North Carolina Growing Together (NCGT) is a five year USDA-funded project that aims to bring more locally produced foods – food products grown and harvested by NC farm and fishing businesses that gross less than $1 million annually – into mainstream grocery and food service market channels. The goal of NCGT is to strengthen the economics of small to mid-scale farm and fishing operations and their communities, and engages in research, teaching, and extension activities.  NCGT has partnered with Poole’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative to bring the expertise of its students and faculty to address the challenges inherent in linking systems that differ in scale and technical capacity. NCGT is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, a partnership of North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Founded in 1994, it is dedicated to sustainable agriculture research, extension, and education.