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Research Reports

Here you will find essays, articles, and reports written by the Local Food Research Center staff on timely food system topic and issues. This page is a space for us to reflect on the directions of the food movement, share insights into our theory of food system change, comment on movement strategies, and critically assess methodologies and approaches.


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Complete Archive

CONNECT Our Future Action Plan for Food Systems Improvement


Southern Tier West Best Practices for Brand Management


Local Food and Farm Assessment: Avery, Rutherford, and Yancey Counties


Standards and Expectations of North Carolina Food Buyers


Sharing the Harvest: A Guide to Bridging the Divide Between Farmers Markets and Low-Income Shoppers


Non-Profit Food Hubs: Summary of Economic Viability


Large Animal Meat Processing Feasibility in Western North Carolina


Food and Farm Assessment for a 5-County Region in the Southern Appalachians: Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, and Johnson County


A Survey of Consumer Behavior and Perceptions: Findings from a Spring 2011 Survey of Primary Household Food Shoppers in Western North Carolina


Local Food and Farm Assessment: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina



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