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The Region's CEDS 2020 Community 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 & ConsultingUpper-Coastal-Plains-Council-of-Governments-Regional-Snapshot-Infographic_Page_1
  • Certifications
  • Access to Capital
  • Technical Training & Scholarships
  • Network Connections
  • and More
Direct Assistance Partners for Farmers and Food Related Businesses:
 Local Food Network Contacts & Resources:
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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. 

Shared Kitchen Toolkit:    

The Food Corridor, Fruition Planning and Management, and Purdue Extension Services co-created the Shared Kitchen Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Planning, Launching, and Managing a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen.  The Shared Kitchen Toolkit is a free, web-based resource that delivers guidance on feasibility and planning for new kitchen projects, as well as management practices for the day-to-day operations of shared-use kitchens. It also provides an overview of emerging kitchen models and highlights opportunities for kitchens to expand their community impact and enhance financial sustainability. It is available as a 166-page downloadable PDF.

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