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  • MONDAY:
  • Oxford, Charlotte, Triad, Richmond VA
  • TUESDAY:
  • Hillsborough, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Triad
  • WEDNESDAY:
  • Asheville & Western NC
  • THURSDAY:
  • Charlotte, Triad
  • FRIDAY:
  • Hillsborough, Saxapahaw, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
  • 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.

Alexis Luckey, Chief Operating Officer

Alexis got her start in sustainable agriculture in Charlottesville, among the farm-dotted foothills of the Blue Ridge, while working at the University of Virginia. She eventually abandoned the dusty shelves of academia for Peace Corps service in Africa, building school gardens and leading community workshops on permaculture and natural medicine. During a stint at the Wallace Center in DC, she worked with food hubs nationwide that are transforming local food systems, and is thrilled to land at ECO, at the forefront of this movement. She is a big fan of beets, and bacon.

Andrew Pinney, Production Manager

Andrew joined the ECO team as an intern in January of 2013. After serving as our full-time Quality Control & Nutrition Specialist since June of 2013, he moved into the role of Production Manager in August 2015. Andrew has a Bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University. The entire ECO team gets excited every time Andrew starts chopping veggies in the kitchen at the ECO-Hub - he's got mad skills! Favorite veggies: broccoli and daikon radishes. And anything pickled.

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.

Derrick Hall, Driver & Assistant Logistics 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.

DeShannon Correa, Office Manager

DeShannon is another New York transplant, but always a southern girl at heart. DeShannon has over 15 years experience as an office manager. She previously worked in the Food & Beverage department of a hotel, assisting in the coordination of catered events and is excited to learn about organic farming and processes. Favorite veggies: collard greens and asparagus.

Gary Stevens, Sales Manager

Gary joins ECO with more than twenty years of organic sales and distribution experience. Gary started his career with A & P as a Produce Manager and Merchandising Specialist and has gone on to develop vast sales and shipper experience with companies such as Albert's Organics and Four Seasons Produce. He is eager to help regional organic growers improve their marketability, thereby increasing certified organic acreage and putting North Carolina on the map as a major organic agricultural producing state. He enjoys marathon swimming, running, cycling, mountain biking, triathlons, and surfing. Favorite veggies: broccoli, artichokes, asparagus and potatoes.

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.

Michael Jones, Warehouse Fulfillment Team Member
Michael is excited to join ECO to further his experience and knowledge of food. “It’s important to know where food comes from and where it’s going, for the vitality of our future existence”. Michael’s experience includes work at Bountiful Backyards as an Edible Landscaper. As a lover of food and music, Michael feels that the two can bring people together to build better communities and to inspire others. Favorite veggies: collards, carrots, red cabbage, banana peppers, butternut squash and tomatoes.

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.

Sebastian Naskaris, Operations and Logistics Manager

Sebastian started his career developing his standard for sustainability and food artistry. He spent most of his twenties working on the line and on farms in Italy, Spain, and Upstate NY.
In 2009, he noticed few people had access to well grown food and decided to try helping. He became an inaugural FoodCorps service member and then Fellow. With FoodCorps, he built school gardens and helped increase the amount of fresh and local veggies in public school cafeterias. Civil service informed his belief that supporting sustainability and food access required evolving the business of food. He took a Supply Chain Fellowship with The Center for Environmental Farming Systems and Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at NC State. As a Supply Chain Fellow, he worked as part of a USDA-funded team to re-design local food supply chains, increasing access for small and mid-scale producers to mainstream markets. Sebastian is grateful to be on the ECO team. With the company, he seeks to continue serving his goals of scaling sustainable agriculture, serving food artistry, and ensuring food equity. Favorite veggie: arugula by the handful.

Theodore Kerr, Warehouse Fulfillment Team Lead

Theodore joins ECO after his work at Tiny Farm in Hillsborough. He has a solid background working at organic farms in North Carolina. Theodore very much supports local farmers and their economic growth and is glad to have landed at ECO.
Theodore enjoys the healing benefits of cold thermogenesis and long distance running combined with deep rhythmic breathing. His favorite veggie is sunflower microgreens!

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.

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