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.

What’s New

  • 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 ...
  • April 16 webinar — Using Participatory Design to Build & Enhance Community Gardens
    April 10, 2014
    This webinar will introduce the concept of participatory design as a tool in designing or re-designing community gardens as well as for group decision making for community garden management. Participants will leave the webinar with examples of ways that participatory design has been useful in existing community gardens, a sense of some occasions when participatory ...
  • Saltwater Connections: A Regional Community Initiative
    March 31, 2014
    The work of Saltwater Connections is the work of our 21 communities individually and together.  Saltwater Connections is here to complement and support – through networking and access to resources – activities that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of our communities while retaining the heritage, character, and quality of life that make our ...
  • Charlotte pair producing a map on North Carolina barbecue
    March 31, 2014
    Amanda Aileen Fisher and Paul Bright of Charlotte hope a map is pointing to their future. And it’s in barbecue. In a campaign on the website, they have raised more than $10,000 from over 300 supporters to create an ambitious map detailing every barbecue restaurant in North Carolina. Yes, that is a lot of barbecue restaurants. “We’re ...

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