CEFS celebrates Week of Sustainable Agriculture, Sept. 12-18

Date posted: August 23, 2011

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will host a week-long celebration focusing on the importance of sustainable agriculture and locally grown foods, Sept. 12-18. CEFS will host several events to educate the community about vibrant North Carolina agriculture, including workshops, film screenings and multiple outreach events.

“There are so many aspects to the issue of local foods that are of interest to students and others all across North Carolina. While in one sense, every week is Celebrate Sustainable Agriculture Week, I am very happy to see us toot the horn this one week in a special way so we can mark our support for all these events and conversations,” said Dr. John O’Sullivan of N.C. A&T State University, one of the co-directors at CEFS.

Schedule of Events:

Whole Animal Butchery for Chefs and Farmers, Sept. 12-13
Location: Asheville, NC
Registration Fee: Fee schedule available online on NC Choices website

NC Choices and A-B Tech Community College Culinary Arts Program in partnership with Range Partners and The Butcher’s Guild present a Carolina Meat Institute workshop. This two-day intensive training on whole animal butchery, utilization and economics will take place at A-B Tech’s Demonstration Kitchen Magnolia Facility, in Asheville. NC Choices is CEFS partner that promotes the production and sale of locally produced meats.

Film Screening of INGREDIENTS, with Panel Discussion, Sept. 14
Location: N.C. State University’s Witherspoon Student Center
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Registration Fee: FREE

CEFS, in partnership with N.C. State’s Campus Cinemas, is hosting this screening of the feature-length documentary, INGREDIENTS. This film illustrates how people around the country are working to revitalize the connection between farms and food. The film takes us across the U.S. from the diversified farms of the Hudson River and Willamette Valleys to the urban food deserts of Harlem and to the kitchens of celebrated chefs Alice Waters, Peter Hoffman and Greg Higgins. Panelists will discuss North Carolina’s local foods movement.

Sept. 17-18
For the weekend, please join CEFS at one of these events:
SPARKcon, Sept. 15-18
Yates Mill Pond Harvest Festival, Sept. 17
CALS Tailgate, Sept. 17
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Eastern Farm Tour, Sept. 17-18
Chatham County Cooperative Extension and the Central Carolina Community College Sustainable Agriculture Program present the film, The Greenhorns. Sept. 18
For more information on any of these events, please contact Lisa Forehand or visit the CEFS website, www.cefs.ncsu.edu

CEFS was established in 1994 by North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to serve as a center dedicated to sustainable agriculture research, extension and education. Today, CEFS is one of the nation’s largest centers for the study of environmentally sustainable farming practices.

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