LocallyGrownNews.com is an online community and mobile application designed to foster conversations around the locavore movement. A locavore is someone who eats locally grown produce within 50 miles of their geographic location. LocallyGrownNews.com uses the eating locally movement to generate conversation around sustainable, healthy lifestyles.

The online community features eco-friendly, geo-specific topics about locally grown produce and other products. Robust user profiles allow people to connect with those with similar interests and passions. The mobile application creates a virtual exchange, connecting producers to co-producers (consumers) in a just-in-time manner. Consumers can find out what is being sold by vendors and markets in their area.

We are also interested in restaurants that feature locally grown foods as well as entities that might use surplus produce for charitable purposes such as food kitchens and churches.

Beta tests will be run in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro, NC. We’re currently looking at expansion sites in Daytona Beach, Florida and in Burlington, NC.

Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the initiator behind LocallyGrownNews.com. She is working with InnerEye Studios in Winston-Salem and Creative Circle Advertising Solutions in East Providence, RI on development of the news and market platforms.