share the seasons
We believe that our food system should create health and wealth for all. Our model creates opportunity for smaller farms by offering a new place to sell their produce. At the same time, there are 48 million food insecure Americans. Our company shares time, donations and money with non-profit and governmental partners that support small farms and healthy food access.
Sharing the Seasons is the way we do business. We share time, donations, and money with partners that support healthy food for all.
Emerging Commercial Farmer Program
Farm Development Director Claire McLendon and intern Ali Hubert consult with Old Carthage Farm.
Small farms are disappearing. Between 2007 and 2012, the United States lost 1 in 25 farms under 1,000 acres. Small and historically underserved farmers need buyers for their products but have problems reaching them in a food system that is increasingly built for large corporate growing operations. Seal the Season's Emerging Commercial Farmer Program (ECFP) works in partnership with small and underserved farmers to bridge the gaps between the food system we have and the strong, diverse family farm community that we believe is the future of agriculture. The mission of ECFP is to support small farms and historically underserved farmers through a Seal the Seasons model that creates strong farm partnerships and a diversified, vital, reliable local commercial supply chain.
NC Department of Agriculture Healthy Foods Retailer Program
The NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) is piloting a program to help small retailers (corner stores) sell healthy, affordable groceries in areas where healthy food is hard to find, also called food deserts. Funded by the state, the program reimburses participating stores for refrigeration, freezers and stocking equipment needed to market healthier items.
Seal the Seasons is in coordinating with NCDA&CS to be one of the first items in the program, aiming to be on shelves by the end of 2017. By selling products at a discount, we support affordable prices for corner store shoppers. In the meantime, we are providing technical assistance to NCDA&CS to help them navigate the industry, such as how to work with distributors, create planograms (shelf designs) and plan logistics.
To learn more, visit the Healthy Foods Small Retailer Program at the NCDA&CS website.
UNC-Chapel Hill Farm Fresh Meals on the Go
This program is piloting healthy, delicious frozen meals using local ingredients and available for purchase using SNAP benefits (Food Stamps). Dr. Alice Ammerman at UNC-Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Public Health is leading the initiative, while Seal the Seasons has provided assistance in grant writing as well as consulting on supply chain management, distribution, food safety and marketing.