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Extension invited to join 10% Campaign

10% Building North Carolina's Local Food Economy | Farm to Fork

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is supporting the 10% Campaign, aimed at encouraging consumers to spend 10 percent of their food dollars locally, by providing an agent in each county to serve as a local foods coordinator. In addition, Extension has signed on to promote the campaign and support a 10% Campaign Employee Challenge, according to a memo from Drs. Joe Zublena and M. Ray McKinnie.

N.C. 4-H’ers take action to stop the hidden problem of local hunger

4-H's Hungry to Help Project

4-H’ers attending State 4-H Congress in mid-July committed to an ambitious goal of collecting 1 million pounds of food for North Carolina’s food banks as part of a campaign called Hungry to Help. Conducted in partnership with the Food Banks of North Carolina, the campaign is designed to promote awareness of hunger in North Carolina and to help stop it.

CEFS launches campaign to build North Carolina’s local food economy

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has launched a new statewide effort to build North Carolina’s local food economy. The 10% Campaign encourages consumers to spend 10 percent of their existing food dollars to support local food producers and related businesses. Doing so will create jobs, boost the viability of North Carolina farms and fisheries and promote healthy communities statewide.

A berry good experience

The 4-H’ers care for the bushes, harvest the berries, package them and find ways to sell them.

Eight teens and tweens wandered beneath and between the branches of blueberry bushes under a sweltering July sun in Moore County’s Cameron community. Some mentioned the careers they’d like to pursue when they grow up: One said a hockey player. Another, an auto mechanic. And yet another, a veterinarian.

Whatever careers they ultimately choose, all of the 4-H’ers were gaining skills that will help prepare them. They were learning what it means to work hard, develop a business plan, put it into action and move on to new strategies when things don’t work out as planned.

Dr. Nancy Creamer named distinguished professor

Dr. Nancy Creamer is now a distinguished professor of sustainable and community-based food systems, a position that is one of two endowed chairs made possible with an endowment established by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Dr. Nancy Creamer, N. C. State University horticulture professor and director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, will occupy one of two endowed chairs made possible with a $3.15 million endowment established last year by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

State action guide on local foods now available

“From Farm to Fork: A Guide to Building North Carolina’s Sustainable Local Food Economy” has just been issued by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Program helps people eat smart, move more and weigh less

Participants in Wayne County's Fit and Fabulous Program work out twice a week.

More than 65 percent of all N.C. adults are overweight, and our state ranks fifth worst in the country for childhood obesity. Cooperative Extension is out to change these statistics through its Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program. The 15-week program helps people plan, track and live healthier lifestyles. A team of experts with Extension and the N.C. Division of Public Health developed the program.

Wickliffe named Guilford Extension director

Dr. William “Wick” Wickliffe, long-time North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service agent in Guilford County, has been named to direct the county’s Cooperative Extension program. Wickliffe’s appointment as Guilford Extension director, effective July 12, was announced by Dr. Joe Zublena, interim director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, and Brenda […]

Hanlin named Wilkes CED

Dr. William G. “Bill” Hanlin, area specialized Extension agent based in Wilkes County, has been named director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension center there, effective July 1. Hanlin’s appointment was announced by Wilkes County Manager John Yates and Dr. Joe Zublena, interim director, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Hanlin succeeds Donna Edsel, who retired in June […]

Going mobile: Extension IT offers site for smartphones

North Carolina Cooperative Extension has gone mobile with the launch of a new website designed specifically for smartphones such as the iPhone, Palm, BlackBerry and Android. The site, at, features staff directories for NCCE and N.C. State University and maps to county centers. Users can also reach news feeds from Extension Online News and eXtension.

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