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The purpose of the event was to help create a strong local food system. The purpose of the event was to help create a strong local food system.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Hundreds of food growers gathered on the campus of UNCW Friday to learn how to make their farm business grow.

Area farmers attended workshops that taught them how to use tools like Facebook and Google Plus to their advantage.

The purpose of the event was to help create a strong local food system.

"You get to know your farmers see how your food is grown," explained Jane Steigerwald. "It keeps money in the local economy. It helps create jobs there are just so many positives to creating a local food system."

According to a press release, "Feast Down East, headed by Dr. Leslie Hossfeld of UNCW, in partnership with many local grassroots organizations, agencies and community leaders, has worked to build a sustainable local economy by supporting and marketing local farms. Its goal is to bring more local, fresher food choices directly to consumers, area restaurants, grocers, schools, college campuses, hospitals and other institutions."

Organizers hope to hold the conference again next year.

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