Feeding a Region Premiere

Carolina Farm Trust Presents
Feeding A Region
Premiere & Panel Discussion

Sponsored by Trane Technologies



The ‘Feeding a Region’ Premiere and Panel Discussion is the debut of Carolina Farm Trust’s
new short film, showcasing our vision to feed the entire Charlotte Metro with food from local farms.

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Thursday August 6, 2020
6:00 p.m. EST
Virtual Event (Video Conference)



The ‘Feeding a Region’ Premiere and Panel Discussion is the debut of Carolina Farm Trust’s new short film, showcasing our vision to feed the entire Charlotte Metro with food from local farms. Following the film, a panel of 5 local food systems leaders will discuss the following:

The challenges of current food systems.

Systemic changes needed to achieve food justice.

The importance of grounding food justice in racial equity.

The urgency of starting the work for food justice now.

The ways in which funding this work will yield a return on investment.

About The Film


Feeding a Region Film Description:

The time to strengthen our regional food ecosystem has arrived. Now, more than ever, the Carolinas need robust local food systems that have the ability to withstand challenges such as pandemics, natural disasters, or changes in the agricultural workforce. We need an approach that is comprehensive and collaborative. An approach that includes our partners. An approach that includes farmers, farms, markets, and consumers. ‘Feeding a Region’ depicts Carolina Farm Trust’s vision to feed the Carolinas with healthy food from local farms and the steps we will need to take, collectively, along the way.


Zack Wyatt grew up in northern Virginia. His family were caretakers of a 300-acre old dairy farm. His family had a large garden, pigs, horses, and chickens, and he also worked on neighboring farms. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration, he worked in home mortgage lending and IT. Zack’s passion for bringing community together through food, his understanding of the importance of equitable food access, and his drive to improve local food systems led him to found Carolina Farm Trust in 2015. As the Executive Director of Carolina Farm Trust, Zack has produced two documentaries (The Farmer that Feeds Us series), and an annual music festival fundraiser called Carolina Jubilee. Zack lives in Cornelius with his wife and five children.

6:10 PM

Feeding A Region Film Showing


6:17 PM

Introduction of the moderator: Scott Tew, Trane Technologies

6:20 PM

Introduction of the panelists:

  • • Elliott Royal, RAO Community Health
  • Rickey Hall, West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition
  • Erin Barbee, Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership
  • Bernard Singleton, Nebedaye Farms
  • Russell Hedrick, JRH Grain Farms

6:25 PM

Panel Discussion, Q&A
separtor text

7:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Panelists Sign Off

Q&A Extension with Zack Wyatt




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Let’s team up to populate the landscape of the Charlotte Metro with urban farms; to grow livable, sustainable workforce opportunities in agriculture; and, to improve access to healthy, fresh food for everyone. With your help, we can secure a future in which entire region of the Carolinas eats food from local farms. 


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