The following Policy Briefs synthesize research and knowledge on policy and practice issues of importance to food councils in the Carolinas. They bring together information, research and evidence related to food and agricultural issues. The companion Advocacy Resource provide tips and talking points for food councils, community groups and individuals who may want to advocate for adoption of specific policies or practices.
Agricultural Development and Farm Preservation Trust Funds
Traditional financing for conservation efforts, food and farming entrepreneurs, local supply chain and community food system projects is limited, and many federal grant programs require matching funds. Funds to buy conservation easements, for projects that improve local and regional food systems and infrastructure, and financing to support agricultural and food businesses are all badly needed at the local level. An Agricultural Development and Farm Preservation Trust Fund is one policy tool that counties can use to raise money for these types of projects.
Backyard Chickens in the City
Chickens provide a plethora of benefits: eggs as an affordable and nutritious source of food, fertilizer for gardens, sustainability via local food production, education for young people, family pets, and a way to kill agricultural pests. Policy solutions that alleviate public nuisance concerns by keeping the chickens safe and in good health allow individuals and families in municipalities to successfully raise chickens. These documents highlight reasonable and practical policies for the allowance of backyard chickens within city or town limits. The accompanying info-graphic is an additional tool for your advocacy efforts. Thanks to the UNC Public Policy Capstone Program and students Doug Powell and Lara Handelsman for their work on these documents.
Community Agriculture on Public Land
Resilient urban ecosystems that encourage small-scale agriculture production for health and economic prosperity highlight an essential opportunity in North Carolina. Communities across the state contain unoccupied, publicly owned urban land that could be utilized for sustainable regional food systems. Community agriculture can be used to bridge socioeconomic divides and create short and long-term positive economic and social impacts. These documents highlight policy solutions that municipalities can enact to support community agriculture efforts. Thanks to the UNC Public Policy Capstone Program and students Hailey Peacock and Samantha Galina for their work on these documents.