2017 Statewide Food Council Gathering

It’s time for another Statewide Food Council Gathering to celebrate the successes of the growing network of food councils across North Carolina!  Join us in building a network, strategy, and collective skills to improve our community’s food system.

This event is being hosted in collaboration with the North Carolina Local Food Council and several local food councils across North Carolina.

Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2017 || WinMock, Bermuda Run, NC

Schedule   ||   Registration & Scholarships   ||  Speakers  ||  Sessions  ||  Location

View the full program!


THURSDAY, November 30th

9:00am – 5:00pm Registration

10:00 – 11:15am Welcome and Grounding Session

11:15 – 11:30am Break

11:30 – 12:15pm Regional Kickoff  

  • Connect with others in one of six North Carolina regions – Charlotte Area, Northeast, Southeast, Triangle, Triad, and Western

12:30pm Lunch & Keynote Address

2:00 – 3:15pm Concurrent sessions 

3:15 – 3:30pm Break

3:30 – 4:45pm Concurrent sessions

5:00pm Group Photo

5:00 – 7:00pm Resource Fair / Gathering Reception, on the East Terrace

NC Community Foundation USDA Rural Development
Resourceful Communities Rural Center
Natural Capital Investment Fund Appalachian Regional Commission
Self-Help Credit Union Carolina Farm Credit
Center for Environmental Farming Systems NC Cooperative Extension Local Foods Flagship Program
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Circle Forward Partners
Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)

7:30pm Evening Social at Fiddlin’ Fish Brewery in Winston Salem

FRIDAY, December 1st

8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast & Registration

8:45am Morning Welcome

9:00 – 10:15am Concurrent sessions

10:15 – 10:30am Break

10:30 – 11:45am Concurrent sessions

12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch & Ignite Presentations (5-minute stories from NC Food Councils)

  • Cecelia Polanco, So Good Pupusas
  • Jenn Weaver, Orange County Food Council
  • Henry Crews, Green Rural Redevelopment Organization (GRRO)
  • Grace Kanoy, Davidson County Local Food Systems Network
  • Kathy Metzo, Charlotte Mecklenberg Food Policy Council
  • Carl Vierling, Greater High Point Food Alliance

1:30pm Group Photo

1:45 – 2:30pm Regional Meetings

  • Connect with others in one of six North Carolina regions – Charlotte Area, Northeast, Southeast, Triangle, Triad, and Western

2:30 – 2:45pm Break

2:45 – 3:15pm Closing Remarks


Community Food Strategies will be sponsoring up to two people from each food council to attend, which will include registration, travel for one vehicle, and one hotel room. More information on the Registration page.


We are inviting organizations and businesses to support this event with financial sponsorship.  We are open to creative ideas for sponsors to contribute and add value to this event.  See the varying sponsorship levels and benefits here.  Please contact Gini Knight at (919) 515-5362 or at gini_knight@ncsu.edu with questions or ideas.

Special thanks to our event sponsors:

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