Who we are

Working Landscapes is a nonprofit rural development organization based in Warren County, NC. We are working to advance the economic and environmental resilience of our region.  Learn more about our mission and vision>

In order to grow the economy and improve health in northeastern North Carolina, we work with partners to build a food system that connects local farmers to local consumers. We have developed a unique food processing hub in downtown Warrenton.

Are you a food service professional?  We offer a line of premium quality, fresh-cut local greens for your cafeteria.  Learn more>

Are you a farmer?  We can help you enter wholesale markets.  Learn more>

Are you a food entrepreneur?  Launch or grow your business in our shared-use commercial kitchen.  Learn more>

Are you a school district?  We can help you get students engaged in healthy, local eating.  Learn more>

To learn more about our story, check out this video created by Vittles Films:

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What if the cities of the Triangle committed to sourcing 40 percent of their food from within the region by 2040? Think about the opportunities that would create for nearby rural counties like Warren!

That’s the premise of Project 40, an initiative launched by Raleigh-based Community Food Lab; Working Landscapes is a project partner. Project 40 is one of five NC projects featured by the NCSU Institute for Emerging Issues in its 2019 ReCONNECT Rural and Urban Forum.

Working Landscapes and partners like GRRO (Green Rural Redevelopment Organization, based in Henderson) are working to ensure that rural counties like Warren and Vance are key participants in the Triangle’s emerging regional food system!Food and #Project40 were posted on the front page of the The Daily Dispatch Exciting momentum especially after the Institute for Emerging Issues’s #ReConnectNC Forum! See MoreSee Less

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What if the cities of the Triangle committed to sourcing 40 percent of their food from within the region by 2040?  Think about the opportunities that would create for nearby rural counties like Warren!  

Thats the premise of Project 40, an initiative launched by Raleigh-based Community Food Lab; Working Landscapes is a project partner.  Project 40 is one of five NC projects featured by the NCSU Institute for Emerging Issues in its 2019 ReCONNECT Rural and Urban Forum.  

Working Landscapes and partners like GRRO (Green Rural Redevelopment Organization, based in Henderson) are working to ensure that rural counties like Warren and Vance are key participants in the Triangles emerging regional food system!Image attachment

 

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How about by 2025? Why would it take 21 years? How hard is it to make gardens instead of lawns? Or permaculture…which is even better!

Keep up the good work!

By 2040! Let’s speed that up!

Last week, Alex and Leah teamed up with our friends from Halifax County NC Cooperative Extension and Halifax County Schools for a taste test at Hollister Elementary School. During this taste test, students got to try cabbage grown at the Enfield Middle School farm, and, as you can see, quite a few of them LOVED it!

Taste tests are an important and fun part of what we do at Working Landscapes. During school lunch, we talk to kids about where their food came from and why it’s important to eat fruits and veggies. After students try their cabbage, they’re given a fun sticker and get to vote on whether they "Liked it", "Loved it", or "Tried it". Thanks to Lauren and Jerry from Halifax County Cooperative Extension, and Tremayne from Halifax County Schools for being true Cabbage Champions, and thanks to Hollister Elementary for having us! See MoreSee Less

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Just a reminder about this great workshop for landowners being held by Resourceful Communities on February 26th! If you own land and aren’t sure what you have or what to do with it, or you just want to learn more about land ownership- you should check it out! Registration ends February 15th- follow the link to learn more and register. www.eventbrite.com/e/landownership-101-tickets-53651817029Do you own land in rural North Carolina? Are you unclear exactly what you have and how it can be used to benefit you or your community? Our friends at Resourceful Communities are hosting a training for eligible landowners, taking place in Henderson, NC on February 26. This workshop will cover the basics of landownership and will help you understand ownership structures, taxes, deeds, access, easements, determining value and more.

This workshop is offered at no-cost, but given limited funding, those interested in participating are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire (docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWey6172UCJMCUqAKxFovCfOGmCrcKxoRZi6HDUlkrQqc7Fw/viewform) to determine eligibility. The questionnaire will take less than two minutes to complete. If eligible, regisitration will open between January 7th – January 31st. We at Working Landscapes encourage you to register and soak in this valuable information! See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Just a reminder about this great workshop for landowners being held by Resourceful Communities on February 26th! If you own land and arent sure what you have or what to do with it, or you just want to learn more about land ownership- you should check it out! Registration ends February 15th- follow the link to learn more and register. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/landownership-101-tickets-53651817029

This past Tuesday, our very own Alex Borst gave a presentation on Good Agricultural Practices, regional value chains, and institutional procurement pipelines at a session of the Real Agricultural Entrepreneurship course held at Halifax Community College. With funding assistance from the NC Rural Center, the course aims to equip entrepreneurs who are looking to set up agriculturally-based businesses across Halifax County with the tools they need to succeed. Business ideas that these entrepreneurs have proposed include farms, greenhouses, and value-added food businesses. We wish them the best and are thankful to the Halifax Community College, Small Business Center for the opportunity. See MoreSee Less

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This past Tuesday, our very own Alex Borst gave a presentation on Good Agricultural Practices, regional value chains, and institutional procurement pipelines at a session of the Real Agricultural Entrepreneurship course held at Halifax Community College. With funding assistance from the NC Rural Center, the course aims to equip entrepreneurs who are looking to set up agriculturally-based businesses across Halifax County with the tools they need to succeed. Business ideas that these entrepreneurs have proposed include farms, greenhouses, and value-added food businesses. We wish them the best and are thankful to the Halifax Community College, Small Business Center for the opportunity.

 

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So proud of Alex and his work!

Do you own land in rural North Carolina? Are you unclear exactly what you have and how it can be used to benefit you or your community? Our friends at Resourceful Communities are hosting a training for eligible landowners, taking place in Henderson, NC on February 26. This workshop will cover the basics of landownership and will help you understand ownership structures, taxes, deeds, access, easements, determining value and more.

This workshop is offered at no-cost, but given limited funding, those interested in participating are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire (docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWey6172UCJMCUqAKxFovCfOGmCrcKxoRZi6HDUlkrQqc7Fw/viewform) to determine eligibility. The questionnaire will take less than two minutes to complete. If eligible, regisitration will open between January 7th – January 31st. We at Working Landscapes encourage you to register and soak in this valuable information! See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Do you own land in rural North Carolina?  Are you unclear exactly what you have and how it can be used to benefit you or your community? Our friends at Resourceful Communities are hosting a training for eligible landowners, taking place in Henderson, NC on February 26.  This workshop will cover the basics of landownership and will help you understand ownership structures, taxes, deeds, access, easements, determining value and more.  

This workshop is offered at no-cost, but given limited funding, those interested in participating are asked to fill out a brief questionnaire (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWey6172UCJMCUqAKxFovCfOGmCrcKxoRZi6HDUlkrQqc7Fw/viewform) to determine eligibility.   The questionnaire will take less than two minutes to complete.  If eligible, regisitration will open between January 7th – January 31st. We at Working Landscapes encourage you to register and soak in this valuable information!

Just a reminder that the deadline to apply for funding for arts projects is this upcoming Friday!

"Working Landscapes is currently accepting proposals from artists to create portraits of Warren County farms and farmers. The goal of this project is to capture the beauty and diversity of Warren County’s farm landscape and farming community by creating unique works of art representing 7 to 10 Warren County farms. Artists are welcome to use any medium.

Artists may apply for a total up to $3,500 to fund this project. Applications will be accepted through January 18th, 2019 and Working Landscapes will select an artist by early February. The resulting farm portraits will initially be displayed at a reception in the Main Street Kitchen in May 2019.

This project is funded by a grant from the Warren County Arts Council, made possible by the NC Arts Council. For more information on applying for this grant, please contact Leah at leah@workinglandscapesnc.org, or call (252) 257-0205."Working Landscapes is currently accepting proposals from artists to create portraits of Warren County farms and farmers. The goal of this project is to capture the beauty and diversity of Warren County’s farm landscape and farming community by creating unique works of art representing 7 to 10 Warren County farms. Artists are welcome to use any medium.

Artists may apply for a total up to $3,500 to fund this project. Applications will be accepted through January 18th, 2019 and Working Landscapes will select an artist by early February. The resulting farm portraits will initially be displayed at a reception in the Main Street Kitchen in May 2019.

This project is funded by a grant from the Warren County Arts Council, made possible by the NC Arts Council. For more information on applying for this grant, please contact Leah at leah@workinglandscapesnc.org, or call (252) 257-0205. See MoreSee Less

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Just a reminder that the deadline to apply for funding for arts projects is this upcoming Friday! 

Working Landscapes is currently accepting proposals from artists to create portraits of Warren County farms and farmers. The goal of this project is to capture the beauty and diversity of Warren County’s farm landscape and farming community by creating unique works of art representing 7 to 10 Warren County farms. Artists are welcome to use any medium.

Artists may apply for a total up to $3,500 to fund this project. Applications will be accepted through January 18th, 2019 and Working Landscapes will select an artist by early February. The resulting farm portraits will initially be displayed at a reception in the Main Street Kitchen in May 2019.

This project is funded by a grant from the Warren County Arts Council, made possible by the NC Arts Council. For more information on applying for this grant, please contact Leah at leah@workinglandscapesnc.org, or call (252) 257-0205.Image attachment

 

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Happy Winter Break to Warren County teachers and students! To celebrate, Working Landscapes partnered with Warren County Cooperative Extension to host the "4-H Bake, Make, and Take Holiday Treats" workshop for Warren County kids.

We were feeling the spirit of the holidays today in the Main Street Kitchen as kids created fun, holiday ornaments as well as baked and decorated yummy Christmas cookies, all while listening to classic Christmas songs. To finish out the day, we all went caroling and passed out candy canes to spread holiday cheer throughout downtown Warrenton.

Happy Holidays to all, and a very merry New Year! See MoreSee Less

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Working Landscapes is currently accepting proposals from artists to create portraits of Warren County farms and farmers. The goal of this project is to capture the beauty and diversity of Warren County’s farm landscape and farming community by creating unique works of art representing 7 to 10 Warren County farms. Artists are welcome to use any medium.

Artists may apply for a total up to $3,500 to fund this project. Applications will be accepted through January 18th, 2019 and Working Landscapes will select an artist by early February. The resulting farm portraits will initially be displayed at a reception in the Main Street Kitchen in May 2019.

This project is funded by a grant from the Warren County Arts Council, made possible by the NC Arts Council. For more information on applying for this grant, please contact Leah at leah@workinglandscapesnc.org, or call (252) 257-0205. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Working Landscapes is currently accepting proposals from artists to create portraits of Warren County farms and farmers. The goal of this project is to capture the beauty and diversity of Warren County’s farm landscape and farming community by creating unique works of art representing 7 to 10 Warren County farms. Artists are welcome to use any medium. 

Artists may apply for a total up to $3,500 to fund this project. Applications will be accepted through January 18th, 2019 and Working Landscapes will select an artist by early February. The resulting farm portraits will initially be displayed at a reception in the Main Street Kitchen in May 2019. 

This project is funded by a grant from the Warren County Arts Council, made possible by the NC Arts Council. For more information on applying for this grant, please contact Leah at leah@workinglandscapesnc.org, or call (252) 257-0205.Image attachment

 

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For those interested in applying for this grant, you can apply by submitting this google form application: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbD64T2AYWwu8wiDecS62eqfvNLMTCIv7SCzS_3CGdC7bbIg/viewform?usp=s…

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Billy Farmer, Acrylics, Oils, Watercolors

Billy Farmer retired as a band director / music teacher from Wake County Schools in 1996.

His interest in drawing began at a very early age. He was mostly self-taught until the 1980’s when he began taking art courses at Barton College.

He continued these studies with private classes and in workshops with Charlie Reid, Tony van Hasselt, Arne Westerman, LouAnna Winner and Pat Bowers. He also received instruction in critique sessions with Joe Cox, former head of the School of Design at N. C. State University and with Ben Williams former curator of the N. C. State Museum of Art.

His shows and exhibitions in North Carolina have been at Art Centers in Wilson, Goldsboro, Nash County, Nashville, The Woman’s Club of Raleigh, The Sunflower Studio and Gallery in Wake Forest, Forest Hill Club in Wilson, Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock, and The Little Art Gallery in Raleigh.

Billy Farmer’s works are represented by The Little Art Gallery in Raleigh, The Sunflower Studio and Gallery in Wake Forest, Leslie Martin Pottery Studio in Franklinton, The Frame Shoppe in Louisburg, and the Framer’s Alley in Elm City,

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Working Landscapes and Warren County Cooperative Extension conducted a cabbage taste test today at Northside K-8 School and South Warren Elementary!

Cabbage is December’s featured harvest in our What’s Growing On program. Students got to taste some coleslaw made from locally-grown cabbage from Bender Farms and tell us whether they loved it, liked it, or simply tried it. As you can see, most students LOVED this local veggie! See MoreSee Less

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Love this organization and all they do for their community.

Great!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Growing Your Produce Business event at Halifax Community College last night! More than fifty farmers and their allies attended. In just 2 and a half hours, attendees heard from 11 speakers including Whole Foods, the Coalition for Healthier Eating food hub, Halifax County Cooperative Extension, Green Rural Redevelopment Organization, Self-Help Credit Union, RAFI, and Carolina Common Enterprise. Alex and Gabe of Working Landscapes also provided information on obtaining GAP certification and opportunities to sell wholesale produce in our region. Following the presentations, attendees had the opportunities to network with the speakers and each other.

Thank you to the North Carolina Growing Together program of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) for making this event possible, to the Halifax Community College Small Business Center for hosting, and to Cooperative Extension and Black Family Land Trust for their partnership. Thanks also to the Halifax Community College catering team, Bender Farms, and Clovermead Farm for the delicious, locally-sourced dinner. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Members of the community braved the snow and ice to come together for community dinner last night! We had a wonderful time of fellowship and great food, and took home some delicious fresh collard greens, cabbage, and broccoli from Bender Farms!

We were joined last night by Crystal Smith of Warren County Cooperative Extension, who spoke about strategies for eating healthy and stretching one’s grocery budget during the holiday season, as well as food safety tips for storing prepared foods.

We were also joined by Caroline Parker, who reports on stories about the intersection of faith and education for Education NC. Check out Ed NC’s twitter feed for a closer look about the preparation that goes into our community dinners!
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Members of the community braved the snow and ice to come together for community dinner last night! We had a wonderful time of fellowship and great food, and took home some delicious fresh collard greens, cabbage, and broccoli from Bender Farms!

We were joined last night by Crystal Smith of Warren County Cooperative Extension, who spoke about strategies for eating healthy and stretching ones grocery budget during the holiday season, as well as food safety tips for storing prepared foods.

We were also joined by Caroline Parker, who reports on stories about the intersection of faith and education for Education NC. Check out Ed NCs twitter feed for a closer look about the preparation that goes into our community dinners! 
https://twitter.com/EdNC_Faith?lang=enImage attachment

 

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You do wonderful work!

Thank you for work with the county

Because Warren County Schools is closed tomorrow, our Community Dinner has been moved to the Main Street Kitchen. The address is 108 S. Main St., Warrenton, NC.

We will still begin serving at 6pm and there will still be local produce to take home!

Please spread the word to anyone who was planning to attend the dinner at Northside! See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Looking for a fun way to keep your little elves busy on the first day of winter break? Come join Warren County Cooperative Extension and Working Landscapes for a day of holiday cheer! We will be making festive crafts and ornaments, baking holiday treats in the Main Street Kitchen, and singing Christmas carols downtown. All kids ages 5-11 are welcome to join!

When: December 21, 2018 from 10am- 2pm
Where: Main Street Kitchen, 108 S Main Street, Warrenton, NC

Registration fee of $15 provides all materials as well as lunch! Please contact the Cooperative Extension office at (252) 257-3640 to register by December 18, 2018. We can’t wait to see you there! See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Looking for a fun way to keep your little elves busy on the first day of winter break? Come join Warren County Cooperative Extension and Working Landscapes for a day of holiday cheer! We will be making festive crafts and ornaments, baking holiday treats in the Main Street Kitchen, and singing Christmas carols downtown. All kids ages 5-11 are welcome to join!

When: December 21, 2018 from 10am- 2pm
Where: Main Street Kitchen, 108 S Main Street, Warrenton, NC

Registration fee of $15 provides all materials as well as lunch! Please contact the Cooperative Extension office at (252) 257-3640 to register by December 18, 2018. We cant wait to see you there!

 

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Wish Sadie were 5! Maybe next year!

Here’s the announcement of a recent publication whose co-authors include Working Landscapes Associate Director Gabriel Cumming and Board Member Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, along with collaborators from UNC Chapel Hill.

Working Landscapes is committed to conducting and sharing research that builds on our firsthand experiences working to develop regional food systems.Mission-Driven Intermediaries as Anchors of the Middle Ground in the American Food System: Evidence from Warrenton, NC

Meenu Tewari, Sophie Kelmenson, Andrew Guinn, Gabriel Cumming, and Rudolph Colloredo-Mansfeld

Abstract
Moving beyond direct marketing, food systems work is increasingly connecting sustainably grown food with supermarkets, dining services, and other mainstream outlets. It is here that growers come face-to-face with the rigid conditions of a globalized food system. In this paper we document the emergence of mission-driven intermediaries as bridging institutions in the middle spaces of American agriculture that are using value addition and strategic scaling up to connect alternative food systems to local and regional markets at profitable prices.

Through in-depth interviews with Working Landscapes of Warrenton, North Carolina, we describe one path to becoming a Mission-Driven Intermediary, in which intermediaries with roots in the nonprofit sector evolve into organizations of hybrid form that include revenue-generating activities. This institutional heterodoxy allows lateral alliances with diverse entities that help recombine existing resources in new ways, enabling the organization to demonstrate long-term commitment to the local food project while successfully improvising to survive in a highly competitive and corporatized industry. [Working Landscapes, local food systems, mission-driven intermediaries, supply chains]

anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cuag.12175 See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Heres the announcement of a recent publication whose co-authors include Working Landscapes Associate Director Gabriel Cumming and Board Member Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, along with collaborators from UNC Chapel Hill.  

Working Landscapes is committed to conducting and sharing research that builds on our firsthand experiences working to develop regional food systems.

Warren Early College High School Beta Club is in the Main Street Kitchen (108 S Main St, Warrenton) right now, selling hot chocolate during the Christmas Parade! Stop by and support them! See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Warren Early College High School Beta Club is in the Main Street Kitchen (108 S Main St, Warrenton) right now, selling hot chocolate during the Christmas Parade!  Stop by and support them!

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