North Carolina Contacts

Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) 

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

SNAP Info & Contacts

Program Name/EBT Card Name: SNAP/EBT Card

Current Contractor: Fidelity Information Services (FIS)

Qualified North Carolina Farmers Markets can obtain free wireless equipment from FIS. The equipment is covered by the state, but all ongoing fees are the responsibility of the market.

David F. Steele
Business Officer, Program Compliance Section
919-527-6429 office
919-334-1018 fax

Connie W. Dixon
Social Services Program Coordinator
Division of Social Services, Economic Services
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Office:  (919) 527-6319
Fax:  (919) 334-1265

North Carolina Ag Department

North Carolina Department of Agriculture Farmers Markets 


Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program 

Mary Anne Burghardt,  WIC Director
Phone: (919) 707-5800
FAX: (919) 870-4898

Audrey Edmisten, MPH, RDN, LDN
Aging Program Specialist
NC Division of Aging and Adult Services
NC Department of Health and Human Services
Fax: 919-715-0868

North Carolina News/Case Studies

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Feb 1st-2nd, 2019: North Dakota Local Foods Conference

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

What: ND Local Foods Conference When: February 1st-2nd, 2019 Where: Baymont Inn & Suites Mandan Bismarck Area Hosted by ND Local Foods & the North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture Description: “The 2019 NDFMGA & Local Foods Conference will be a place for farmers and ranchers who direct market what they grow and raise to learn… Read More

USDA Farmers Market, Local and Regional Food Systems Grants Announced

Hannah Fuller October 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced this week that it has awarded $27 million in grant funding through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and $9.3 million in grant funding through the new Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. The grants fall under the Local Agricultural… Read More

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.… Read More

North Carolina Resources

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Growing Local Food Systems: A case study series on the role of local governments

May 15, 2017

Local governments play a key role in promoting and support local food systems. In 2012, Michigan State University’s (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems and the International City/ County Management Association’s (ICMA) Center for Sustainable Communities collaborated to understand more about the ways that local governments across America are supporting local food systems. Building off that… Read More

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All: SNAP/EBT Programs at 4 NC Farmers Markets

Alex Canepa October 19, 2018

These case studies from four North Carolina farmers markets with existing SNAP/EBT program provide market managers with realistic examples of how SNAP/EBT programs look at different types of farmers markets. Read More

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RAFI’s “Guide to SNAP/EBT for NC Farmers Markets: Steps, Best Practices, and Resources”

Emma Hansen March 30, 2018

This guide is for farmers market organizers, public health professionals, and food justice advocates who want to learn how farmers markets can accept SNAP/EBT benefits. The guide includes an overview of SNAP/EBT in North Carolina and how to implement a successful SNAP/EBT program at farmers markets. The guide also describes farmers market nutrition incentive programs… Read More