Building Agriculture Relationships Now
Our Governing Body
Rutherford BARN is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports a locally-based food system that: a) improves public health and well-being by increasing dietary intake of fresh produce; b) improves access to fresh produce by limited resource families c) enhances the capacity for sustainable food production, processing, and distribution by addressing the educational needs of the producer and consumer; (d) supports agri-tourism and economic development; (e) provides an atmosphere conducive for exchange of information and ideas between producers and consumers, and; (f) strengthens the social fabric of the local community by increasing awareness and support of local agriculture and the arts.
We believe in the inclusion of those we serve. “Nothing about us, without us, is for us.” We believe in the power of the local food system to nourish those in need locally, and strive to connect local farms to local plates to accomplish the mission of reducing local food insecurity. We believe in the capacity of our local community to sustain local farms, and believe that local farmers deserve to work for a living wage.
In keeping with these ideals, we will strive to always include our local communities in our discussions. We intend to operate with the farmers’ best interests at heart, and wish to adequately represent both the farmer and the consumer. We will act as a liaison between local organizations, helping move the mission forward in a holistic manner. Our organization is not best suited to work in every aspect necessary to reduce food insecurity, and we need to support our local partners in their work. We wish to help streamline the local response to food insecurity, so that our efforts multiply, but not duplicate.
Rutherford BARN, Inc. Officers and Board
Stephanie Rzonca – President – Organization (2019-2022)
Brandon Higgins – Vice President – Vendor (2019-2022)
Marie Rapisarda – Treasurer/Secretary – Vendor (2021-2024)
Beverly Aiken – Vendor (2021-2024)
Bob Young – Vendor (2019-2022)
Bill Coxe – Community (2021-2023)
Stephanie Higgins – Vendor (2020-2023)
Amy Bridges – Organization (2021-2022)
Articles of Incorporation
News and Updates
Forest City, N.C. (August 23, 2021): Rutherford BARN, through the Dale Young Pantry Fund, recently provided 762 pounds of ground beef to local pantries. Coming
Rutherford BARN Launches Into Summer Farmers Market With Growing Market Offerings, Expanding Access and New Board Officers
Forest City, N.C. (April 16th, 2021): Coming off unprecedented challenges and exciting growth in 2020, Rutherford BARN launches into the upcoming Summer Farmers Market focused
New website makes it easy to meet vendors and learn about impactful community-based programs RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NC, August 6, 2020—Rutherford BARN, an innovative non-profit organization
Forest City, NC – June 11, 2020 – In this time of instability, many of us are anxious and facing unknowns. Unemployment numbers are staggeringly
Rutherfordton, NC – January 15, 2020 – New Years, and especially new decades, are typically launched with ambitions of health and wellness, and the Rutherford