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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We are so thankful for all who attended Wednesday night’s community dinner!
Our November meal was a Thanksgiving feast, complete with turkey and all the fixings. While they ate, attendees were invited to participate in the healthful living discussion questions that were placed on the tables.

As always, there was delicious local produce to take home! Thank you to Bender Farms for the squash, collard greens, and cabbage, and Shady Oaks 1812 for the salad mix and baby turnips!

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, we encourage you to think about ways you can include locally-grown produce in your Thanksgiving dinner!

The next community dinner will be on Wednesday, December 12. See MoreSee Less

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Wow! How wonderful! Who makes all that food?

I remember well when this concept was in its infancy. Congratulations on your tenacity and hard work!

What beautiful looking produce!

Last Thursday, Executive Director Carla Norwood and Education and Outreach Coordinator Hannah Hiller presented at the Seed to Table Conference in Wilson, NC, which was convened by the Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities program. Carla and Hannah introduced the concept of a food system and talked about how Working Landscapes advances local food systems through value-added produce processing and school programs.

"A specialized program of The Conservation Fund, Resourceful Communities supports a network of community groups, faith-based organizations, small towns and resource providers. The triple bottom line is the foundation of our work: environmental stewardship, social justice and sustainable economic development. Rather than addressing community challenges as isolated issues, this integrated approach nets sustainable, comprehensive improvements."

Below: Carla and Hannah with the Resourceful Communities staff. From left to right: Justine Post, Carla Norwood, Hannah Hiller, Ena Aguilar, Kathleen Marks, Monica McCann, Olivia Percoco, Sara Dillon See MoreSee Less

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Last Thursday, Executive Director Carla Norwood and Education and Outreach Coordinator Hannah Hiller presented at  the Seed to Table Conference in Wilson, NC, which was convened by the Conservation Funds Resourceful Communities program. Carla and Hannah introduced the concept of a food system and talked about how Working Landscapes advances local food systems through value-added produce processing and school programs.

A specialized program of The Conservation Fund, Resourceful Communities supports a network of community groups, faith-based organizations, small towns and resource providers.  The triple bottom line is the foundation of our work:  environmental stewardship, social justice and sustainable economic development.  Rather than addressing community challenges as isolated issues, this integrated approach nets sustainable, comprehensive improvements.

Below: Carla and Hannah with the Resourceful Communities staff. From left to right: Justine Post, Carla Norwood, Hannah Hiller, Ena Aguilar, Kathleen Marks, Monica McCann, Olivia Percoco, Sara Dillon

 

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Thank you for your hard work

Excellent!

The Working Landscapes crew and our volunteers got a lot of work done at the Northside K-8 Community Garden this past weekend! We weeded the garden beds, unloaded and spread THREE truckloads of mulch, and raked the outdoor learning space and walking trail. Our AmeriCorps VISTA service member, Leah Steffens, is hosting monthly garden work days on the first Saturday of every month. The work days will alternate between Northside K-8 and South Warren Elementary and the next of these work days will be on Saturday, December 1st at South Warren Elementary School. Come join us in tending to the gardens! To get get involved, email Leah at Leah@WorkingLandscapesNC.org. See MoreSee Less

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The Working Landscapes crew and our volunteers got a lot of work done at the Northside K-8 Community Garden this past weekend! We weeded the garden beds, unloaded and spread THREE truckloads of mulch, and raked the outdoor learning space and walking trail. Our AmeriCorps VISTA service member, Leah Steffens, is hosting monthly garden work days on the first Saturday of every month. The work days will alternate between Northside K-8 and South Warren Elementary and the next of these work days will be on Saturday, December 1st at South Warren Elementary School. Come join us in tending to the gardens! To get get involved, email Leah at Leah@WorkingLandscapesNC.org.

This morning, we delivered What’s Growing On Harvest Boxes to several teachers in schools across Warren County. This box contains books, art supplies, enough local produce for an in-class taste test, and a fully developed lesson plan for teachers to use in their classrooms to teach their students about healthy living and the importance of the local food system.

This month, the featured harvest is Kale! Students will get to taste a delicious kale salad, and then take the time to write notes of thanks to local farmers who grow kale in our community.

A big THANK YOU to our participating teachers:
Brianna Chace – Northside
Jill Ellis – Northside
Deanna Hayes – Northside
Katie Johnston – Northside
Patricia Willaimson – Northside
Pearl Simes and Karen Paynter – Mariam Boyd
Celestine Williams – Mariam Boyd
Michel Cole-Bailey – South Warren
Mona Liza Deleon – South Warren
Scott Garlock – Vaughan

If you are a teacher in Warren County or the surrounding region who is interested in participating in our Harvest Box program, please contact Hannah Hiller at
hannah@workinglandscapesnc.org
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This morning, we delivered Whats Growing On Harvest Boxes to several teachers in schools across Warren County. This box contains books, art supplies, enough local produce for an in-class taste test, and a fully developed lesson plan for teachers to use in their classrooms to teach their students about healthy living and the importance of the local food system.

This month, the featured harvest is Kale! Students will get to taste a delicious kale salad, and then take the time to write notes of thanks to local farmers who grow kale in our community.

A big THANK YOU to our participating teachers:
Brianna Chace - Northside
Jill Ellis - Northside
Deanna Hayes - Northside
Katie Johnston - Northside
Patricia Willaimson - Northside
Pearl Simes and Karen Paynter - Mariam Boyd
Celestine Williams - Mariam Boyd
Michel Cole-Bailey - South Warren
Mona Liza Deleon - South Warren
Scott Garlock - Vaughan

If you are a teacher in Warren County or the surrounding region who is interested in participating in our Harvest Box program, please contact Hannah Hiller at
hannah@workinglandscapesnc.org
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Hey y’all! Come get your hands dirty in the Northside K-8 garden this Saturday, November 3, 11am-2pm!

The garden at Northside is used by students throughout the school. It’s a great way to get kids active outside and engaged with healthy foods–how cool is it to eat something that you’ve grown? On Saturday we’ll be spreading mulch along the garden paths to keep weeds down, as well as doing some general maintenance of the garden beds and nature trail to keep them in tip-top shape.

Tools will be provided, but please bring comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes, and a water bottle. This will be the first event in a series of garden work days on the first Saturday of each month, so stay tuned for more! We will also be bringing some snacks, so please RSVP by emailing leah@workinglandscapesnc.org, or calling (252) 257-0205, so we know how much to bring! Can’t wait to see you out there! See MoreSee Less

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Hey yall! Come get your hands dirty in the Northside K-8 garden this Saturday, November 3, 11am-2pm! 

The garden at Northside is used by students throughout the school.  Its a great way to get kids active outside and engaged with healthy foods--how cool is it to eat something that youve grown?  On Saturday well be spreading mulch along the garden paths to keep weeds down, as well as doing some general maintenance of the garden beds and nature trail to keep them in tip-top shape.

Tools will be provided, but please bring comfortable clothes, closed-toed shoes, and a water bottle. This will be the first event in a series of garden work days on the first Saturday of each month, so stay tuned for more! We will also be bringing some snacks, so please RSVP by emailing leah@workinglandscapesnc.org, or calling (252) 257-0205, so we know how much to bring! Cant wait to see you out there!

We’re making Spooky Sweets at Main Street Kitchen now til noon! Free fun for all ages–come join us. See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Were making Spooky Sweets at Main Street Kitchen now til noon!  Free fun for all ages--come join us.

 

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Now I just got to make her wait to eat them

Don’t forget to stop by the Main Street Kitchen this Saturday from 9:30-Noon to decorate some Halloween treats!Announcing our next Children’s Workshop at the Main Street Kitchen!

Working Landscapes presents: Spooky Sweets!

Come and join Working Landscapes for a day of decorating some spooky Halloween treats! No tricks here – just treats! Children will be able to make and decorate a selection of six different ghoulish goodies to take home. All materials will be provided, and children of all ages are welcome to attend!

When: October 27, 2018 from 9:30-Noon
Where: Main Street Kitchen, 108 South Main St., Warrenton, NC

This event is come-and-go, no registration required! See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Dont forget to stop by the Main Street Kitchen this Saturday from 9:30-Noon to decorate some Halloween treats!

Announcing our next Children’s Workshop at the Main Street Kitchen!

Working Landscapes presents: Spooky Sweets!

Come and join Working Landscapes for a day of decorating some spooky Halloween treats! No tricks here – just treats! Children will be able to make and decorate a selection of six different ghoulish goodies to take home. All materials will be provided, and children of all ages are welcome to attend!

When: October 27, 2018 from 9:30-Noon
Where: Main Street Kitchen, 108 South Main St., Warrenton, NC

This event is come-and-go, no registration required! See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Announcing our next Childrens Workshop at the Main Street Kitchen!

Working Landscapes presents: Spooky Sweets!

Come and join Working Landscapes for a day of decorating some spooky Halloween treats! No tricks here - just treats! Children will be able to make and decorate a selection of six different ghoulish goodies to take home. All materials will be provided, and children of all ages are welcome to attend!

When: October 27, 2018 from 9:30-Noon
Where: Main Street Kitchen, 108 South Main St., Warrenton, NC

This event is come-and-go, no registration required!

Attention farmers!! Are you looking to grow your farm and your business? Cultivating Change, a local farm grant program, is currently accepting grant proposals for up to $30,000! Cultivating Change is a program of Greener Fields Together, a sustainability initiative participated in by Foster Caviness Produce, one of our distributor partners. Every year, Cultivating Change funds projects for farmers across the nation to improve food safety, grow infrastructure, and support sustainable innovations. If you have a project you’ve been dreaming of, but need some funds to get started, here is your chance. For more information or to apply through their simple, 4-step process, visit www.cultivatingchange.org See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Attention farmers!! Are you looking to grow your farm and your business? Cultivating Change, a local farm grant program, is currently accepting grant proposals for up to $30,000! Cultivating Change is a program of Greener Fields Together, a sustainability initiative participated in by Foster Caviness Produce, one of our distributor partners.  Every year, Cultivating Change funds projects for farmers across the nation to improve food safety, grow infrastructure, and support sustainable innovations. If you have a project youve been dreaming of, but need some funds to get started, here is your chance. For more information or to apply through their simple, 4-step process, visit www.cultivatingchange.org

 

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Thanks so much for sharing!

We want to thank everyone who came out to support our organization at the Chefs on the Farm event this past Sunday. With over 250 attendees including ticket holders, chefs, farmers, volunteers, and staff, we are excited to have been able to pull together an event that brought so many people together to support us in our efforts to develop local foodways in Warren County and across our region. Aside from helping us to advance our mission and goals, we hope that everyone in attendance had as much fun and good food as we did!

This event wouldn’t have been possible without our gracious hosts, Kristen Baughman and Zayne Taber and the beautiful venue that they have created out at Warren Estate. Also, many to Stacey Price Sprenz at Tabletop Media Group for capturing the event so beautifully with her camera. See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

We want to thank everyone who came out to support our organization at the Chefs on the Farm event this past Sunday. With over 250 attendees including ticket holders, chefs, farmers, volunteers, and staff, we are excited to have been able to pull together an event that brought so many people together to support us in our efforts to develop local foodways in Warren County and across our region. Aside from helping us to advance our mission and goals, we hope that everyone in attendance had as much fun and good food as we did!

This event wouldnt have been possible without our gracious hosts, Kristen Baughman and Zayne Taber and the beautiful venue that they have created out at Warren Estate. Also, many to Stacey Price Sprenz at Tabletop Media Group for capturing the event so beautifully with her camera.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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What a WONDERFUL event! Thank you Zayne and Kristen and all the beautiful people doing beautiful things at Working Landscapes!

What a great event!

Such a wonderful event!!

Awesome job everybody! Thanks for having GrassStreet!

Wonderful event for a wonderful organization! It was an honor to capture the energy of community.

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We are pleased to report that the Chefs on the Farm fundraiser is completely SOLD OUT! On behalf of everyone who benefits from our farm to school programs (such as these adorable kids posing with lettuce), a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased tickets–we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Because we are sold out, people who have not already purchased/reserved tickets will not be able to buy them at the door. Out of respect for the chefs and farmers who are donating the night’s dinner, we cannot serve more people than they have prepared to serve. Thank you for understanding.

Didn’t buy a ticket, but still want to support Working Landscapes? Thank you, we love you! You can always donate on our website (workinglandscapesnc.org) or by contacting our office (252-257-0205). Want to be notified about future Working Landscapes happenings? Contact us to sign up for our email list. See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

We are pleased to report that the Chefs on the Farm fundraiser is completely SOLD OUT!  On behalf of everyone who benefits from our farm to school programs (such as these adorable kids posing with lettuce), a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased tickets--we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Because we are sold out, people who have not already purchased/reserved tickets will not be able to buy them at the door.  Out of respect for the chefs and farmers who are donating the nights dinner, we cannot serve more people than they have prepared to serve.  Thank you for understanding.

Didnt buy a ticket, but still want to support Working Landscapes?  Thank you, we love you!  You can always donate on our website (workinglandscapesnc.org) or by contacting our office (252-257-0205).  Want to be notified about future Working Landscapes happenings?  Contact us to sign up for our email list.

Thank you to all who came out last night for our September Community Dinner! We had an evening full of great conversation and a delicious meal prepared completely with locally raised and grown ingredients!

A special thank you to Crystal Smith from Warren County Cooperative Extension for joining us. She spoke to us about the importance of cooking with fresh, healthy, local ingredients, and she shared some recipes that the whole family can work together to prepare!

Next month, Community Dinner will resume as usual on the second Wednesday of the month, October 10th. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Thank you to all who came out last night for our September Community Dinner! We had an evening full of great conversation and a delicious meal prepared completely with locally raised and grown ingredients!

A special thank you to Crystal Smith from Warren County Cooperative Extension for joining us. She spoke to us about the importance of cooking with fresh, healthy, local ingredients, and she shared some recipes that the whole family can work together to prepare! 

Next month, Community Dinner will resume as usual on the second Wednesday of the month, October 10th.Image attachment

There are only a few more days left to get your tickets to Chefs on the Farm ! Tickets are on sale now through THIS SUNDAY, September 30! Tickets can be purchased here: www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=48914532684

Meet one of the fabulous chefs participating in this event:

Serge Falcon-Vigne – Saint Jacques French Cuisine

A native of Grenoble, France, Serge Falcoz-Vigne started his cooking apprenticeship at the age of 16. He then went to Paris, and after several years of cooking as a sous chef, his dream became a reality. He owned and operated a restaurant in Paris called Au Passé Retrouvé. When the restaurant was sold in 2007, Serge and his wife Samantha decided to move across the pond to her hometown in Raleigh with their son, Jack.

Serge first established himself in the U.S. as executive chef for 411 West in Chapel Hill. He’s since furthered his career working in this capacity for Raleigh restaurants 518 West and 18 Seaboard. Now, he is the chef and GM of Saint Jacques, where he enjoys offering his guests the most authentic French experience possible. His passion is to create new recipes based on classic, traditional cuisine using modern and local flavors with century-old techniques.

This is a special evening of field-to-plate pairings: preparations of local farm harvests by top chefs and beverage professionals from Warren County and the Triangle. Working Landscapes has teamed up with Warren Estate, an event venue in southern Warren County, to host this fundraising dinner on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. You’ll love the food, the drinks and the beautiful location, all while supporting a great cause! See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

There are only a few more days left to get your tickets to Chefs on the Farm ! Tickets are on sale now through THIS SUNDAY, September 30! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=48914532684

Meet one of the fabulous chefs participating in this event:

Serge Falcon-Vigne - Saint Jacques French Cuisine

A native of Grenoble, France, Serge Falcoz-Vigne started his cooking apprenticeship at the age of 16. He then went to Paris, and after several years of cooking as a sous chef, his dream became a reality. He owned and operated a restaurant in Paris called Au Passé Retrouvé. When the restaurant was sold in 2007, Serge and his wife Samantha decided to move across the pond to her hometown in Raleigh with their son, Jack. 

Serge first established himself in the U.S. as executive chef for 411 West in Chapel Hill. He’s since furthered his career working in this capacity for Raleigh restaurants 518 West and 18 Seaboard. Now, he is the chef and GM of Saint Jacques, where he enjoys offering his guests the most authentic French experience possible. His passion is to create new recipes based on classic, traditional cuisine using modern and local flavors with century-old techniques.

This is a special evening of field-to-plate pairings: preparations of local farm harvests by top chefs and beverage professionals from Warren County and the Triangle.  Working Landscapes has teamed up with Warren Estate, an event venue in southern Warren County, to host this fundraising dinner on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  Youll love the food, the drinks and the beautiful location, all while supporting a great cause!

Time is running out to purchase tickets for Chefs on the Farm, our fall fundraiser! If you have yet to purchase your tickets to this can’t-miss event, you can buy them HERE: www.eventbrite.com/e/chefs-on-the-farm-tickets-48914532684

Today we’d like to introduce you to one of the farmers making this event possible:

Martez Alston – AAA Farm and Ranch.

Martez is donating pasture-raised pork for the evening’s menu! You’ll find it on pizzas prepared by Teddy Diggs of Coronato.

Martez raises happy hogs in the woods on his family farm in Warren County, where he also raises cattle and small grains. We are so appreciative of Martez and the other farmers who are contributing to this event. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Time is running out to purchase tickets for Chefs on the Farm, our fall fundraiser! If you have yet to purchase your tickets to this cant-miss event, you can buy them HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chefs-on-the-farm-tickets-48914532684

Today wed like to introduce you to one of the farmers making this event possible: 

Martez Alston - AAA Farm and Ranch.  

Martez is donating pasture-raised pork for the evenings menu!  Youll find it on pizzas prepared by Teddy Diggs of Coronato.

Martez raises happy hogs in the woods on his family farm in Warren County, where he also raises cattle and small grains.  We are so appreciative of Martez and the other farmers who are contributing to this event.

 

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I am asking our family members to support Carla and Gabe’s fund raiser. Please get your tickets right away. If you need help with this, call me at 252 204 9063.

Time is running out to purchase tickets for Chefs on the Farm, our fall fundraiser! If you have yet to purchase your tickets to this can’t-miss event, you can buy them HERE: www.eventbrite.com/e/chefs-on-the-farm-tickets-48914532684

Meet another one of our participating chefs:

Kevin Smith – 41Hundred

Chef Kevin Smith was born and raised in northern Virginia, right outside of Washington D.C., where his love for food and family developed. His mother, an Italian woman with a passion for cooking, instilled in Chef Kevin the importance of preparing delicious meals for those you love at an early age. Inspired by his family and the unique cultural diversity that makes up the D.C. area’s food and beverage scene, Chef Kevin was drawn to culinary school after moving to the Raleigh, N.C. area in his early twenties. He attended and graduated from Wake Technical Community College’s culinary school with high accolades and immersed himself in the vastly growing food and beverage scene of downtown Raleigh. He has served in roles as Sous Chef for Empire Eats’ Sitti and Sous Chef for North Carolina State University’s Alumni Club.

He later began working for Concord Hotels and was transferred to a hotel in Las Vegas, where he was recognized by his company for food and beverage excellence. He returned to Raleigh with his wife and daughter, quickly beginning to leave his mark at 41Hundred, the restaurant and lounge located inside the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. Chef Kevin most recently was promoted from Executive Sous Chef to Executive Chef of 41Hundred in spring 2018.

Not only has Chef Kevin earned recognition within his company, but in his community as well; he is a two-time Midtown Iron Chef Competition winner. Chef Kevin brings his passion for cultivating creative menus that reflect the comforts of international and domestic cuisine on a level that not only touches the stomach, but a nostalgic part of the heart. See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Time is running out to purchase tickets for Chefs on the Farm, our fall fundraiser! If you have yet to purchase your tickets to this cant-miss event, you can buy them HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chefs-on-the-farm-tickets-48914532684

Meet another one of our participating chefs: 

Kevin Smith - 41Hundred

Chef Kevin Smith was born and raised in northern Virginia, right outside of Washington D.C., where his love for food and family developed.  His mother, an Italian woman with a passion for cooking, instilled in Chef Kevin the importance of preparing delicious meals for those you love at an early age. Inspired by his family and the unique cultural diversity that makes up the D.C. area’s food and beverage scene, Chef Kevin was drawn to culinary school after moving to the Raleigh, N.C. area in his early twenties. He attended and graduated from Wake Technical Community College’s culinary school with high accolades and immersed himself in the vastly growing food and beverage scene of downtown Raleigh. He has served in roles as Sous Chef for Empire Eats’ Sitti and Sous Chef for North Carolina State Universitys Alumni Club.

He later began working for Concord Hotels and was transferred to a hotel in Las Vegas, where he was recognized by his company for food and beverage excellence. He returned to Raleigh with his wife and daughter, quickly beginning to leave his mark at 41Hundred, the restaurant and lounge located inside the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. Chef Kevin most recently was promoted from Executive Sous Chef to Executive Chef of 41Hundred in spring 2018. 

Not only has Chef Kevin earned recognition within his company, but in his community as well; he is a two-time Midtown Iron Chef Competition winner. Chef Kevin brings his passion for cultivating creative menus that reflect the comforts of international and domestic cuisine on a level that not only touches the stomach, but a nostalgic part of the heart.

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