Founded as an economic development effort, Feast Down East's primary goal is to help farms in Southeastern North Carolina prosper financially. Our food hub offers assistance to farmers, in particular those with limited resources, through a variety of services. This includes connecting farmers to educational opportunities and technical support services, whether through Feast Down East or our statewide network of partners. We also help to promote local farms and their products through marketing and consumer education efforts. Finally, Feast Down East helps to distribute farm products through the food hub, which provides farmers with additional income and reduces their costs of distribution.
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 social media, and a variety of other communication strategies to help connect farms with consumers.
We offer classes and workshops to farmers throughout the year to help them become, or remain, financially stable, grow their business, and gain marketing skills. We bring local farmers together for networking and educational opportunities and to connect them to our Food Hub for potential sales through wholesale and to the Local Motive Mobile Farmers' Market.
technical assistance & General consultations
Our on-site Food Hub Manager, Zach LaVere, is available for consultations. You may contact him at 910-524-0165 or send him an email.