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>
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What’s on your summer grill? How about some delicious, local, pasture-raised pork? Bratwurst links, breakfast links, breakfast sausage, and Italian sausage are now available in the frozen section at a convenience store near you! Brought to you exclusively by Working Landscapes, these products are made with pork from Matt Hight in Macon, NC.
Locations include Bradberry Grocery (near Red Oak/Nashville), Neighborhood Grocery and Sabaa Grocery & Grill (Rocky Mount), and Washburn’s Marina on Lake Gaston. These products are only available for a limited time—so swing by and pick up some for your family today! … See MoreSee Less
Big thank you to the What’s Growing On students at Bearfield Primary School for sending us these lovely thank you notes! Students at two Hertford County elementary schools—Bearfield and Riverview—received monthly deliveries of seasonal, local produce and What’s Growing On lessons designed to get them excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables and thinking about food systems. We are so glad that they enjoyed it! … See MoreSee Less
Please welcome our new Food Hub Manager, Scott Rogers! Scott brings extensive foodservice experience to Working Landscapes; most recently, he owned and operated the popular Horseshoe restaurant in South Hill, VA. At The Horseshoe, Scott focused on sourcing local as much as he could, and has always been excited about meeting and getting to know farmers and growers, and learning about their product. Scott says he has a lot to learn about the work, but he’s glad to be doing it with Working Landscapes. We’re glad he’s working with us, too! … See MoreSee Less
So glad to see you working with my friends. Good luck.
Loved The Horseshoe.
During the spring of 2018, Working Landscapes held a training to help growers transition into the wholesale produce market. We were able to provide several small grants to growers to invest in on-farm infrastructure projects that would help them grow and expand their ability to produce quality, local foods. Ronnie Voss – a shiitake mushroom grower based in Warren County – was a recipient of one of our grants who was able to make some major changes in the way his farm operates. Ronnie used his funding to purchase gravel which he placed underneath his raised mushroom logs that sit on top of wooden posts run through concrete blocks. This method of covering the ground under raised mushroom logs keeps slugs and other pests from infesting the logs while also making it easier for Ronnie to access the mushrooms growing on his logs. Check out some of the photos we took of Ronnie’s operation below! … See MoreSee Less
the Southern Virginia Food Hub, Inc. dba Makers Market would like to buy mushrooms from him!!
This past Wednesday, we celebrated the 2 year anniversary of Northside Community Dinners! Over that time, we’ve shared 24 free community meals featuring locally sourced produce and meats, and we’ve purchased over 700 lbs of produce from local farmers for folks to take home and enjoy. Community Dinners happen through a partnership between Working Landscapes, Warren Plains United Methodist Church, Warren Plains Baptist Church, and Jerusalem United Methodist Church, and take place in the cafeteria at Northside K-8 in Norlina on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6-7:30pm. … See MoreSee Less
I agree Danylu Hundley!! This is an awesome event that brings people together. Truly, people need to know the value of eating healthy and fresh foods. It is really vital to illness free living. Thank you to all churches, farmers, workers, donors, and Working Landscapes.
I appreciate all of the cooperation among the churches and Working Landscapes. This is one of the best projects I have seen in so long! It is God’s work through you all!
We are excited to share that we will be hosting Chefs on the Farm for a second year! The event will take place on September 29th at 4:00 PM at Warren Estate in Afton. Chefs on the Farm is a farm-to-fork dinner that pairs Warren County farmers with local and Triangle-based chefs to create small plates, cocktails, and desserts for attendees. Please save the date for this ticketed event and stay tuned for more updates. … See MoreSee Less
Working Landscapes was pleased to join leaders across the Kerr-Tar region to start planning a regional food strategy last week! We are excited about opportunities for the Kerr-Tar region to feed itself and its neighbors. We co-sponsored the event with the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments, Green Rural Redevelopment (GRRO), NC Rural Center, and Community Food Strategies. … See MoreSee Less
Check out these kids at Vance-Granville Community College Day Care working in their school garden! The students here planted peppers, tomatoes, herbs, flowers, and more, and will be able to care for their plants and watch them grow day by day. Working Landscapes was happy to support this school garden by providing organic soil for their raised beds, plus a variety of plant starts and seeds.
We think it’s so important for kids to be engaged in outdoor activities like gardening, not only because it’s fun, but it also provides valuable learning experiences by connecting kids to their food, teaching kids to be environmental stewards, and enforcing important skills like responsibility, consistency, and patience. Plus, kids are actually excited to eat veggies that they grew, which can lead to healthier habits later in life! … See MoreSee Less
This past Saturday, June 1st was Warren County’s second annual Public Arts Day! Working Landscapes, with support from the Warren County Arts Council NC and the North Carolina Arts Council, hosted the Warren County Farm Portraits event which funded four artists to depict 11 farms from across Warren County. The artists that we worked with – Jaffa Graves, Jereann King Johnson, Jane Steelman, and Angela Whitney – produced 23 pieces of art across different mediums such as painting, photography, and quilting. The set of artwork was viewed by around 80 people over the course of the day and attendees were offered lunch catered by Honey’s Kitchen and a Q&A session with the artists. We want to send out a big thank you to all the folks who came out to the event and who made Public Arts Day a success in Warren County. … See MoreSee Less
For our Haliwa-Saponi neighbors in Halifax and Warren Counties and for any other Native folks in our network: check out this opportunity for Native youth to learn more about their agricultural heritage, food culture, and power at the 2019 Eastern Native Youth Food Sovereignty Summit in Maine. The Intertribal Agriculture Council, Aroostook Band of Micmacs, and Natural Resources Conservation Service are hosting this summit for Native youth to learn about traditional and modern agriculture and environmental management skills, including harvesting traditional medicinal plants, canoeing, smoking fish, and exploring Micmac Farms. All accepted youth attend the event free of charge: travel, lodging, meals, and activities are included. The summit will take place from August 1st – 5th and all Native youth ages 14-22 residing or affiliated with a tribe in the Eastern Region (Maine to Louisiana).
The Warren County Farm Portraits gallery is open from now until 2 at the Warren County Memorial Library! We will be serving lunch at 12:00 and will have a questions and answers session with three of the artists that we worked with at 1:00. We hope to see you today! … See MoreSee Less
Last week our What’s Going On initiative visited Vaughan Elementary School and introduced the Boys and Girls Club to Romaine Lettuce from Fresh-Pik in Kenly, NC. Each month we source and taste test locally grown fruits and vegetables in our local schools to help encourage children to try healthy options in their diet. We encourage you to include locally sourced products when available and reimagine how you present them to your children. … See MoreSee Less
Throughout May, we worked with Beth and Linden from Food Insight Group (FIG) to pilot delicious, pasture-raised meats (pork meatballs, pulled pork, and beef sliders) at 10 schools in Orange, Halifax, and Bertie counties. It looks like these Bertie County students enjoyed their samples!
Of course we couldn’t have accomplished this without the help of all of the wonderful, hard-working child nutrition personnel, as well as meat suppliers Matt Hight and Firsthand Foods. … See MoreSee Less
Farming has always involved risk, but farming in the era of climate change is going to be truly daunting. This article describes how eleven food crops across the United States are being affected by the changing climate. All of us who work in food need to be working on how to prepare for these new fluctuations. … See MoreSee Less
Working Landscapes is pleased to be co-sponsoring a regional food policy convening on June 4. This is a chance for people who care about food access, local agriculture, and an inclusive food system to provide input into the development of a coordinated food strategy for the Kerr-Tar region (Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties). The Council of Governments will take each participant’s input into account when developing the regional strategy.