The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is a joint partnership between North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.
This position is associated with a USDA/University of Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) grant entitled “Quantifying the Multiplier Effect: What Sustainable Local Foods Systems Can Mean to Local Communities”. This position will provide essential follow-up on the findings of the aforementioned survey by investigations, in a much more qualitative way, what specific barriers exist as well as identifying the pragmatic ways producers can transition their current practices into more locally focused food systems, including participating with, collaborating and driving the existing marketing campaigns such as Piedmont Grown. This could mean determining what infrastructure needs to be in place to make the move to “local supply chains” as more feasible ventures to move forward with. The results of this work would be to establish a strategic plan as to how the producers in this region can tap into local supply chains and link-up with regional focused marketing efforts for their benefit.