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  • Eastern Carolina Organics
    2210 E. Pettigrew Street
    Durham NC 27703
    Ph. 919.542.3264

What We Do

What We Do
How We Started
How We Support Farmers
Our System vs. The Industrial System
Who Is Eco?

What We Do

We market and distribute wholesale Carolina organic farm produce to retailers, restaurants and buying clubs. We think (heck, we KNOW) that a sustainable food system is based on providing fresh local fruit, vegetables, and herbs while protecting the environment.

We're farmer-owned and we act like it. Eighty percent of our sales go right back to our growers. Our customers get fresh organic veggies and fruits, along with the knowledge that they're enabling farmers to protect their family land.

By pooling diverse harvests from several regions, we're able to meet the demand for a steady stream of high-quality, seasonal food choices throughout the year.

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How We Started

We were born in 2004 as a project of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and a recipient of a $48,000 Tobacco Trust Fund Commission grant. The goal of CFSA then is our mission now—to support emerging organic farmers and organic tobacco farmers while improving the supply of local organic produce.

In 2005, we became a private, grower- and manager-owned LLC with 13 grower and 2 staff owners. Today, ECO works with over 40 growers and 100 customers.

In 2011, CFSA recognized ECO as its Business of the Year, stating, "ECO is honored for their commitment to helping sustainable family farms thrive in the Carolinas."

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How We Support Farmers

We enable participating organic growers to profitably sell their products and support efforts to improve production and packaging techniques. ECO also offers a way for conventional growers to enter the expanding organic market, including assistance in the transition to organic farming. (To learn about this program, visit the Grow With ECO page.)

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Our System vs. The Industrial System

Most of the items on our availability list are still in the fields when you place your order. After orders come in to the office, we call our growers to tell them what to harvest. The produce is received, quality-checked, and stored in one of our three temperature zones. It goes to customers within 1-2 days after arrival.

Each winter we collect updated demand data from our customers and tailor production to the local market demand. Collaboration with our customers is essential to our success. We've increased certain crops and initiated new ones based on suggestions from chefs. As part of our mission, we educate the public about the benefits of buying local, organic produce.

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Who Is Eco?

Sandi Kronick, CEO

Sandi got her start in the sustainable food scene in college as the Local Food Coordinator for a 700-member dining co-op in Oberlin, Ohio. After learning how to communicate efficiently with the area's Amish farmers (who don't drive or use phones, fax or email), she optimistically figured she could set up a vibrant local food system anywhere. After consulting with Cleveland restaurants to help them set up local buying programs, Sandi moved to NC and worked for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, launching ECO in 2004. She oversees all business management activities, ensuring that the company is growing in-line with its mission and values. In 2010 Sandi was awarded the 40 Under 40 Business Leadership Award for the Triangle area of NC, and she currently serves as the Agribusiness representative on the Southern SARE Administrative Council of the USDA. Sandi has traveled in recent years to Chile and Jamaica, working with government officials, organic farmers and organizers to support the development of sustainable food systems in those countries. She has given hundreds of workshops regarding all aspects of the Eastern Carolina Organics business model, staff-centered management, grower-friendly distribution practices, and the principles of a sustainable food system. Favorite veggies: spinach, fennel, dino kale.

Randall Diers, VP/Chief Operating Officer

As a longstanding member of the Durham business community and resident of the city, Randall has a deep love and commitment for community. He is dedicated to the assisting and uplifting of our communities by providing a bridge between local farmers and consumers so that organically grown and harvested produce that feeds the souls of our families and communities are readily and reasonably attainable. Randall's inherent love and passion for the farming community was born in him, as he grew up among his family's dairy farms in Abbotsford, Wisconsin. He spent much of his youth working on those farms and as a result developed a deeply rooted love and respect for the land, the animals, the farmers, and ultimately the consumers. He is honored to join the team at ECO and immensely grateful for the opportunity to once again serve the community in his current role. Favorite veggies: Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Okra

Anthony Johnson, Driver
Anthony has several years of experience in the food service and produce industry, providing customer service, sales and operations support. Before joining ECO, he was an Account Executive and Driver. Anthony is a people person, loves new experiences, and spending time with his family. Anthony is excited to be part of a team that enables local farmers to protect their land the environment, while interacting with ECO’s customers. Favorite veggies: spinach, cabbage, broccoli and his newest obsession, eggplant.

Bridgette Thurston, Marketing & Sales Manager

Bridgette received her BS in Anthropology from the College of Charleston. She has worked in the field for 13 years, including time at Whole Foods. Her passion of food products also extended to a Natural Chef certification obtained from Bauman College in Boulder, CO. Produce and natural foods are woven through her experiences from working on a biodynamic farm in Wisconsin to using food as medicine. Bridgette feels strongly that our food systems importance will only continue to increase as we face additional challenges of climate change. She is looking forward to working at ECO because she agrees with ECO's passionate mission statement. Favorite veggies are: Asparagus, squash, potatoes, lacinato kale, beets and sunchokes…just to name a few!

Constance Collins, Administrative Assistant

Constance is so thrilled to be back in Raleigh/Durham and joins ECO as their part-time Administrative Assistant. She recently moved from Ohio and can’t wait to put in her own gardens as well. Working in office administration in several states for over 20 years, she really likes the ECO concept and environment. Swimming, DIY projects and reading round out her days… with her husband and Yorkie Poo. Favorite veggies: cauliflower, cucumbers and peppers-all varieties and level of spice.

Kary Sanders, Production Coordinator

Welcome Kary Sanders as our new Production Coordinator. She is happy to be in Durham and embarking on her dream job! Her formal education includes a BS in Sustainable Development and she feels strongly about having easy access to organics. Kary is passionate about the farmer/buyer relationship and loves being able to share the story of where the produce actually comes from. Camping, and spending time with her animal kids keep her occupied when she is not at ECO. Favorite veggies include carrots, broccoli, and sugar snaps.

Laura Cloak, Sales Coordinator

Laura is so thrilled to land at ECO. She got to know and work with many Triangle-area farmers and producers in her previous position at LoMo Market and chose to work at ECO to continue to support local producers and work toward expanding the market for local. Her first produce job was picking strawberries in northern Ohio, she's also been a produce team member, local buyer & Green Mission rep for Whole Foods Market and worked on several Triangle-area farms. Laura has a Master's of Environmental Management from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment where she studied ecosystem science & conservation and developed a passion and deep respect for sustainable agriculture. She likes to run marathons every now and then and hopes to start a farm one day. Favorite veggies: sweet potatoes, snap peas, garlicky greens.

Neal Scobie, QC Receiving Specialist

Neal studied communications at The College of Marin. While working in sales and logistics, Neal saw the importance of businesses becoming sustainable. Neal mastered produce merchandising working at Whole Foods and The Durham Co-op before joining ECO. Neal finds connecting the local community to other local businesses and farms very gratifying. ECO’s growth and industry leading standards prompted Neal’s desire to work at ECO. Favorite veggies: Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard and heirloom tomatoes.

Randy Degraffenreaidt, Driver

Randy is a long time Chatham County resident who first came to ECO in 2010. After leaving for a short time for school, Randy returned to ECO in the summer of 2012. In his spare time Randy works with a variety of youth and community interest groups and also enjoys hunting and fishing. Favorite veggies: collards and squash.

Tucker Bates, QC Inventory Specialist

Tucker has a BS in Biology from Davidson College. He has years of plant nursery and landscaping experience. He was Farm Manager at Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers, NC. Tucker says his life revolves around food and he loves to eat and cook. He thinks food hubs are among the most important facets to establishing strong, local food systems and he’s glad to join ECO for that perspective. Tucker enjoys running, new music and podcasts. Favorite veggies: Asparagus and cherry tomatoes.

Derrick Hall, Transportation & Facility Coordinator

Derrick joined the ECO team in 2015. He previously worked in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia in the paper recycling industry. Derrick enjoys fishing, kayaking, building furniture from re-purposed wood and working on his vegetable garden. Derrick felt right at home from the moment he visited ECO and he is thrilled to be part of ECO's commitment to supplying quality, local produce. Favorite veggies: peperoncini, chili peppers and romaine lettuce

Justin Tsao, Sales Administrator

Justin Tsao is joining the ECO Sales Team as a part time Administrator. He has experience in both administration and food quality assurance. Justin is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate with a Masters of International Business from Hult International Business School. He loves both the food and health industries. Broccolini, corn and kale are his favorite veggies.

Dennis Baxter, Warehouse Fulfillment Team
Dennis joined ECO after his previous job as a train operator. He is originally from Jamaica but called both NYC and Florida as home before coming to NC. When not at ECO, he spends time with his 2 sons. His favorite veggies are spinach and any other leafy greens.

Becky Byrum, Accounting

Becky, a graduate of UNC, has many years of corporate accounting experience. After doing ECO recon and interviewing, she feels 'this is where I should be working'. When not crunching the numbers, Becky enjoys keeping fit-recently incorporating yoga into her routine. She has 2 grown children and a grandpup. Spinach, sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts are among her favorite vegetables.

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