Vacationer Supported Agriculture
Support Local Farmers, enjoy local foods
Known as VSA for short, this project is aimed at bridging the divide between rural and urban areas by promoting equitable development through contentious tourism, and sustainable agriculture practices.
Vacationers of tourism destinations are connected with local farmers and food producers in a new digital marketplace. Vacationers can now preorder bags of locally-grown produce online to be ready for pick up upon their arrival in the destination. This partnership with People-First Tourism, NC State Extension, and Grower Groups also offers professional development opportunities for aspiring youth to aggregate and deliver the bags.
In the summer of 2019 VSA programs can be found all over North Carolina’s coast starting June 8th, and running until August 24th. To find out more about a specific destination click the links below.
Check Out What Vacationers Are Saying
“I am very humbled. Love the idea of helping out local farmers.”
“Thank-you for establishing this awesome service for NC coastal vacationers. We enjoyed our box tremendously.”
"We picked up our produce and are loving it! The muscadines especially are a real treat. Thanks again!"
“The quality and quantity are exceptional. We had some of the produce with dinner tonight and it was as good as we had hoped.”
“We bought two bags and were extremely satisfied with the quality and quantity of the veggies ... We were quite pleased!”
“We’re supportive of projects like yours, hope you’re wildly successful and will place another order if we’re back next year.”
“I thought the presentation was great … I loved the individual bags. My blueberries have been wonderful and I am looking forward to a caprese salad tonight with my beautiful tomatoes.”
“I am delighted to support this effort and look forward to enjoying the produce and jam.”
“The corn was a big hit at dinner and of course the peaches were delicious! And sunflowers are a favorite in our home!”
“We loved your bag of veggies ! Especially the corn. Great idea. Thanks for the service.”
“Thank you so much. We are excited about receiving our "vittles". We support NC farmers.”
“We were on Caswell Beach last week and ordered your July bag of fruits and vegetables. Really enjoyed them and look forward to another bag next July. Many thanks for what you are doing!”