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  1. Farmhand Foods

    www.farmhandfoods.com, Durham, NC, 27701 Farmhand Foods connects North Carolina's pasture-based livestock farmers with local food lovers, restaurants and retailers. They source from a network of small-scale farmers who raise their animals humanely, on pasture, without feeding antibiotics or animal by-products or using added hormones. Farmhand Foods does the legwork necessary to get a consistent selection of quality local meats into local markets. A woman owned business, co-founders, Jennifer Curtis & Tina Prevatte, are passionate about supporting family farms and building a sustainable local food system here in North Carolina. They are committed to paying farmers fairly and to conducting…

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    • Journey To Bliss

      Clean Food. Simply Made. Intentionally Good For You.

      At Journey To Bliss, we make a line of prepared, raw, vegan food products under the brand name Intentional Food. We strive to employ every concept of intention in our products—from ethically obtained ingredients of the highest nutritional value, to conscious packaging and business practices. We are located in Smyrna, Tennessee, where Intentional Food is produced in a certified commercial kitchen.

      Our product mix consists of fresh, raw vegetable entrees, nut and seed-based fermented cheeses, and fruit and nut desserts. We use the freshest and cleanest ingredients, and prepare each dish without…

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      • Nashville Grown

        Nashville Grown is Nashville's first food hub, preparing to launch in May 2012. With a network of urban farms and community gardens within an hour's drive of Nashville's center, Nashville Grown will aggregate and distribute sustainably-grown produce to local restaurants, grocery stores, and institutions. This will increase year-round, 24/7 access to local food, help existing farms grow, and enable new farms--even teeny tiny ones in the urban core--to thrive. www.nashvillegrown.org

        813 votes
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        • Dig It Local

          Dig It Local is committed to growing our local food economy by helping farmers extend their market reach with minimal investment, and by introducing a new community of people to the joys, and new tastes of eating fresh, healthy, locally grown and produced foods.

          We work with the vendors at farmers' markets to make their goods available online. We then take that online marketplace to an organization outside the reach of the market where people's busy schedules often complicate access to local food. Employees are then able to learn about the farmers and food makers and place custom orders online.…

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          • Out Of The Box

            Out of the Box Collective is a weekly home delivery service based in Los Angeles, bringing local, traceable, sustainably-produced groceries to your doorstep, accompanied by a mealplan and recipes to see you through the week. Eat the Love!

            MISSION:
            Our single mission at Out Of The Box is summed up in one phrase, EAT THE LOVE!
            Eat The Love is the mother mission of these powerful, integrated aims:

            To create a sustainable distribution system for local produce and artisan-made products, with minimum food miles.

            To facilitate people’s growing desire to eat local.

            To encourage the development of sustainable farming and…

            233 votes
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            • Indigenous

              Indigenous is all about beautiful hand made fashion that is good for people & the planet.
              • We design and market premium organic & fair trade apparel to specialty retailers across the United States.
              • What is Organic Apparel? It is apparel made from natural fibers that are grown organically without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals.
              • What is Fair Trade? Fair trade is an alternative to Sweat Shop Labor that ensures workers receive a fair living wage and are treated with dignity & respect.
              • Indigenous is driven by a passion to increase demand for certified organic…

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              • FEAST Together

                www.feasttogether.org 1109 Maplehurst Ln. Nashville, TN Working together with growers, cooks, and eaters, FEAST Together gathers our community around tables set with nourishing and just food. By establishing neighborhood Collaborative Kitchens, - we educate, nourish and equip our neighbors to make healthy, sustainable choices. - work with chefs and volunteers to create ready-to-eat meals that are nourishing for people and planet, and just for growers and eaters. Members choose a chef whose menu and philosophy meet their family's needs and receive high-quality ready-to-eat meals every week. By supporting a specific chef, members are increasing the capacity of urban and regional…

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                • LOCO Food Distribution

                  Creating a local food hub, distribution business, with refrig truck for deliveries to restaurants and schools, etc. Good business people, great project to invest in

                  100 votes
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                  • Growing Spaces

                    Growing Spaces produces the most energy-efficient greenhouse on the market and promotes a more sustainable lifestyle through educating about living in harmony with the earths natural systems. In business for twenty years, they model sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability.

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                    • Fair Food Philadelphia

                      1315 Walnut Street, Suite 522 | Philadelphia, PA 19107 www.fairfoodphilly.com Fair Food was founded in 2001 by Philadelphia entrepreneur, Judy Wicks, to build a sustainable and humane local food economy by spreading the local purchasing practices of her restaurant, White Dog Cafe. Ann Karlen, founding director of Fair Food, began her work by connecting the local farms supplying the White Dog to a larger marketplace of restaurants and stores, while continually bringing in new farmers. With humble beginnings, Ann ran Fair Food for the first four years from an office in Judy's house, with financial support from the White Dog…

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                      • Greenling.com

                        This business is a solution to the problem not many people are talking about - how to get all this fresh, local food to people's kitchens. Greenling uses sustainability as it's guide to creating systems for efficient management and delivery of local food. It's paving the way for a new form of food distribution. -- this business can be found at: Austin, TX 512-440-8449 mason@greenling.com www.greenling.com

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                        • Hot Lips Soda, David Yudkin, owner

                          This business is a: Natural soda manufacturer that desrves your support because, It's a brand extension of Hot Lips Pizza--relentlessly dedicated to local, seasonal, organic, and Food Alliance certified ingredients, and pushes the limit of sustainability in operations--with electric and bicycle delivery, reusing heat from pizza ovens, etc. The soda continues that traditions and uses regional fruits from small growers and a family owned bottler. -- this business can be found at: Portland, OR 503-224-2069. david@hotlipspizza.com www.hotlipspizza.com

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                          • Good Food Jobs

                            http://goodfoodjobs.com Good Food Jobs is the first online job search engine for people who want meaningful food work. It was created as a way to strengthen the food economy by encouraging its growth and exploration. The site http://goodfoodjobs.com/, and the accompanying gastrognomes blog http://goodfoodjobs.com/blog, are used to educate people about the multitude of ways one can embark on a food-related career - one that is satisfying, empowering, and beneficial to others. With over 1,600 jobs posted since its launch in October 2010, and over 11,000 devoted followers, they are dedicated to changing the world, one hard worker at…

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                            • The Scrumptious Pantry/Faithful To Foods

                              The Scrumptious Pantry is all about "Small farms. Big Taste!". The Scrumptious Pantry works with small sustainable family farms to create authentic food products that tell a story and sell them under one brand for maximum transparency for the consumer. In fact, the farmers as the source of the best ingredients are so important to them, they put the farmers' faces on the packaging - so the consumers see who grows their food, even if it is a package on a retail shelf. They then take these hand-grown ingredients and facilitate their transformation into tasty pantry items in small batches,…

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                              • John's Custom Meats

                                This business is a: small meat processor/producer/market that desrves your support because, Heavily involved in community, look to quality not quantity -- this business can be found at: smith grove ky

                                50 votes
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                                • Pioneer Food Systems

                                  7327 Lover's Lane, Hollister. CA Pioneer Food Systems is a local agricultural logistics endeavor that benefits California's social, economic and environmental realms by sourcing local, primarily organic wares from local small family farmers. We harvest the wastes involved in food production by utilizing used kitchen oils for our fleet, and establishing biodiesel stations for on-site farm uses. We create jobs, stimulate local economies, and minimize the wastes involved in food production/logistics by moving wares directly to end clients. No storage no processing, no packaging, no handling. We know how the food was grown, and by whom. We know when it…

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                                  • ardenwoods edibles

                                    We are a small Family run culinary seedling Nursery. We help Busy Families, Landscape Professionals and Chefs grow unusual seedlings wthout spending a lot of money or time! We also love to help people become part of the food movement in Southern California.

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                                    • Slow Money NC

                                      Slow Money NC The Abundance Foundation 220 Lorax Lane #5 Pittsboro, NC 27312 Slow Money NC project Inspired by Woody Tasch's book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, Slow Money NC (North Carolina) is working to add resilience to our local food economy. We match investors who wish to make low interest loans to local food entrepreneurs ' growers, processors, restaurant owners, bakers, and the like ' who have compelling needs for capital to fund their local food projects. How we operate We are a 'membership' project, organized along the Slow Money principles. Many of us have 'investments.' Most…

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                                      • RecipeRelay

                                        http://reciperelay.com RecipeRelay 10436 Grandview Ave. La Mesa CA 91941 An online resource for seasonal recipes. RecipeRelay publishes weekly food and cocktail recipes, contributors highlight local food producers across the US and internationally and address issues of access/availability of local and organic foods.

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                                        • The Greenest Little House

                                          www.thegreenestlittlehouse.com 1003 windsong trl richardson TX 75219 The greenest little house in Texas is an non-profit co-op organization formed to show the world how anyone can build a sustainable healthy life and home. Our Mission is to show and provide the best information available on how to live both a good quality of life in a responsible sustainable way that benefits the individual and the world. We will do this by building a home and lifestyle on earth that anyone can accomplish. Using an Integrated approach we will build a life that is visionary and with the greenest and most…

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