Piedmont Local Foods is a regional project of multiple counties, though it's based in Rockingham County. Piedmont Local Foods connects farmers directly to consumers using modern technology and central drop-off/pick-up locations. Consumers place their food orders via the Piedmont Local Foods website; farmers receive the order and the order goes to a distribution center, where it's put in the consumers' individual boxes which then gets delivered to a pick-up location.
Any farmer can be a member and membership is $25.00 a year. All member farmers receive a barcode printer, so when they receive an order, they print the barcode to match the order, which is scanned at the distribution center and everything's kept track of for farmer and consumer!
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The Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund (TCRF) assists farmers in developing new sources of agricultural income through provision of cost-share grants. This story is part of a series documenting innovative farmers throughout the state of North Carolina. This program is made possible with support from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.
Photography, audio, and production by Alix Blair.