NC State Extension

Strong Communities

“Food can be a common and unifying force socially, culturally, and spiritually. A strong food system builds strong communities across class, race, age, education, and other social categories. Cultivating leadership from within a community and forging relationships based on characteristics such as trust, respect, and transparency can strengthen resilience, build capacity and enhance engagement for change toward a shared vision of whole community.” (Whole Measures for Community Food Systems)

Other resources:

  • Community Voices
    “Community Voices develops leaders at the grassroots level. The program is designed to help limited-resource and other non-traditional leaders and organizations develop skills to solve problems in their communities.”
  • Local Food in Rural Western North Carolina, Opportunities and Challenges, 2013
    “Summary of presentation by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Executive Director, Charlie Jackson, at the ‘Local Food in Rural WNC Forum.'”
  • Placemaking
    Local food systems development is very place-based. “What works in one community, may not in another, but it is nonetheless important to see what is working elsewhere to see if it can be adapted to work where you live.” N.C. Cooperative Extension Community and Rural Development Agents can share information on the Art of Placemaking: