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.
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. We are working to shorten the distance food travels between being grown and being eaten, to include more of those steps along the way in our rural community (thus increasing the local economic impact), and helping school children make healthier eating choices.
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.