Contact Us
info@feastdowneast.org    910-465-3386
115 S. Dickerson St.  Burgaw, NC 28425
or for mailing address:
PO Box 55, Burgaw, NC 28425

Feast Down East, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, tax ID# 32-0333038.

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.
 
 
DISTRIBUTION
The Feast Down East Food Hub is a USDA-designated, GAP certified aggregation and distribution center for local agricultural food products. Its purpose is to ease the burden on small to medium size farms in Southeastern North Carolina to market and distribute their products. For more information about the food hub, visit our Produce Distribution page. To inquire about getting involved, please contact our Food Hub Manager, Zach Lavere, at 910-465-3386 or zach@feastdowneast.org .
MARKETING
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.
 
CONFERENCE
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.
 
LISTSERV
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Food Safety
Good Agricultural Practices
NC Cooperative Extension: Guidelines, self-audit tools and growers' resources
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association: Consulting services, training manual and videos
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project: GAP Plain Language Guide
 
Food Safety Modernization Act
FDA: Fact Sheet
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association: Background and implications
 
 
Financial Assistance
Lenders
USDA Farm Service Agency
The Rural Center
Cape Fear Farm Credit
Carolina Small Business Development Fund
 
Grants
Rural Advancement Foundation International: Agricultural Reinvestment Fund
NCDA: GAP Certification Cost Share Assistance
 
Insurance
Farm Bureau North Carolina
USDA: Crop and Livestock Insurance
 
  Farmland Aquisition & Preservation
Farmland Listings
NCDA Agricultural Review: Farmland For Sale / Wanted classifieds
NC FarmLink: Database of available farmland
WNC FarmLink: Resources for farm seekers and landowners
 
Farmland Preservation Programs
Black Family Land Trust
NCDA Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
 
Business Management
Consulting
Business Link North Carolina: Free consultations and referrals
Farm Energy Efficiency Project: Low cost energy assessments
 
Informational Resources
USDA: New Farmers website
Center for Environmental Farming Systems: New Farmer Toolbox
NCDA: Agribusiness Development
 
Educational Resources and Opportunities
North Carolina State University: NC Farm School
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group: Growing Farm Profits online course
 
 
Technical Assistance & Education
Consulting
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association: High tunnel consulting; Organic certification consulting
NC Cooperative Extension County Centers
NCDA: Agronomic Field Services
 
Informational Resources
NC Cooperative Extension County Centers
NC State University: Aquaculture
ASPCA: Farm animal welfare certification programs
 
Educational Opportunities
Center for Environmental Farming Systems: Workshop series - various agriculture-related topics
Center for Environmental Farming Systems: Amazing Grazing pasture-based livestock education program
Lucky Clays Fresh: Commercial aquaponics workshops
 
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