Saltwater Connections is a regional initiative aimed at sustaining livelihoods, cultural heritage, and natural resources along North Carolina’s central coast, from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke and Down East Carteret County.

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  • As Millennials Make College Decisions, 130+ Universities turn to Real Food Calculator
    April 23, 2014
    This winter at the University of Louisville, students began combing through reams of invoices from U of L’s $2.7 million food budget to assess exactly how much money is being devoted to local farms – as well as fairly trade, ecologically sound and humane farms and food businesses –  and how they could be doing ...
  • High school earns GAP certification for school farm
    April 23, 2014
    North Stokes High School agriculture students and their classmates get to eat the fruits of the ag students’ labor now that the school farm has earned its Good Agricultural Practices certification. The school is the first in the state to earn this certification, which means the lettuce and other fruits and vegetables grown on the farm ...
  • ECU voices of Dare County residents coming to Hatteras Island on April 22
    April 21, 2014
    On Tuesday, April 22, Christine Avenarius, associate professor of Anthropology at East Carolina University, will hold a press briefing and deliver a report on research conducted in the summer of 2013. The briefing starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Avon Fire Department, 40159 Harbor Rd., Avon. The report titled “In their Own ...
  • Saving a Piece of Down East Carteret
    April 19, 2014
    There’s really no telling how many clams and scallops Elmer Willis shipped out of the now derelict cinder block building that sits on the bulge of a sharp curve along U.S. 70 in eastern Carteret County.   “Millions, maybe?” speculates his daughter Nancy Lewis.   Enough, notes Jonathan Robinson, to make Willis Brothers Seafood for decades one of the ...
    April 10, 2014
    Storytelling helps your servers sell your food to diners. Now, you just have to get the story outside the four walls of your restaurant. Stories are so vital to our world because they are what we remember. We don’t remember data, nor do we remember facts and figures. Not unless they’re tied to a story. And so, the ...
  • Councils, Common Purpose, and Collaboration
    April 10, 2014
    It is for this very reason–the need to create common purpose across stakeholders–that community food councils are springing up across North Carolina and across the United States. Communities are realizing that the different parts of the local food system (including local governments) need to come together and develop a common purpose so they can act together to ...
  • USDA Highlights Importance of Food Hubs to Rural Economies, Announces Partnership to Develop National Guide on Building Successful Food Hubs
    April 10, 2014
    At the National Good Food Network’s 2014 Food Hub Collaboration Conference, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today a cooperative agreement with to develop a national guide on “Building Successful Food Hubs.” Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Doug O’Brien also spoke at the conference, which brings together people and resources dedicated to supporting the ...

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