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Information, resources and links on facilitating and supporting community and youth local foods programs. Materials range from youth-empowered projects, leader guides for engaging youth and community members with farm-to-school and community gardens, and other community-based local food tools and program examples.

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Students in High Point plant garlic with Guilford Cooperative Extension

The links below will direct you to resources, tools and programs on each of the specific topics

  • Farm to SchoolFarm to School is a movement that strives to build a youth’s connection to healthy, local food through school gardening, farm field trips, hands-on cooking and nutrition and local sourcing of fresh fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias.
  • Farm to Early Childcare Education (ECE): Farm to Early Childhood Education is a movement working to build pre-K children’s connection to healthy, local food through similar means as Farm to School in child care settings.
  • Farm to Fork Camp: Farm to Fork Camp is a collaborative program between 4-H, FCS, and Agriculture to teach youth (8-18) where their food comes from and how to prepare meals using fresh items from the farm.
  • Community GardensA community garden is ”any piece of land gardened by a group of people.” (North Carolina Community Garden Partners). Dig into the organizations and programs that support community gardens throughout North Carolina.

Youth ProgramsNorth Carolina Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program has been linking youth to fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy animals and other agricultural systems for over 100 years.

  • NC 4-H Grow for It Program focuses on plant-based education, emphasizing horticulture, agronomy, soil science and entomology
  • NC 4-H Youth Livestock Program provides opportunities for youth to learn about livestock animals, including goat, sheep, beef and swine.
  • NC 4-H Dairy Program offers learning experiences with Dairy Cattle.
  • NC 4-H Poultry Program has numerous opportunities and materials to support youth poultry programs.
  • The Food Youth Initiative (FYI) is a project housed at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), and carried out with many community partners, with the mission of envisioning and supporting the advancement of a just food system where youth envision and support the advancement of a just food system.

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N.C. Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Programs

A group of school gardeners celebrating their gardening success!

A group of school gardeners celebrating their gardening success!

Primary Contacts:
Liz Driscoll
4-H Youth Subject-Matter Specialist
Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology and Plant Pathology and Horticulture Science
NC State University / N.C. Cooperative Extension
 / 919.513.7346

Remi Ham
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University / N.C. Cooperative Extension / 919.515.5373

Written By

Joanna Lelekacs, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionJoanna LelekacsExtension Local Food Flagship Program Manager Call Joanna Email Joanna ANR/CRD
NC State Extension, NC State University

Contributing Author

Liz Driscoll, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLiz Driscoll4-H Specialist Crop & Soil Sciences, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Horticulture Call Liz Email Liz Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
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