- Education and Training: extension, networking, systems thinking
- Sustainable Communities: community development, community planning, ethnic differences/cultural and demographic change, food hubs, leadership development, local and regional food systems, partnerships, public participation, social capital, social networks, values-based supply chains
Local food represents one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture in the nation. This proposed project develops, pilots, evaluates and improves a new multi-state online, local food systems non-credit course for use in NC, VA and SC. In addition to enhancing the online course in NC, we propose to develop a blended training program in VA and SC that uses the online course as a base, and integrates site visits and participant dialogue to encourage face-to-face networking and collaboration.
The project moves NC, SC and VA towards more community focused food systems by providing comprehensive training for existing and pre-service LFS practitioners.
Project objectives from proposal:
- To build the capacity of NC, VA and SC training provides;
- To develop, evaluate and update the training programs and delivery models to serve as a regional model.