As the holidays approach, Franklin County farmer Robert Elliott sends his thanks, in the form of an audio slideshow, to Cooperative Extension and agricultural agent Martha Mobley, this year’s winner of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Educator of the Year Award.
N.C. Growing Together offers the first local foods-focused business school supply chain fellowships.
In just three years, the N.C. 10% Campaign, which encourages all North Carolinians and businesses to spend 10 percent of their food dollars on locally produced foods, has logged more than $40 million in expenditures. The campaign, which kicked off in July 2010, now counts more than 6,500 individuals and 850 businesses among its supporters.
This summer’s tomato season got off to a slow start, with cooler spring temperatures and heavier-than-normal rainfall. But that didn’t stop tomato lovers from turning out for the fourth annual Great Tomato Festival in Greensboro, organized by N.C. Cooperative Extension in Guilford County and N.C. A&T State University.
Will Cramer is the successful farm manager behind Ever Laughter Farm just north of Hillsborough. He and his business partner Sam Hummel, are among those who got their start at Orange County’s Breeze Farm enterprise incubator. New farmer programs will benefit from support of the 2013 Farm to Fork Picnic June 9.
Tickets are on sale for the 2013 Farm to Fork Picnic being held June 9, 4-7 p.m. at the PLANT @ Breeze Farm Enterprise Incubator near Hurdle Mills. The popular event, which pairs local farmers with Triangle area chefs, has been called “the country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.
For the first time, N.C. State’s Agroecology Education Farm will provide fresh produce to campus dining facilities. As part of the university’s Earth Day celebration, community members, students and more gathered to plant the plants that will feed the campus.
Everyone eats and just about everyone could do it fresher and healthier – while also strengthening local economies. That’s the benefit of local food and the focus of North Carolina State University’s annual Earth Day celebration April 13-18.
Civil rights attorney and policy advocate Maya Wiley will be the featured speaker at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ Annual Lecture, Feb. 27 in Durham. Wiley will speak on the topic, “Unmasking Inequities: Building Toward a More Just Food System for All.”
For Taylor Farley, the chickens definitely came first, then the eggs. Hundreds of them. Then thousands of them. Enough for the 14-year-old budding agricultural entrepreneur to pay for piano lessons and to begin saving for college.