Interest in locally produced food has grown over the past two decades, and the pandemic has brought more attention to this important segment of North Carolina’s agriculture industry. But it’s also brought challenges and opportunities. Find out more in this episode of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Farms, Food and You podcast.
Whitney and Isaiah Allen own and operate the 20-acre Rocky Run Farm in Mebane, North Carolina, producing an array of produce, meat and flowers for the local market. Isaiah is also executive chef and co-owner of The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw in Alamance County.
Kathryn Boys, an associate professor and department extension leader with North Carolina State University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, analyzes problems and policies related to the economics of food safety and quality and studies the links between food systems and economic development and human health.
Hannah Dankbar is manager of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s local food program, which promotes the production, marketing and consumption of foods produced within North Carolina. To achieve the program’s goal, Dankbar works with a team of experts from NC State and North Carolina A&T State universities and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems as well as county Extension agents and others partners throughout the state.