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CREATING VALUE CHAINS FOR SOIL HEALTH AND RESILIENT FOOD SYSTEMS IN WARREN COUNTY

dc.contributor.advisor Vidra, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Hessenius, Angela
dc.contributor.author Howard, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Martinez, Catarina
dc.contributor.author Karanikolas, Cleopatra
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-30T21:34:30Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-30T21:34:30Z
dc.date.issued 2021-04-30
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/22707
dc.description.abstract This Master’s Project aims to support Working Landscapes, a rural development nonprofit based in Warren County, NC, in developing a food waste recovery enterprise to handle food scraps from their food processing operation called ByWay Foods. Our project has two main objectives: 1) identify the best model for processing ByWay Foods’ vegetable waste stream to maximize economic, environmental, and social benefits in Warren County and 2) develop a business plan to guide the creation of this food waste recovery enterprise. To achieve these goals, we researched various alternative food waste recovery strategies including composting, vermicomposting, and biochar through literature review and interviews with experts and practitioners. Based on our client’s values and priorities, we selected a mixed-model compost and vermicompost operation as the optimal strategy for our client to create value from ByWay Foods’ food scraps. The result of our project is a business plan that guides Working Landscapes in the implementation of this new social enterprise that will enhance environmental, economic, and social value in the communities they serve.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Food Waste
dc.subject Compost
dc.subject Rural Development
dc.subject Soil Health
dc.subject Value Chains
dc.subject Business Plan
dc.title CREATING VALUE CHAINS FOR SOIL HEALTH AND RESILIENT FOOD SYSTEMS IN WARREN COUNTY
dc.type Master's project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
duke.embargo.months 0


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