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In an age where consumers turn to the internet to find local food, competency and confidence in online sales are critical to the successful producer’s work. This page provides resources and information to assist producers in creating an engaging online presence.

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Guides & Toolkits Programs
Videos Publications

:Guides & Toolkits

  • Online Sales Platforms for Direct to Consumer Sales: This two-page downloadable PDF from the Cooperative Extension Local Food Program provides a straightforward introduction to getting started with online sales, including questions to consider, a list of popular sale platforms (and their pros and cons), and contact information for additional questions.
  • Social & Online Media Guide: Building Farm & Food Business Websites: This guide from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems includes step-by-step instructions for building a website and details for using different social media platforms. Free and downloadable.
  • Direct Marketing of Specialty Food Products: This online, free curriculum from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Entrepreneurship program helps producers market their value-added products directly to consumers. Your name and email address will be required to access the curriculum.



  • MeatSuite: This a new online directory from NC Choices connects NC meat producers with consumers looking to buy meat in bulk. Producers can sign up to create a profile that will appear in the online directory.