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Carteret Local Food Network

Connecting local Carteret consumers with local Carteret farmers

Mission

The mission of CLFN is to protect and promote a local food system that builds community, supports the local economy, nurtures a healthy environment and produces healthy, delicious food!

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Stacy Zurek Macklin

Main address

PO Box 463

Beaufort, NC 28516 USA

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EIN

81-1345836

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need for Carteret Local Food Network’s Veggie Van Program is great. Our community has struggled with food equality and security for several years and its effects have been further amplified by recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence, changes in employment due to COVID-19, the increasing number of convenience stores and fast food restaurants being developed within our county, lack of public transportation, a low incidence of stores accepting federal SNAP/EBT (Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program/Electronics Benefits Transfer) within our area, and lack of education regarding ways to obtain and prepare healthy seasonal local foods. Statistics show that large portions of Carteret County are considered a food desert, which, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is identified as large proportion of households with low incomes, inadequate access to transportation, and a limited number of food retailers providing fresh produce and healthy groceries for a

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Veggie Van Mobile Market

The need for Carteret Local Food Network’s Veggie Van Program is great. Our community has struggled with food equality and security for several years and its effects have been further amplified by recent natural disasters such as Hurricane Florence, changes in employment due to COVID-19, the increasing number of convenience stores and fast food restaurants being developed within our county, lack of public transportation, a low incidence of stores accepting federal SNAP/EBT (Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program/Electronics Benefits Transfer) within our area, and lack of education regarding ways to obtain and prepare healthy seasonal local foods.

We work to fulfill our mission of protecting and promoting a local food system that builds community, supports the local economy, nurtures a healthy environment, and produces nutritious, delicious food by creating and implementing an innovative Veggie Van project that is an entirely new creation in our area, building upon the mobile market models that have already been shown to be successful in larger, less rural areas. We wish to share successes and troubleshoot challenges in food retail programming for lower-income, disadvantaged, elderly, or minority communities within our county, increasing food access, food security, and food equality throughout Eastern North Carolina.

Our Veggie Van Program will allow us to:

provide low-wealth, disadvantaged, elderly, or minority communities with access to healthy, fresh food at reasonable prices while creating new markets for local small- to mid-sized farmers;

supplement the Meals on Wheels program that delivers weekly in our area and to reduce the reliance on transportation to any church or other organizations that provide pantry services while increasing food access in our elderly or disadvantaged communities

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Age groups

Carteret Local Food Network is working to help our local farmers and our community as much as possible. With this goal in mind, we are offering a collection of fresh local produce brought closer to you and available for pickup in one of several convenient locations throughout the county.

Our CSA boxes are a little different: instead of ordering a box from a single farmer, CLFN focuses on the smaller farms by offering a box that is an assortment of items from multiple farmers. We don't want to compete with our farms that already offer CSAs - instead, we want to help the farmers who cannot yet independently sustain the challenges of keeping up with the quantity demands that can come with CSAs and still allow them to sell their produce to our community in a way that might be more manageable on a smaller scale. Each box will vary weekly based on what our local farmers are harvesting that week.

Population(s) Served

Our culinary classes are simple: we want to teach you how to shop for local produce, learn what ingredients are seasonally available, and introduce you to basic recipes that can be manipulated easily depending on the ingredients available.

Class sizes can vary from as few as 8 students to as many as 15, depending on the size of the hosting venue. Our classes are about 2 hours long. We start with introductions, nutritional information, chef demos, hands-on preparation, and then sit down and eat together.

Population(s) Served

The Visit NC Farms App connects the dots in communities across North Carolina. Using cell phone technology, residents and visitors can find farms closest to them with products and activities that interest them. Visitors can use the app to explore farms, farmers' markets and local restaurants that are off the beaten path and unique to each community.

The Visit NC Farms Phone App, developed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, connects millions of North Carolina residents and visitors to farmers and local food – one community at a time. Carteret Local Food Network is excited to be a part of this new technology-based program, Visit NC Farms. CLFN is collaborating with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to introduce this program geared towards helping consumers locate local farms and food-based destinations.

Population(s) Served

Our Farms, Food, & Friends (FFF) Dinners are the farm to table dinners that we hold four times a year. We feature our county's freshest produce, proteins, and other ingredients from our local farmers that are crafted into amazing meals at the hands of our local chefs. These dinners are hosted at different venues around Carteret County so that you can savor the alfresco experience, meet and ask questions of our local farmers, and speak with our chefs.

Our biggest goal is to connect Carteret County consumers with their local farmers. We try to promote our farmers as much as possible and offering an environment where someone can see, taste, smell, hear and touch where their food comes from makes all the difference. We hope that when you taste the difference, you will continue to choose to shop locally as much as possible. As you discover new tastes, recipes, and identify the issues that surround our local food scene, you will realize the importance of supporting our farmers with our purchasing dollars. (We also enjoy the opportunity to eat delicious food with like-minded individuals at amazing locations!)

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Low-income people
Age groups
Low-income people
Age groups
Low-income people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar value of produce distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Low-income people, Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Family relationships

Related Program

Veggie Van Mobile Market

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over $10,000 in local produce purchases were made from area local farmers from May 2020 through November 2020 as our Veggie Van Mobile Market and Local Farmer CSA Boxes were initiated.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal: Increase individuals’ access to farmers’ markets in our area to combat the influx and convenience of fast food restaurants and inconvenience of single day markets that currently exist.
Goal: Facilitate food access in underserved populations that may be homebound or have difficulty with transportation.
Goal: Increase the purchasing power in low-wealth communities in order to provide more fresh food options at more affordable prices.
Goal: Increase consumer education about the benefits of eating seasonally and locally and encourage healthy eating habits in families.

• Farm & Food Director and Veggie Van Mobile Market manager Caroline Dominguez will acquire van, arrange for upfitting of insulation, shelving, and proper storage options according to produce type by USDA guidelines and place in service within 3 months of receiving funding.
• Business Director Stacy Macklin will post mobile market locations on Carteret Local Food Network’s website and social media, arrange for marketing materials to be printed and given out, and facilitate working relationships with potential locations to increase the communities where the Veggie Van is welcomed and encouraged.
• Currently, we have received approval to operate our Veggie Van Mobile Market on the campus of Carteret Community College, on location at Crystal Coast Performance and Wellness, at the Historic Morehead City Curb Market, and at the Community Building of the Beaufort Housing Authority. Of these four locations, one is identified as a low-income community; we will be adding at least two additional low-income locations before January 2021 and anticipate having at least six prior to December 2021.
• At least three separate locations within Carteret County will be identified as easy to access locations or low-income or elderly communities where the Veggie Van will be each week.
• Caroline Dominguez will work with entities such as the Beaufort Housing Authority, the Carteret County Health Department, our local Housing and Urban Development office, the Department of Social Services, and our Coastal Community Action office to identify areas where access to fresh fruits and vegetables would be most beneficial.
• Ms. Dominguez will also reach out to Carteret County Area Transportation System, the only public transportation system that exists in Carteret County, to determine where the greatest needs for transportation assistance are in our area for additional mobile market locations.
• At the initial set up of our Veggie Van Mobile Market, we will have volunteers help participants complete an initial survey asking about food security and access in their neighborhood as well as how they usually purchase fresh foods and how affordable these items are within their personal budgets.
• Follow up surveys will be completed at six and twelve months on location to measure the impact of bringing fresh local foods to these communities and we anticipate a 50% increase in self-reported food access and security as well as a noticeable shift in where these items are purchased.
o initial survey responses will be recorded the first time an individual visits our Veggie Van Mobile Market, whether or not a purchase is made, and contact information will be recorded for later follow up;
o survey responses will be documented again at six and twelve months and compared and analyzed to verify that Carteret Local Food Network is on track to meet our goals;
o survey responses will show an increase in comfort with purchasing, cooking, and trying new food items from initial survey responses;

Carteret Local Food Network has an exceptional staff with a wide range of personal and professional strengths that will amplify the education facet of the Veggie Van.
o Caroline Dominguez is a chef, well-versed in food storage, preservation, preparation, basic kitchen skills, and recipe creation. As she serves as both the Farm & Food Director and the Mobile Market Manager, she is in a unique position with her skills to educate consumers participating in our Veggie Van Mobile Market about everything from how to choose ripe produce to how to prepare it and offer advice on alternate recipes to try.
o Catherine Elkins is the founder of Carteret Local Food Network as well as a former producer and farmer, operating Underground Farm in Beaufort, NC for several years until it was sold in 2018. As our Board President and constant volunteer, Mrs. Elkins is able to offer advice on growing and planting items that can easily be grown in planters for personal use and her personal list of resources and network connections within our community is staggering.
o Barbara Chappetta is a member of our Advisory Council as well as an active volunteer. Mrs. Chappetta is also a registered nutritionist and dietician, so she is also an asset for our consumers as she is able to recommend items based on dietary restrictions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or for weight loss or allergies.
o Stacy Macklin, our Executive Director, is well-versed in branding, marketing, graphic design, social media, creating an online presence, and grew up in Carteret County, so she has a personal connection to both the area and the residents. Ms. Macklin is able to design and share graphics, marketing pieces, and recipes, both digitally and in print, in order to share our educational message. She will also be responsible for keeping Carteret Local Food Network’s website and social media up to date with times and locations for the Veggie Van as well as designing, distributing, and analyzing survey results for program evaluation.

Carteret Local Food Network started as a grassroots movement in 2008 and received 501(c)3 status in 2016 to directly confront the issues of food equality, food security, environmental impact, health, education, and economic development in Carteret County, North Carolina. We work tirelessly to fulfill our mission to protect and promote a local food system that builds community, supports the local economy, nurtures a healthy environment, and produces nutritious, delicious food by:
• organizing farm to table dinners at local farms to introduce community members to the individuals who procure and produce our meats, seafood, fruits, and vegetables while offering tours around the farms to gain an understanding of the effort required to produce food in our area;
• teaching culinary classes to educate our community members about local seasonal food items and instructing participants in basic recipes that can easily be manipulated based on seasonal availability of food items;
• offering food demonstrations and tastings at local farmers’ markets to increase awareness of local seasonal produce as well as encourage members of our community to try new foods prepared in new ways;
• working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the development and implementation of the Visit NC Farms mobile application that helps locals and tourists find farms, farmers’ markets, and agritourism-related activities near them, recently expanding from administration from Carteret County alone to include nearby Craven and Onslow counties;
• offering technical support, services, and marketing advice as well as graphic design assistance and branding to local farmers to help increase their presence on social media, the internet, and within our community;
• beginning conversations in our community about the importance of implementing a local Food Hub to help local producers with transportation, distribution, and value-added opportunities to assist with local economic development;
• assisting farmers with reaching additional demographics by helping to transport and sell their produce at additional local farmers’ markets on Saturdays and, amidst COVID-19, helping local farmers with transportation challenges to get their items to local fresh markets during the week;
• starting a CSA program in our county that focuses on the smaller farms by offering a CSA box that is an assortment of items from multiple farmers who cannot yet independently sustain the challenges of keeping up with the quantity demands that come with CSAs while offering an additional economic channel mid-week for our farmers;
• Carteret Local Food Network, as a response to COVID-19 in our community, implemented a version of our Veggie Van Program earlier than anticipated due to needs expressed by our farmers for assistance moving their produce to local farmers’ markets and fresh market stores. It started using a personal vehicle and transporting the farmer’s produce to local farmers’ mar

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Carteret Local Food Network

Board of directors
as of 08/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Catherine Elkins

Carteret Local Food Network

Term: 2008 - 2023

Susan Schmidt

Trish Slape

Suzanne Wheatcraft

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/27/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/09/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.