The Region's CEDS 2020Community Development Goal is to "Create Revitalized, Healthy & Resilient Communities". The adopted Challenge #2 under that goal is to, "galvanize economic and community development opportunities in the healthy, local, export, and value added food clusters....adequately and affordably provide healthy food options to communities."
RURAL FOOD BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROJECT: The NC Rural Center received funding from the USDA to grow the food value chain across rural NC. The Upper Coastal Plain region is one of three pilot areas and UCPCOG is serving as project coordinator. If you are a new or existing farmer or business involved in the local food system, we and our network of partners can assists with:
Business Coaching & Consulting
Access to Capital
Technical Training & Scholarships
Direct Assistance Partners for Farmers and Food Related Businesses:
Edgecombe Small Business Center: Tina Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 252.823.5166 x220
Upper Coastal Plain Local & Healthy Food Network: Ron Townley, email@example.com, 252.234.5965 & you can join us on Facebook
Organic Opportunities Prospectus Released: Investing in the Expansion of Organic Food and Agriculture in Northeastern North Carolina March 2018
This major economic development prospectus for northeastern North Carolina brings together findings from the first place-based pilot project of the Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS). Based on 18 months of research, outreach, fieldwork, and convening, the prospectus maps the current state of organic food and agriculture across the regional value chain and highlights opportunities to strengthen weak links in it and to invest in its expansion.
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