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We are food system designers and consultants


Community Food Lab creates change in communities by connecting people, design thinking, and intelligent food system planning.

Connecting People

Our ability to listen and actively engage translates into lasting trust, strong relationships, and innovative, consensus-based solutions.

Design Thinking

Design thinking approaches and intelligent planning help your organization or community tackle food system problems and realize world-changing aspirations. Design adds value to local economies and energizes communities.

About Food Systems

A food system is a network of people, farms, food operations, transportation, cooking, and food recovery that, in connection with the land itself, provides food to us everyday. This network operates within overlapping pressures of political, cultural, economic and environmental systems.


Select Projects

You can find all of our projects here.


Core Services


Food Systems Analysis + Strategic Planning


Strategic Advising + Facilitation


Community Engagement


Qualitative Research


Graphic Design + GIS Analysis


Typical Client Types

Municipalities Corporations

Institutions Design Firms

Nonprofits Individuals


Working with Community Food Lab is amazing. Creative, detailed, intelligent, practical, timely are descriptive of the process and product. This is a winning partnership.
— Peter Skillern, Executive Director at Reinvestment Partners

Community Food Lab in the News

  • News and Observer, January 19, 2019. Article on working towards an urban-rural connection with Project 40.

  • R&E Search for Evidence, January 14, 2019. Working with partners, patients and communities in Durham.

  • News and Observer, May 5, 2017. Article on our farmland preservation plan with Conservation Trust for NC.

  • News and Observer, September 2016. Letter to the Editor "Restoring a healthy relationship with food."

  • Midtown Magazine, June 2016. Celebrating Second Saturday. p 106.

  • News and Observer, June 2015. Erin White's work with the Capital Area Food Network is featured.

  • Planning Magazine, American Planning Association, February 2015. The Raleigh Food Corridor.

  • News and Observer, November 2014. Erin White is named Tarheel of the Week.

  • The Independent, June 2014. Profile of the Raleigh Food Corridor

  • Food Tank, December 2013. Community Food Lab and design thinking.


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