PO Box 2044
Durham, NC 27702
201 West Main St
Durham, NC 27701
March 21, 2018
On March 21, 2018, Croatan Institute presented a special briefing on the release of “Organic Opportunities,” a major economic development prospectus for expanding the regional value chain associated with organic food and agriculture in Northeastern North Carolina. This event was held in Raleigh, NC, with remote participants joining from around the country.
The Organic Agriculture Revitalization Strategy (OARS) is an initiative that seeks to take advantage of growing consumer and investor interest in organic agriculture – now a nearly $50 billion mainstream market – and use it as a strategy for revitalizing rural communities and supporting regional economic development.
Developed by Croatan Institute and Earthwise Organics with support from Organic Valley’s Farmers Advocating for Organics program and a growing group of partners, OARS aims to identify business and economic development opportunities in regional value chains and to mobilize capital to help build community health and wealth. The first OARS pilot project has focused on a 28-county region in Northeastern North Carolina.
For more information about the OARS initiative, see www.OARSproject.org, and contact Kristin Lang at kristin [at] croataninstitute.org.