April Social Event at Southern Grace Distilleries

Join us for a tour of Southern Grace Distilleries, one of the region’s first distillers, housed in a re-purposed prison in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday, April 13th from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors will watch a short film about the origins of Southern Grace; tour the prison including the barrel house, hot box, and still room; and  end in solitary confinement for a tasting of their two products: Sun Dog 130 and Sun Dog Pink Lemonade. This event  is open to anyone interested in local food and drink production and will conclude with a potluck dinner and time to socialize. The cost is $7 per person; visitor’s must be 21 or older. Reservations are required. Address: 130 Dutch Rd., Mt. Pleasant.


Don’t miss the upcoming March 9th meeting, an informative Poverty Simulation. Reserve your spot at the link below. No cost to participate.


“Gleening Friendship” — June 9 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The new format for the Cabarrus County Farm & Food general meetings continues in June with an exciting program open to everyone in the community interested in local food and farming. Two local speakers will share: Thom Duncan, Program Director of Friendship Trays and Farm Manager of the Urban Farm at Garringer High School, and Jean Siers, Coordinator for Society of St. Andrew Gleening Network in the 17-county Charlotte area. When: June 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Cabarrus Country Governmental Center. Cost: Free!

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is on a mission to bring local, organic food to your table from a farmer who shares your values. The organization is based in Pittsboro, NC and serves all of North and South Carolina through a variety of programming and services to support farmers, food businesses and communities. CFSA’s vision is a vibrant, sustainable food system that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farm workers, and good for the land. Sign up today for their eNewsletter to be kept up to date. E-Newsletter Subscriptions include:

  • The Stew – delicious stories about local & organic food and farms in the Carolinas
  • The Buzz – the best articles on food and agriculture to keep you informed and ready to take action!

  • The Grower’s Toolbox (Farmers – this one’s for you!) – technical information, expert tips and resources on sustainable agriculture, food safety, business development and more!

Policy Action Alert Subscriptions: CFSA sends out timely policy updates and action alerts related to food and farming. Topics are: Federal Issues (example Farm Bill, Food Safety Modernization Act, etc), NC Farm/Food Issues, and SC Farm/Food Issues.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Charlotte Regional Food Council Gathering Announced

The Cabarrus County Farm & Food Council (CCFFC) will host the first-ever Charlotte Regional Food Council Gathering at their upcoming general meeting on March 10, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CC Government Center in Concord. Prior and current food council members across the Charlotte area as well as potential new members are invited to participate in this important forum. The form is designed to:

  • Nurture relationships among community leaders transforming food systems in the region.
  • Assess strengths, opportunities, and challenges for food councils in the region.
  • Identify common goals and strategies to move regional food system work forward.
  • Share resources, tools, and technologies.

A light fare of local food will be provided. Reservations are required.


Additional sponsors include Community Food Strategies, Local Food Council of North Carolina, and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Local Food Symposium 3/13

The Piedmont Culinary Guild is hosting a Local Food Symposium from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on March 13, 2016 at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. The Symposium consists of 19 sessions about local food systems, covering everything from jam making to vegan cooking.The goal of the symposium is to create dialog among farmers, chefs, culinary educators, industry professionals, and others about “getting back to the basics: what we eat, what we drink, and how we can all work together to create a healthier, increasingly  sustainable food environment.”

Cost is $65 and includes lunch. Register at the link below.

Piedmont Culinary Guild



CFFC School Garden Workshop A Success

The CFFC held its first School Garden Workshop on August 29, 2015. Participants learned about: Soil Health and Garden Location, Pollinator Gardens, and Worm Composting. Katie Warren is shown here explaining her simple and inexpensive way to worm compost. Be sure to join the CFFC email list to receive information on upcoming School Garden Workshops targeted to teachers in Cabarrus and Kannapolis.

School Garden Workshop