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Freshly Retired

Salem Suber needed a way to meet the increasing demand for fresh food by residents at Southminster, a continuing care retirement community in Charlotte, N.C. With 282 unique published menus every 21 days, how could Suber, Director of Culinary Services, maintain consistency and meet their demands? The answer was to bring in Chef Kris Reid. The video explores how Reid’s tireless passion for fresh, local food powers a world of change within an institutional setting by creating deep personal connections to the food being grown and served—resulting in bottom-line savings in the kitchen and a vibrant community of residents around the garden.


Sourcing Local

Search the NC 10% Campaign Our Partners

Contact your Cooperative Extension Local Foods Agent

Join the dialogue and share resources via the Piedmont Culinary Guild.

NC Retirement Facilities with Local Food Programs

Southminster (Charlotte)

Know of another retirement facility that serves local foods?

Please contact and let us know.

Starting a Community Garden

NC Community Garden Partners

Community Garden Portal

Master Gardeners

Therapeutic Horticulture & Accessible Gardens

Therapeutic Horticulture Program

EPA Elder Accessible Garden Guide 

Local Food for Institutional Food Service Tools

Check out this Local Foods to Local Institutions Resource Guide from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).

Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program with Healthy Food Challenge & resources for healthy hospitals including a Sample of Food Service Contract Language.

Film Screening Toolkit

Are you interested in screening this video to garner support for Farm to Retirement Facility in your area?

Click here to check out our Film Screening Toolkit.


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