Accepting 2019 Micro-grants!

The 2019-2020 micro-grant applications are open. Once again, our team is excited to offer up to $3000 or $4000, depending on matching funds, to local food councils in the NC network.  These grants are meant to build capacity, leadership, and depth of food council impact and connection to their communities.

2018 Regional Gatherings 

The next three regional gatherings in the Triangle, Triad, and Southeast will be held in November and January. We have co-hosted three of our six regional gatherings already and will be sharing event summaries. These events are a way for food councils and partners across each region to meet, learn from each other, and dig deeper into their current opportunities and challenges.

Good Food Messaging

We're teaming up with Spitfire Strategies to share their research and guidance on language to use or avoid when talking about Good Food policies. This webinar is based on their research to better understand American's attitudes on farm and food policy and review their recent Good Food Messaging Guide. RSVP here

Facilitation Workshops

On October 24th, our team is hosting a Facilitating for More Voices workshop in Warrenton, NC.  This all-day workshop is designed for food councils and their partners to learn and receive tangible resources to facilitate meetings that foster strong group dynamics, engage all participants in conversation and decision-making, stay focused, and use effective agendas.  RSVP here.


The Conservation Fund and Resourceful Communities released a new resource highlighting NC funding opportunities.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces application for the $25k Culture Of Health Prize. Deadline Nov. 1.

Annie's Grants for Gardens is accepting applications for funds to fund edible garden projects. Deadline Nov. 11.

Food System Leadership Network - We encourage you all to join this network hosted by the Wallace Center.  Mini-grants and free professional mentorships are available for all members!  Forsyth Foodworks has already been awarded a grant to host a Local Food Summit.  

Register for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) Sustainable Agriculture conference on Nov 9-11 in Durham, NC. 

The 2018 Farm Bill negotiations continue.  Each Friday at 9:30 a.m. EST, CFSA’s Policy team takes 15 minutes to explain the most recent developments with the farm bill over live stream on the CFSA Facebook page. Stay connected with their Farm Bill Friday videos!

Community Food Strategies works to empower local food councils and networks to create community-led collaboration and equitable policy change at the local, state and national level. This multi-organizational initiative focuses on building alliances and providing tools, trainings, and statewide structure to a growing network of local food councils across North Carolina.

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