Northern Durham could get farmers market

From staff reportsNovember 1, 2013 

The Durham County Department of Public Health wants to learn more about the demand for locally grown food and potential vendors in northern Durham.

A food-access survey is available online. Paper copies are also available at North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road.

The deadline for completing surveys is Dec. 1.

The survey comes in response to comments the department has received from residents in northern Durham who want more locally grown fruit and vegetables.

The department assembled a team to explore this possibility, including representatives from the Little River Community Complex, Durham Public Schools, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, City of Durham, Durham Farmers’ Market and the UNC School of Public Health.

In the coming months, the survey will be distributed to a wide variety of organizations, and discussions will be held with farmers and local residents so that the project meets the need of the community, according to a news release.

Afterward, the first step will be to identify the best site for a farmers market, farm stand or produce pick-up site, the release said.

These efforts correlate with Durham County’s strategic plan goal to address health and well-being for all and also align with North Carolina’s Community Transformation Grant Project (CTG Project), in which Durham is participating.

The CTG Project is a federally funded initiative to support evidence-based public health efforts to reduce preventable chronic diseases. The project focuses on four strategic directions: healthy eating, active living, tobacco free living and clinical preventive services. The aim of the project is to create equal access to healthy living opportunities for all North Carolinians.

For more information on the survey, contact Kelly Warnock at kwarnock@dconc.gov or 919-560-7875.

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