Working Landscapes is a rural development organization that was founded in 2010 by Carla Norwood, PhD and Gabriel Cumming, PhD, as a way of investing in the future of Carla’s home community: rural Warren County, North Carolina. Our office is in a renovated, historic commercial building on Main Street in our county seat, Warrenton. Started in 2012, we repurposed another vacant downtown property—a former cotton gin and flour mill—to become our region’s first food hub.
Though we are rooted in Warren County, we believe that many pressing issues—from healthy food system development to climate change—are best addressed regionally. Our farm-to-fork value chains, educational programs, and research initiatives connect communities across our region and beyond. We provide research and stakeholder engagement services to other organizations as well.
Learn about our mission, vision, and values.
Meet our staff and board.
We gratefully acknowledge our funders.