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This Golden LEAF grant will support continued work of the Southeastern NC Food Systems (SENCFS) Program at UNC-Wilmington. Since 2006, UNC-W has been working on this collaborative project with cooperative extension, farmers, and other agriculture agencies and leaders in a seven county area to promote the increased production and consumption of local foods. Beginning in 2009, SENCFS began to collaborate with the Base Realignment and Closure Regional Task Force (BRAC-RTF). BRAC-RTF has an interest in promoting local foods as a means of increasing farm income and preserving open land surrounding North Carolina’s military bases. The combined effort now covers 22 counties in southeastern North Carolina. The project will develop a local food processing and distribution center at a facility owned by James Sprunt Community College in Warsaw, NC. Duplin County and James Sprunt will provide administrative staffing, utilities, training, maintenance, and support from the College’s Small Business Center at the processing center. The center will be used for rough processing and aggregation of products from local farmers for sale to commercial and institutional markets. The project will also support a planning effort to help match farmers with distributors and buyers.
Any project more than a couple of years old may not reflect current Board priorities.
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