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Friday, January 21, 2011

NC 10% Campaign

The 10% Campaign, a project of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), the Golden Leaf Foundation, and NC Cooperative Extension seeks to increase the purchase of locally grown foods by10%. According to an article in the NC Farm Bureau Magazine, they're off to a good start, signing up 1,700 individuals and 161 businesses who pledge to buy local. Local purchases are key drivers for many of the small fruit growers I work with. North Carolina is the 3rd largest strawberry producing state, but virtually all of the fruit we produce is consumed locally, unlike California and Florida, the two largest strawberry producers. In addition to strawberries, many of our blueberries, caneberries, and grapes (especially muscadines) are consumed within the state.

You can get involved by visiting the 10% Project's website and pledging to purchase. They'll help folks out by providing information on where to find local foods and what's in season as well as tracking individual and statewide progress.

More information
10% Campaign off to strong start - NC Farm Bureau Magazine
10% Campaign

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