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Old 04-08-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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I'm looking to get involved with or start a non-profit organization in Charlotte that focuses on increasing awareness about the benefits of buying local produce and meat.
So far I haven't been able to find anything besides Slow Food Charlotte and that doesn't seem to have a lot of activity/involvement since 2009.
Trying to guage interest if an organization were to be established - we would link consumers to local farmers, increase awareness of the farmers markets and work with local institutions (schools, hospitals, government centers, etc) and local stores to carry more locally grown/raised food.
Anyone know where I could get started or anyone out there interested in starting something together?
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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You might want to contact Lynn Caldwell, organizer of the Tailgate Market in South End; she has a lot of similar ideas, and is hooked in with the slow food/locavore community here.

Charlotte Tailgate Farmers Market
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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The Breadriot in Salisbury is a nonprofit group and their mission is:

The Bread Riot cultivates a thriving local economy by facilitating a supply of locally produced food, utilizing sustainable farming practices and focusing on whole-life issues, education, and environmental concern.

Looks like a fit for what you are talking about and they have a farm tour this spring to help educate consumers about buying local.
Breadriot.org
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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Community supported agriculture, in Davidson; a buying group that buys food locally.

Know Your Farms - Local Food Services
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Thanks CharlotteGal and GaMe2005 - those look like great resources. I will definitely get in touch with both and see what sort of involvement they are seeing in Charlotte.

XcapefromNJ - I actually participate in a CSA closer to my home in Mint Hill. I agree that it's a great way to buy local food and support our farmers.

My goal is to join or start an organization that gets the word out about buying local, supporting CSA's and farmers markets.

thanks again for your suggestions!
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: midwest transplant
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I just wanted to tell you to make sure and post the information here if you get it started!

I would be a big supporter.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:08 PM
 
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You should link up with the Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) department in the public schools (they teach nutrition and cooking classes). I may be moving to Charlotte to teach FACS next year and would absoultely love to be involved with something like that. I'm sure, or at least I would hope, that some of the teachers who are already there would be interested as well.
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Old 04-14-2010, 11:28 PM
 
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slowfoodcharlotte.org is the one I learn about at culinary school all the time. Greatful growers and other local farmers are part of it.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Asheville
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Thanks everyone! I joined slowfoodcharlotte and hope to get involved in that to make some connections. Ultimately - I plan to start my own non-profit based on the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaigns (website here)or similar to what is being done in Asheville with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP).
I'll continue to post updates here for those that are interested!
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