Input needed from Maggie, Waynesville farmers

Mar 14, 2017

SYLVA — The Rural Food Business Assistance Project is seeking input from farmers, food business owners and interested community members to help identify local food business success stories that should be highlighted in a regional guide and promotional materials.

This project is designed to help farmers and food businesses in the seven westernmost counties get the training, financing and planning assistance they need to thrive.

The project partners see great importance in highlighting local food and farm business success stories across the region, and doing so in the context of the mountain towns, which anchor the region’s character and communities.

“There are great local food and farm success stories in every one of our towns,” said Sarah Thompson, executive director at the Southwestern Commission, “and we need to tell those stories, both to support and promote our businesses and communities, and to give people a sense of pride and possibility that will inspire them in their own ventures.”

To gather these stories and examples, the project partners are organizing nine roundtable meetings across the region, bringing together leaders from 14 different rural communities.

The first Haywood County meeting, covering Waynesville and Maggie Valley, will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday March 22, at the Regional High Technology Center, 112 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville.

Light breakfast fare and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to, or to Russ Harris at 339-2214.

A second Haywood County meeting in Canton is being planned and will be announced as soon as details are finalized.