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Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) helps create and expand local food markets that will preserve agricultural heritage; give everyone access to fresh, healthy food; and keep farmers farming. ASAP serves as the southeast regional lead agency for the National Farm to School Network.


Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
The mission of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is to promote sustainable agriculture by inspiring, educating and organizing farmers and consumers. CFSA publishes a local food guide to connect consumers and neighbors to healthy food and farms.


Center for Environmental Farming Systems
North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University established the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. These partners work closely with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, farmers, and citizens to provide agricultural research, extension, and education for the state.


FoodCorps is a non-profit national service organization that seeks to reverse childhood obesity by increasing vulnerable children's knowledge of, engagement with, and access to healthy food. The centerpiece is an AmeriCorps public service program that recruits young leaders for a year of service in high-obesity, limited-resource communities of need. Service members build and tend school gardens, conduct hands-on nutrition education, and facilitate Farm to School programming that brings high quality local food into public schools.


From Farm to Fork: A Guide to Building North Carolina’s Sustainable, Local Food Economy
The intent of From Farm to Fork: A Guide to Building North Carolina’s Sustainable Local Food Economy is to provide key action ideas for building a sustainable food economy in North Carolina at the state and local levels. Implementation of the recommended action steps will lead to significant economic development, stewardship of natural and agricultural resources, and better health and nutrition for all North Carolina residents.


Local Harvest
The Local Harvest website provides a definitive and reliable "living" public nationwide directory of small farms, farmers markets, and other local food sources. The search engine helps consumers find products from family farms and local sources of sustainably grown food and encourages them to establish direct contact with small farms in their local area.


National Farm to School Network
Farm to School programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers.


N.C. Farm to School
The N.C. Farm to School program website, from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, serves as a resource for child nutrition directors, teachers, parents and students who may be seeking information about nutrition, agriculture facts, classroom activities and field trip opportunities.


N.C. Farm Fresh
The N.C. Farm Fresh website, from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, is a directory of pick-your-own farms, roadside farm markets, and farmers markets throughout the state. It is designed to help the consumer, find the freshest locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, and herbs.


N.C. Fresh Link
The N.C. Fresh Link website, from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA & CS), provides access to the N.C. Fruit and Vegetable Shippers Directory, contact information for the NCDA & CS marketing team, the N.C. Fresh Link newsletter and a produce availability chart.


USDA Farm to School
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers Farm to School to be inclusive of many types of producers, e.g., farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, as well as many types of food businesses, e.g., food processors, manufacturers, distributors and other value-added operations. In addition to procurement activities, farm to school incorporates food, agriculture and nutrition-based educational efforts with standards-based curriculum centered on food, agriculture, and/or nutrition and hands-on experiential activities, such as school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes.

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