What is a food system? And how do we work to rebuild one?
The food system is how food gets from the farm to your fork. It includes all the steps along the way: growing, transporting, processing, selling, and consuming food. To rebuild the local food system, Working Landscapes:
- Helps connect small farmers to regional customers
- Develops facilities and relationships that enable local food processing and transportation
- Increases consumers’ access to locally-grown food
What are the benefits of a local food system?
- A stronger local economy: farmers reach new markets with higher value crops, food businesses create new jobs, dollars circulate locally
- A healthier population: kids and families have increased access to healthy, local foods •
- A healthier environment: reducing long-distance food transportation decreases consumption of fossil fuels
Where We Work
In previously-vacant buildings in downtown Warrenton, NC, we have developed a food hub where local farm products are processed and distributed to regional consumers. Partnering with school districts across northeastern North Carolina, we work in cafeterias and classrooms to educate and excite students about healthy, local eating and active living.
We currently focus on rebuilding the local food system and increasing access to healthy, local food in our region. Through this work, we are helping to bring new life to downtown Warrenton by turning underutilized buildings into ventures that add value to locally grown meat and produce, and helping to reconnect our small town with the surrounding agricultural landscape.
Our programs offer creative and hands-on approaches to rebuilding the local food economy in the Warren County, NC region. Much of our work is accomplished through the Working Landscapes Food Hub, a pair of food processing facilities in downtown Warrenton that connect farmers and consumers. Read more about our programs below, and find out how to get involved in our work.
A café serving locally-sourced food; a shared-use kitchen; a coffee shop and community gathering space.
Produce from local farms, chopped and bagged in Warrenton for convenient preparation in cafeterias; healthy food on kids’ lunch plates.
Teaching kids about seasonal, local produce and the farmers who grow it.
Involving Warren County students in growing and preparing healthy, local food.