NC 10% Campaign
Have you ever heard of the NC 10% Campaign? Through the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, a state wide campaign called the NC 10% Campaign has been created to help promote the use of local produce and food products to support local farmers and artisans. The NC 10% Campaign encourages NC individuals, businesses, organizations, and institutions to spend at least 10% of their food dollars on NC-grown and caught foods. In order to support this, the Town of Boone is home to many Farmers' Markets which are hosted year round!
Local Food Initiatives
Here in Boone and in the surrounding High Country, we have many local food initiatives which are built by the community for the community.
High Country Food Hub
Need a little more grass-fed, free-range, locally grown food and hand crafted goods in your life? The High Country Food Hub has got you covered! Featuring 3,000+ locally made products from 90+ High Country farmers and food entrepreneurs, at just a click of a button, you can order locally grown food and have it ready to pick up within one week!
High Country Grown
High Country Grown is a marketing initiative launched by the Watauga Food Council to promote restaurants and value-added businesses that source locally-produced products in the northwestern mountains of North Carolina, including Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and Boone.
F.A.R.M. Full Circle
Do you have some imperfect produce which you don't know what to do with? Instead of throwing it out, why not donate to F.A.R.M. Full Circle? F.A.R.M. Full Circle is a food recovery and redistribution program of F.A.R.M. Café. They collect imperfect fruits and vegetables, over-ordered food items, and other products at risk of going to waste from local grocers, farmers, and small businesses. Each week, volunteers prepare ready-to-eat meals, meal kits, and other value-added products using recovered foods.
North Street Community Garden
Cultural Resources staff have partnered with the Junaluska Community, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, as well as other community members to install raised garden beds at North Street Park to be used a local community vegetable gardens. Volunteers come together regularly to place and construct this garden and install other necessities, such as deer fencing. Do you want to get involved, not only in the maintenance of the already existing garden, but in the construction and upkeep of other gardens in the future? Contact Cultural Resources, located at the Jones House for more information.
Leola Street Community Garden
Leola Street Community Garden began Sept. 2005 when the Town of Boone granted the community garden 1.26 acres of land in between Wal-Mart and the old K-Mart (currently Publix) for $1.00 a year. This community garden has over 45 active garden beds. There are multiple handicapped-accessible garden beds, a split rail fence to espaliered fruit trees along the rails, and building soil for additional soil. This land was once a gravel parking lot and now has been transformed into a productive garden! Garden spaces are 10 feet by 15 feet, 14 feet by 20 feet, and 20 feet by 30 feet. The fees are $20, $30, and $40 annually which includes; seeds, community tools, compost, manure, and monthly workshops.