Resident input wanted on locally grown foods

Aug. 26, 2014 @ 04:59 PM

Warren County residents have an opportunity to assist a campaign to promote locally grown foods.

It’s as simply as responding to eight items on an online survey.

Residents are invited to provide information about their buying habits and barriers to buying local foods by taking the survey at go.ncsu.edu/warrenlocalfood.

Paul McKenzie, horticulture agent for Warren County Cooperative Extension, said the survey is sponsored by a newly formed Local Foods Promotion Council.

“We want a sense of what the average consumer is doing related to locally grown foods,” he said. “Are they visiting farmers markets, roadside stands? What is the level of awareness?”

The council is made up of stakeholders across the food spectrum from producer to consumer. Serving on the council are representatives of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and county departments Economic Development, Cooperative Extension and the Health Department, as well as farmers and a chef. And, of course, all the members are consumers.

“The survey will give us a picture of where we are,” McKenzie said. “We’ll be exploring strategies to promote more consumption of local foods.”

The survey will be open through Sept. 2.

“The more input we have, the better,” McKenzie said.

 

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