Sustainable Food in NC

A new program called Fork to Farm just held a Summit on sustainable food. Governor Bev Perdue pledged support. "I'm on your team. Tell me what you need to grow this whole new industry. . . . You are beginning to change the tide, directing the links between local agriculture and jobs and the economy. You all are red hot. Finally people across the state and the country are beginning to realize you are red hot."

From their website:

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Environmental Farming Systems ( has been funded to reach out across the state and together with our partners ask: What will it take to build a sustainable local food economy in North Carolina?

Regional meetings will be held to bring together those engaged in all aspects of the food system.

Here is a list of their Working Issues:

* Communications
* Community Gardens
* Direct Marketing
* Farm to School
* Local Government & Land Use
* New and Transitioning Farmer Support
* Processing & Food Systems Infrastructure
* Public Health & Food Access Disparities
* Retail & Institutional Markets
* Youth and Social Networking
* Formalizing the Initiative:
Foundations & Baselinesils

In a related story on Daily Kos today
Organic spring menu = new food-stamp allowance in NC


Anyone with these qualifications looking for a job?

TITLE: Extension Associate
DEPARTMENT/UNIT: Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/DIVISION: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
SALARY: Commensurate with training and experience

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree in agriculture, public health, county and regional planning,
public administration, or some related field and/or experience that is at the intersection of sustainable
food systems and local food economies; strong and demonstrated interest and experience in sustainable
local food systems; excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to positively
interact with a wide variety of types of groups; public speaking experience and comfort with doing so
are a must. Excellent computer skills, including database management, PowerPoint, word processing,
and internet applications. Good organization and time management skills will be important. Experience
with meeting facilitation is a plus as are Spanish speaking and writing skills.


I do, got any contact info for the position?