The purpose of the Watauga Food Council is to serve as an umbrella organization to coordinate and strengthen our local food system.

Our vision is a food system that that is just and fair, builds a strong community, supports vibrant farms, nourishes healthy people, supports sustainable ecosystems, and builds a thriving local economy.

We value: 

Community health and believe through a resilient food system and a focus on environmental sustainability we can create positive community change.

Equity and believe a whole systems approach requires inclusion for systems change and lasting sustainability.

Collaboration through community-led work that honors the history of place, community voice and all perspectives.  


Formed in the spring of 2016, the Watauga Food Council emerged out of the Greening My Plate Gang and several other community efforts to better cultivate an inclusive and robust local food system. Our core group has since met monthly to network, develop mission and vision statements and Focus Areas, and to plan for future work. 

Leadership Team

Dave Walker, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture ~ Co-chair of the Watauga Food Council

Margie Mansure, North Carolina Cooperative Extension ~ Working Group Leader: Promotion of Local Food System and Healthy Foods to Consumers

Christina Bailey, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture ~ Working Group Co-Leader: Food Access and Security

Elena Dalton, F.A.R.M. Cafe ~ Working Group Co-Leader: Food Access and Security

Brooke Kornegay, Watauga Food Council Coordinator

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