Building a Local Food Movement

SARE Outreach

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Over the last 20 years, SARE grants have helped western North Carolina transform its agricultural landscape from one dependent on tobacco and outside entities to one that is self-sustaining within the community. Charlie Jackson, the executive director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), has been using SARE grants to better understand the demand for local food and to share the importance of localizing a food system. SARE’s investment has helped this community adopt a local food movement that has provided increased opportunities for farmers and businesses connected to food and farming.

Discover a wealth of practical resources on building local and regional food systems.

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