We are food system consultants and designers.

We are your best strategic partner in food.

Design thinking approaches and intelligent planning help your organization or community tackle food system problems and realize world-changing aspirations. the most innovative food projects build lasting impact through effective project strategies. 

Healthy food systems are good for community, good for business, and more important than ever. We can help you give shape, feasibility, and impact to your visions.


Community Food Lab works with municipalities, institutions, nonprofits, developers, corporations, design firms and individuals.

When building healthy local food systems, communities and organizations need something beyond solutions; they need innovative approaches that are adaptive and flexible. Community Food Lab takes an individualized approach to uncover the best methods for your situation and region, recognizing that each project and client are highly place-based. 

Our services include

food systems assessments and planning,

strategic advising,

community engagement and qualitative research,

project design and management, 

urban design and placemaking +

graphic design and visual materials development.

We work from the sidewalk and community level all the way up to the municipal and regional level. We understand how policies and projects interact at different scales. This allows us to help our clients rethink their relationships to food, and opens opportunities to provide smart new approaches for healthy food systems.

Contact us with questions and to schedule an initial consultation.

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
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A whole systems approach uncovers new value in the complex connections through the entire food system.

Our view of a healthy, mostly local food system. The system relies on many diverse interconnected parts that drive a network of social and economic relationships. These relationships build strong communities.

Community Food Lab in the news

  • 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.

Join our community

Relationships drive our work. They allow for shared learning and ongoing inspiration, and enable each of us to address community challenges in a more comprehensive way. A strong social network is an essential part of any healthy local food ecosystem - nothing happens in isolation.

Community Food Lab is always looking for new relationships with community partners. Where do we overlap in our work? How can we help each other grow? Where are the opportunities for added impact together? If you're involved in building community we want to get to know you; join our mailing list to stay up to date on our efforts, or send us an email about your projects.


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