UNCW S.E.L.F . UNCW S tudents E ating L ocal F oods. What is UNCW S.E.L.F ? . UNCW S.E.L.F is a community movement originating in the Public Sociology Senior Seminar class dedicated to bringing awareness to the UNCW community about: -access to local food
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UNCW S.E.L.F is
a community movement originating in the Public Sociology Senior Seminar class dedicated to bringing awareness to the UNCW community about:
-access to local food
-promoting a better relationship between local farmers and consumers
in the 6 county region of New Hanover, Brunswick, Bladen, PenderColumbus and Robeson Counties
Economic, Political, Social & Environmental
Strains our local economies
Food travels 1500 miles on average
The corporate food chain is so long no one can be sure of where or how their food was grown
1 in 4 people suffer from food poisoning every year
Local Food System
Implies pesticide free
Know your farmer; know your food
Sense of community
Lower environmental impactThe Current Food System
1. Locally grown food tastes better
2. Local produce is better for you
3. Local food preserves genetic diversity
4. Local food is GMO free
5. Local food supports local farm families
6. Local food builds community
7. Local food preserves open space
8. Local food keeps your taxes in check
9. Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife
10. Local food is about the future “preserving farms and food for tomorrow”
(Adapted from Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)
Here are just a few of the schools…
North Carolina State University
Georgetown Law Center
The Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems (SENCFS) Project is a partnership of public and private institutions and agencies among six counties along and adjoining the I-74 corridor east of I-95. Southeastern NC is the most ethnically diverse region in North Carolina and in Rural America; it is also one of the three major regions of persistent poverty in North Carolina. The SENCFS includes both rural and urban counties in order to maximize market opportunities and profits from the sales of local farm products for both local and regional markets. Please join us in making available local food a reality in Southeastern North Carolina.
These are the products currently made available by surveyed farmers in the six county region.
These are sustainability factors that were included in the survey, relative to farming practices. Farmers were asked to rank them accordingly.
Majority of producers utilize multiple-sale strategies in order to optimize farm profits.
“… farming is not an overnight (process), you just don’t snap your fingers and you got potatoes or beans or what have you… it takes time… and Mother nature is always unpredictable… you never know, there ain’t no guarantees…”
“…we need more advertisement and more than two farmers markets…a lot of people don’t know where the markets are, the state could put more signs…”
Price and freshness/quality of the product were the most important factors to restaurants
Interest in an Institutional Buying System by Restaurant Type
84% of independently owned restaurants and 76% of franchises were interested in an institutional buying system
“Local vendors are outrageously expensive”
When asked about factors that prevent them from buying locally, restaurants cited cost as a major concern. Transportation/delivery of products is another concern. Chefs must be able to have food delivered to the establishments, but local vendors are unable to provide this service. “I don’t have the time in the day to pick up products across town,” voiced one buyer.
Of the restaurants that buy locally, 69% buy seafood locally (with our close proximity to the ocean) and 69% buy produce locally
68% of the respondents said that there are foods that have been eliminated from their diet because of cost, transportation or availability.
Selected 3 Low-Income neighborhoods in New Hanover County:
Houston Moore Area (HM)
North Side Area (NS)
Carolina Beach Road (CB) – Large Latino Population
Mapped Proximity of Neighborhoods to Supermarkets:
Analyzed Bus Routes to Supermarkets
Documented Experiences on Bus Routes
Measured Frequency of Bus Arrivals and Travel Time
Compared the accessibility of super-markets to a wealthy, gated-community
Residents in the Study Area are more reliant on public transportation and have less vehicle ownership than New Hanover County Residents as a whole