Attendance at the annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference has doubled in the past few years, and the crowd of farmers looks a lot younger.Read the full article
This weekend, more than 1,200 farmers, restaurateurs and others from across the Carolinas filled the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Research Triangle Park for the event.
"I think that demonstrates the tremendous growth in interest in sustainable, locally grown food," said Roland McReynolds, director of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, which hosted the conference.
But the trend isn't without its challenges. Among the hot topics Saturday: how to promote local food despite its often higher cost. It's a big problem for restaurants, since a national distributor can offer lower prices than the farmers market down the street.
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