Monthly Archives: March 2012

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NC DENR Releases Draft Fracking Study: Landowner Rights Sections Still Pending

The North Carolina Department of Energy and Natural Resources has released their draft study on the potential impacts of fracking in North Carolina. Not included in this draft are the sections on landowner rights and protections, for which RAFI provided extensive input. Those sections should be coming out from the Attorney General’s Office early next month.

2012 Grant Awards

We are proud to announce our 2012 grant award recipients. This group of 34 farm enterprises represents some of the most creative farmers in the state.

Growing Food and Growing Community: Workshop and Discussion at Mt. Olive

This past week, church leaders, laity, farmers, and students gathered at Mount Olive College for the Down to Earth Ministry Conference. Come to the Table joined with The Interfaith Food Shuttle to facilitate a workshop on “Growing Food and Growing Community: Feeding Rural Neighbors with Local Food”. Over the past few years, Eastern North Carolina […]

Heck, Yes – Local Food Creates Jobs

Yesterday, the USDA Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program released a new report and an interactive website that illustrate how USDA programs help build local and regional food systems. Among the findings in the report: Every $1million in farm income from local and regional markets creates an average of 13 farm operator jobs.

This morning, NPR responded with their take: Local food is about food, and the USDA’s attempt to explain it in terms of jobs is an attempt to defend local food programs in a contentious political climate. The jobs argument, the article implies, is a tenuous one. “Hey, Locavores,” the title asks, “are you creating jobs?”

Well, with respect, our answer is a resounding “yes.”