A bill aimed at helping small-scale, sustainable farmers now awaits Gov. Bev Perdue's signature.
The legislation got final approval by the state Senate Thursday. It creates a 27-person body tasked with studying local food issues including how to increase the amount of food grown in North Carolina that is served in public schools, make it available to those on public assistance or can be purchased at farmers markets with food stamps.
In an e-mail to supporters of the bill, Nancy Creamer, executive director of N.C. State University's Center for Environmental Farming Systems, wrote: "A lot of folks worked very hard to make this happen and in the end, the bill brought together a lot of divergent partners and voices which bodes well for the council working together and engaging many others across the state in its work of building a local sustainable food economy in North Carolina."