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Commissioners tour Vanceboro farms to reduce distance between farm, plate

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VANCEBORO, N.C. -

An effort to buy local is hitting the streets to find out where you get your food.

Health departments in Craven, Carteret and six other counties in the east are distributing surveys to their patients.

An agricultural group called Community Transformation Grant Project is behind this move. They're trying to find out whether people are interested in buying locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Craven County commissioners thought of the idea several months ago.

They took a tour of some farms in Vanceboro today. They say their goal is reduce the distance between the farm and your plate.

Many of our products, produce or seafood, are shipped to other states and we receive from other states our fruits and vegetables. So a lot of our local products are being shipped across other states," said Diana Vetter-Craft, Community Transformation Grant Project.

Community Transformation Grant Project has hired a consultant from Wilmington for $37,000 to come up with a plan to research what people eat.

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