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What Can Be

For many rural communities it can be hard to see opportunities for growth, or even stability, in the wake of steady economic decline and the exodus of big industries. Carla Norwood and Gabe Cummings believe plenty of opportunity exists where it always has: in the landscape and people that surround them. Their rural-based nonprofit, Working Landscapes, has nurtured a local food system and a regional supply network that has proven sustainable over the past five years. What Can Be examines their economic redevelopment project in detail, the pubic and private partners involved and how their model could be replicated to develop complementary processing facilities and opportunities for economic resilience in other rural communities. 


Local Food Economies Resources

Local Food Economies is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems' NC Growing Together (NCGT) project. Visit the Local Food Economies page ( for resources, tools, and information for local government and economic development agencies across the state that are working to build economically viable local food systems. 

Film Screening Toolkit

Are you interested in screening this video to garner support for local foods in your area? Host a film screening event!

Film Talking Points

Use this one-pager to share the What Can Be video and guide a discussion on local food system development.


Working Landscapes
Vittles Films
NC Cooperative Extension
Farmer Foodshare
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