Who We Are

WFI is a community-wide effort made possible through numerous organizations, businesses, institutions, and individuals who have invested much time and labor in previous and future food systems projects.

Our History:

Aided by a planning grant to the Center for Environmental Farming Systems from The Office of Extension and Engagement at NCSU, diverse institutions and organizations, government and private, for-profit and nonprofit, began meeting in the fall of 2007 to develop a Wayne County sustainable, local foods initiative.


Cheryl Alston, Dillard Academy, calston9@nc.rr.com, 919-270-7262

Shorlette Ammons-Stephens, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Wayne County Community Coordinator,  shorlette.stephens@gmail.com

Danielle Baptiste, Dillard Academy Charter School, dbaptiste@dillardacademy.org, 919-581-0166 

Melissa Bell, Systems Unit, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, melissa_bell@ncsu.edu, 919-271-7557

Steve Moore, Small Farm Unit, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, steve_moore@ncsu.edu, 919-218-4642

Tim Norris, Wow Worms Farm, amuseu@nc.rr.com, 919-778-8750

Karen Padgett, Health Department, Karen.Padgett@waynegov.com, 919-731-1235

Tes Thraves, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Community-based Food Systems Coordinator, tes_thraves@ncsu.edu, 919-619-8897

Travis Uzzell, Jarred and Zaria’s Organics, 919-731-7689

Robert Jones, farm, Rjones@RTPFarmfresh.com


The following are some of the community partners in this initiative who have sponsored collective projects and meetings, attended WC-CFSI meetings, initiated thier own related projects, or been involved in supporting the funding efforts. We eagerly encourage FULL community engagement!


Travis Uzzell 919-731-7689

Wade Cole 919-920-3346

Robert Jones vtjrbj@yahoo.com

Tim Norris of Wow Worms 919-778-8750 amuseu@nc.rr.com

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems

CEFS is a three-way partnership between NCDA/Cherry Farm, NCSU, and NCA&TSU: http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/index.htm

CEFS director: Nancy Creamer  nancy_creamer@ncsu.edu

CEFS Small Farm manager: Steve Moore steve_moore@ncsu.edu

Cherry Research Farm/NCDA: Andy  Meier andrew.meier@ncmail.net

A&T:  John O’Sullivan  john0@ncat.edu

Tes Thraves tes_thraves@ncsu.edu 919-619-8897

Shorlette Ammons, shorlette.stephens@gmail.com

Melissa Bell <melissa_bell@ncsu.edu>

CASTLES 21 CCLC after-school program at Dillard Academy


Danielle Baptiste CASTLES@dillardacademy.org

Cheryl Alston calston9@nc.rr.com

Wayne County Public Library Community Garden


Wayne County Public Health

Karen Padgett Karen.Padgett@waynegov.com

WAGES, Meals on Wheels

Brownie Doss brownie@wagesnc.org

Mount Olive College, Agribusiness Center

contact: Phil Hamilton

Community Crisis Center

contact: Ms. George

NC Ag Extension

Karen E. Blaedow, Horticulture Extension Agent, NC Cooperative Extension, Karen.Blaedow@waynegov.com (919) 731-1525

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Alice Ammerman alice_ammerman@unc.edu

NC A&T SU Cooperative Ag Extension Marketing Specialist

John O’Sullivan johno@ncat.edu

Mile High Hot Sauce

Daina Taylor

coordinator of the Slocumb Street and Olivia Lane community garden site project

Wayne Memorial Hospital

contact: Amy Cain amy.cain@waynehealth.org

NC Agrimedicine Institute

Partnership for Children of Wayne County

contact: Don Magoon


Carol Moore  moore6827@bellsouth.net

NC State University Agroecology Program

contact: Michelle Schroeder-Moreno

Wayne Charitable Partnership, Inc.


contact: Betsy Rosemann

Wayne Community College

contact: Gabriel Mitchell, Agriculture and Natural Resources, gjmitchell@waynecc.edu 919-739-6807

NC State Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences

contact: Sarah Ash


One thought on “Who We Are

  1. Lee Albritton says:

    Am interested in partnering with you. Looking to start a non-profit to promote sustainable agriculture throughout Coastal Plains. Main focus on preserving farmland and open spaces as well as training new growers and helping existing ones.

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