We start with our community assets–land, people, and a strong connection to place–to make good things to happen in the Warren County, NC region!
We work with partners across the region to advance economic development, environmental resilience, and health in the rural communities we love. Most of our work focuses on building a stronger linkages between our rural communities and nearby urban areas: with our abundant farmland and knowledgeable farmers, we believe we can do a much better job of feeding ourselves and our more populous neighbors.
Working Landscapes is a regional leader in aligning stakeholders and decision makers across the food supply chain to achieve health, economic and social equity goals. This is called value-chain development or coordination. This multi-faceted work includes research and analysis to understand stakeholder perspectives and market opportunities, investment in value-added processing infrastructure (such as vegetable dicing equipment and cold storage), one-on-one work with farmers to meet food safety requirements, and ensuring that rural perspectives are represented within regional and statewide food systems programs.
While we have our own brand of value-added products that we produce, known as ByWay Foods, we work with everyone who is interested in getting locally grown foods into regional markets. Through What’s Growing On, we work in classrooms and in the community to engage children and adults in hands-on learning about growing and eating healthy, seasonal food. We also provide support to food entrepreneurs through Main Street Kitchen, a shared use kitchen. And, we are pleased to be partnering with Drip Coffee and Market, located in the front half of Main Street Kitchen, who has brought the cafe space to life and contributing to the vibrance of downtown.
A shared-use commercial kitchen for rent by the hour.
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.