Next Third Thursday Yule Market is December 21st!
Over six years ago, a vision took root: to cultivate a sustainable agricultural community while preserving farmland in Jackson County. This aspiration gained momentum in August 2020, catalyzed by the pandemic and an opportune moment. WNC Farm to Table emerged modestly, initially delivering local farm produce to select restaurants and occasionally to The Community Table. However, our foundational vision was always rooted in preserving farmland and supporting local farmers and supporting projects that help achieve this vision.
Our primary mission beckons us back... supporting local farmers and producers, subsequently supporting farmland preservation. Our blueprint was designed with a philanthropic essence: an entity aimed at bolstering the local food ordering system, addressing food insecurity, and, crucially, sustaining local farmers. This framework fosters a supportive community that aids farmers and producers in navigating various assistance programs available in farming and food production.
Aid in grant writing, resource development, training sessions, and guidance for farmers, including youth programs in collaboration with local organizations like USDA, NCDA. Collaborates with the local Cooperative Extension Livestock Club.
Operates an online marketplace, FarmsSHARE, and farm-to-school programs to increase sales channels and address food insecurity.
Farm-To-Table Dinners, Farmers Markets, and Friends of Agriculture Breakfasts (future)
Efforts in preserving agricultural land, supporting local food systems, raising awareness. Involves collaborating with organizations, organizing events, promoting conservation easements, and engaging in public outreach.
Identifying missing agriculture markets, supporting initiatives to establish businesses to address these gaps.
We recognize the vital role farming plays in Appalachia and are committed to safeguarding our limited farmland. It's crucial to support our local economy by nurturing and preserving these essential agricultural spaces.
By creating increased markets for farmers, we aim to conserve farmland while providing farmers with more income opportunities, enabling them to continue farming.
We prioritize keeping food dollars within Western North Carolina, strengthening our local economy and sustaining our communities.
We actively engage in fostering healthy initiatives and building collaborative partnerships with organizations in Jackson County and neighboring areas to further support our shared goals within the community, including our support for the Jackson County Food Council and the development of the commercial kitchen
We are dedicated to conserving the rich agricultural heritage and cultural traditions of Western North Carolina (WNC).