In a dynamic, first-of-its-kind partnership, North Carolina State University at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis and Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, joined forces for the N.C. Strawberry Project. Supported by a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, the project was designed to help grow the state's agricultural industry, strengthen the strawberry sector and involve consumers in the process.
The project also put the spotlight on N.C. State's Plants for Human Health Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus. The research component focused on Dr. Jeremy Pattison's work to breed a better North Carolina strawberry. Dr. Pattison teamed up with Chef Mark Allison, dean of culinary education at Johnson & Wales. This project brought together both to complete the research-to-farm-to-fork circle.
You can see how the story continues to unfold in this video.