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December 04, 2007

Person County workshops focus on local foods

Alex Rilko of Whole Foods, left, talks with a grower at the local foods workshop about getting produce into area Whole Foods stores. (Natalie Hampton photo)

Growers in north central North Carolina had a chance to learn tips on creating a local food system through a series of workshops sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Carl Cantaluppi, horticulture agent for Granville and Person counties, and Mike Lanier, area agribusiness agent based in Orange County, teamed up in October and November to present the workshop series. Participants met in Roxboro for five consecutive Wednesdays. Workshop topics included: Buying locally to promote the local food concept, How the energy outlook is raising the stakes for local and organic food production, Staggered planting and season extension techniques, Organic vegetable production, and Starting and managing your produce enterprise: Marketing, post-harvest handling, insect and disease identification and control. The first session drew about 25 participants who learned how to sell local foods to grocery stores from representatives of Whole Foods and Weaver Street Market in Carrboro.
-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at December 4, 2007 08:56 AM