N.C. Cooperative Extension to Launch Eat Local Caldwell Campaign in October

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Do you love local food and supporting farmers? Then join us during the Eat Local Caldwell campaign this month to learn about local food producers in Caldwell County and up your local foods purchasing game!

N.C. Cooperative Extension in Caldwell County is partnering with the NC 10% Campaign and community partners to launch a local foods promotion campaign during October of 2018 called Eat Local Caldwell. The goal of Eat Local Caldwell is to increase knowledge among citizens, businesses, and community leaders about local foods in Caldwell County and to increase local foods purchasing during October and beyond.

During Eat Local Caldwell, look for information about the benefits of local food and purchasing local food on our Facebook page and information about local farms. Individuals are invited to participate by liking, commenting, or sharing these posts publicly, using #eatlocalcadlwell or #caldwelllocalfood in their posts. Those who participate will be entered to win prizes, donated by community partners. Community partners such as farms, food business, local government, or local business organizations are encouraged to share these posts publicly to help promote local foods awareness and purchasing in Caldwell County.

As part of the campaign, N.C. Cooperative Extension – Caldwell County and the NC 10% Campaign generated a Caldwell County Local Foods Guide complete with a map of farms in the county that sell directly to Caldwell County consumers. This will feature farm information and locations. The guide will be available on the N.C. Cooperative Extension- Caldwell County Center website (Caldwell.ces.ncsu.edu) and hard copies will be available at the Extension Center and through community partners across the county.

Local food business and community partners can also participate by signing up for the NC 10% campaign. It is free and easy! On this platform, individuals can report their local foods purchases and consumption on a weekly basis, with an ultimate goal of getting everyone to aim for growing or purchasing at least 10% of their food locally.

There are a number of new small farms and food businesses in Caldwell County that we will feature during the #eatlocalcaldwell campaign. Follow our Facebook posts this month to learn about them, how they support our community and economy. And, remember to like, comment, and share posts publicly to enter our local food giveaway contests!