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  • Emma Hendel, who co-owns Fair Share Farm in Pfafftown, NC, with her husband Elliot Seldner, working at a food stand. Photo courtesy Fair Share Farm.

    Farm-to-table: A trendy-but-tenuous urban-rural connection

    It’s Monday, and farmer Isaac Oliver begins his week at the computer.  Out on their 72-acre Harmony Ridge Farms in Tobaccoville, Isaac and dad Kevin raise ducks, harvest eggs and grow produce. At the start of each week, Isaac emails his list of available products to nearly 70 restaurants in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh and Durham. Over the next few days, chefs text or email him what they want. “A restaurant in Charlotte orders 20 ducks every week and a lot of our eggs are on standing order, but otherwise, it’s week-to-week,” Isaac said. 
  • Volunteers for  Sandhills Farm-to-Table, a subscription-based community supported agriculture (CSA) and online food store, pack just-picked local produce into delivery boxes at the Sandhills AGInnovation Center. Photo: Nancy Pierce

    Connecting our region through local food systems

    In any conversation about strengthening urban and rural connections, local food systems are usually suggested as the prime example. Images of farmers’ markets come to mind, where urban consumers have the opportunity not only to buy fresh fruits and vegetables but to get to know the growers and producers. In reality, the food system is more complex, and involves more than just growing food and bringing it to the table. It reflects an array of regulations, policies and markets. So what do we know about local food systems in our region? What impact do they have on urban and rural consumers, as well as regional social well-being and economic connections? 
  • Davon Goodwin, manager of the Sandhills AGInnovation Center, has a mission to get more farmers in the field. Photo: Nancy Pierce

    A 'crisis that's brewing': How this program plans to help NC farmers

    “There is a crisis that’s brewing,” said Davon Goodwin. “We have a lack of farmers and we have more people to feed. If that trend continues, it’s going to be bad.”
  • A 2.2-mile section of Carolina Thread Trail weaves through a 358-acre permanently conserved area that’s protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) within the Girl Scouts’ Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs in Iredell County. The trail is called Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council Trail. Photo: Nancy Pierce

    Forging connections across the Carolinas – one greenway, trail and waterway at a time

    Natural aesthetic appeal, increased economic vitality, a reason to leave your car behind, a walking and biking connection between communities in two states: Organizers hope to deliver all of that, and more, through the growing Carolina Thread Trail network of greenways, waterways and trails.