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. Individuals interested in the local food movement, supporting area farmers and producers, and prior and current food council members across the Charlotte area 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.
Learn how to grown your own mushrooms for your own use or to sell! This workshop will cover tools and wood needed; preparation of the logs; when to harvest; and how to store the crop. Each participant will receive a log to take home; supplies included in the $60 registration fee. The workshop will be help on Saturday, March 5 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Lomax Incubator Farm in Concord, NC. To register call Rowan-Cabarrus Community College at 704-216-7222. Space is limited.
Farmers in the Piedmont area (outside of Raleigh) have announced their Spring 2016 tour dates. Supported by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), the Spring 2016 farm tours will be held on April 23-24, 2016 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Farm tours are a great way to connect farmers and consumers, and for visitors to learn more about their local farms and farmers. Children are especially welcome on the tours and enjoy learning about the animals and participating in special activities just for them.
Piedmont Farm Tour
Raleigh-based company, The Produce Box, specializes in delivering fresh, local produce directly to homes, including the Charlotte area. Customers can select from a variety of boxes: small for homes with just 1 or 2 people to organic to larger boxes for larger families. The Produce Box also has an outreach program to help deliver fresh, local produce that customers can order when they are online. The “Hero Boxes” are delivered to local fire and police stations, veteran organizations, schools, and more. The “Community Boxes” of bulk produce are delivered to local food banks. Learn more at the link below.
The Produce Box
The Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) is using part of a government grant to bring fresh produce at an affordable price to Kannapolis and Concord minority residents. The CHA has partnered with St. Joseph Catholic Church for an location that is easily accessible. Much of the produce and fruit is local, and the markets are set up to take cash, credit, SNAP and EBT as payment. Read more below.
The Charlotte Observer