The High Country Food Hub is a central storage facility for locally-grown food located at 252 Poplar Grove Rd. in Boone.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and the Watauga County Cooperative Extension worked together to create this space which will open new markets for our community’s farmers and serve as a collection site for vegetables grown in community gardens, before they are distributed at local food banks. In February 2016, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners approved 1,400 square feet of the Watauga County Agricultural Services Center to be transformedinto freezers, refrigerators and dry food storage space. After securing a location, Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture found financial support from Heifer USA and the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program to renovate the space and buy a commercial freezer and cooler.
The Food Hub became a bipartisan county and town supported project in September 2016 when the Town of Boone approved funding for an additional freezer. The demand for food storage space from farmers, gardeners, and area food banks prompted the request, and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture is delighted to be able to offer even more resources for our farmers, gardeners, and area food banks in the near future.
“Having the Food Hub located in the Agricultural Services Center is extremely convenient and cost-effective for our area farmers,” said Jim Hamilton, Watauga County Extension Director. “The Ag Center is now providing more than just educational programming, we have shared-use equipment that farmers can rent for a nominal fee and cold storage space to allow producers easy access to our local markets.”