Farmer Support Resources
As the cornerstone of our local food system, the success and wellbeing of area farmers is at the heart of Feast Down East's work. Through our own programs, as well as those of partners across the state, we seek to provide farmers with access to the best resources and support to help grow and sustain a farm business. Here we provide an overview of the services available through Feast Down East, including distribution through the food hub, marketing promotions, our annual conference, and the farmer resource listserv. Additionally, information is provided about the many organizations and agencies that offer other forms of educational, financial and technical assistance to farmers across our region and the state. If you are a farmer with a specific need or question, please contact us directly.
We help to increase consumer demand for local farm products by educating the public on the importance of supporting area farm businesses. Letting people know about your farm, its history and operations, and the items you produce is an important way to raise awareness and build relationships. Feast Down East uses its Get Fresh with Your Farmer map (on the Eat Local website page), social media, and a variety of other communications strategies to help connect farms with consumers. To add your farm to the map and other promotional efforts, please complete the Farm Listing Form.
Every February Feast Down East holds it's annual Local Food Conference at UNC Wilmington, an event that offers educational and networking opportunities for all those involved in the local food movement across Southeastern North Carolina. Workshops for farmers cover topics about agricultural techniques, business management, support resources, and more. This conference is a unique opportunity to network with other farmers and local food advocates, meet with potential consumers and buyers, and learn from some of the top experts in the state and country. Visit our Local Food Conference page for more information.