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Food Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Why, What and How We Eat: Duke & Durham

New! Digging Durham Seed Library

Durham County Library’s Digging Durham Seed Library provides a repository for seeds and training for its patrons. 

Its missiion is to improve local sustainable food sources, enhance food security, develop local biodiversity and boost Durham’s foodie culture.

Opens for the spring season on March 4.

NC Cooperative Extension

North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCCES) is a university-based consumer education, information and research dept.  Resources include:

Slow Food in NC

NC has nine local chapters of Slow Food USA, supporting "good, clean and fair food." 

Slow Food Triangle "celebrates local food and the people who grow and make it."

Many of the state's Slow Food chapters have local food events and offer directories to restaurants that feature locally sourced food.

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

CEFS is a partnership between NCSU, N.C. A & T and the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS).

Its mission is to develop and promote food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

See their action guide, "From Farm to Fork: A Guide to Building North Carolina's Sustainable Local Food Economy:"

At Duke

  • Duke Campus Farm, one-acre fruit and vegetable farm and educational facility that provides the Duke community with produce
  • Farmhand, Nicholas School student group that provides physical labor for local small-scale farmers that produce healthy food for the Durham/Triangle community