Sustainable, Local Food Systems- Intersection of local foods and public health Course

A new course titled, Sustainable, Local Food Systems- Intersection of local foods and public health, will be offered through the Department of Nutrition to all students.  This course is being co-developed by Dr. Alice Ammerman (Professor, Nutrition; and Director of Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention) and Dr. Molly De Marco (Research Associate at HPDP) and funded in part by an Ultetschi grant as part of the APPLES Service Learning Program.  This course examines the intersection of local foods and public health in respect to nutrition, environmental issues, economic development, and community capacity. Students will explore the current impacts of the increasingly industrialized and centralized food system as well as potential solutions, such as policy, regulations, and social entrepreneurship. In addition, students will contribute to local food system development in the Triangle area by assisting community partners in their work to increase economic opportunities for small and mid-sized farmers and for local food marketers, distributors, and entrepreneurs. This volunteer work will help build systems to increase access to healthy food among lower income populations and hopefully inspire among students an appreciation of the reciprocal benefits of service learning. Piedmont GrownResearchers and marketing specialists at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention served on a keystone team and steering committee to conceptualize, define and launch a Piedmont Grown brand,, to help consumers identify farm products grown in the North Carolina Piedmont.

Community Partners

Bountiful Backyards:

Carolina Campus Community Garden:

Carrboro Farmers’ Market:

Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market:

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association:



Tar Heel Guide to Local Foods

The Center is pleased to announce the new Tar Heel Guide to Local Foods – plus local food resources – farmers markets and CSA’s publication.  This project was identified as a priority by the five deans of the health affairs of UNC and will help people related to the university work with local business who have taken a pledge to support local farmers and buy as much local product as possible.


Black Farmland Loss Needs Assessment

Researchers from the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill partnered with attorneys from the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP) to conduct this needs assessment of Black farmers in North Carolina. The results of this study can be found in the Executive Summary and Needs Assessment Report below.

Black Farm Loss Executive Summary
Black Farm Loss Needs Assessment Report


Local Farmers Markets

Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market
201 Estes Drive, Chapel Hill
Parking Lot of University Mall next to the entrance from 15-501

Hours of Operation: Open Year-Round
Saturday Mornings:
8 a.m.-Noon (April-November)
10 a.m.-Noon (December-March)

Tuesday Afternoons:
3:00- 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market website:

Carrboro Farmers’ Market
Carrboro Town Commons
301 West Main Street, Carrboro

Hours of Operation:
Saturday Mornings:
7 a.m.- Noon

Wednesday Afternoons:
3:30-6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit the Carrboro Farmers’ Market website: