The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), one of the nation’s foremost centers for research, extension and education in sustainable agriculture and local food systems, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a SOILbration in Goldsboro on Oct. 17 and speakers and a reunion dinner in Raleigh Oct. 18.
Nearly 150 educators from sustainable agriculture programs and student farms were in Raleigh earlier this month for the sixth annual Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference. Conference participants from around the country came to NC State University for panel discussions, farm and community garden tours and a kickoff dinner at the Agroecology Education Farm at the Lake Wheeler Road Education Unit.
Nancy Creamer, horticulture professor and director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, has been named to a 15-member board of directors for the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR).
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Farm to Fork Picnic, June 8, 4-7 p.m., at the Breeze Farm in Orange County. The picnic, which pairs some of the area’s best chefs with local farmers, has been called the “the best country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.
When Robert Elliott imagines his future as a farmer, he sees a large operation with a nice market where customers can buy affordable, sustainably produced vegetables, fruit, chickens, turkeys and more. While it’s just a dream right now, Elliott is making fast progress since the day when he found himself an unemployed veteran with no job prospects. He credits the support and knowledge he’s gotten from North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Martha Mobley, Franklin County agricultural agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension has been named the North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Extension Educator of the Year.
Registration is now open for NC Choices’ Carolina Meat Conference in Winston-Salem Dec. 9-10. The conference is in its third year of innovative educational programming and networking opportunities for niche meat supply chain partners including farmers, processors, chefs, buyers and industry support businesses.
With an ecologist’s heart and mind, Danesha Seth Carley helps lead the College’s sustainability programs.
Kevin Stallings, a Ph.D. student in crop science, is conducting research that could be used in the restoration of a storied golf course that will host the 2014 U.S. Open. Stallings is characterizing native vegetation, desirable adapted species and invasive weeds at Pinehurst No. 2, all in an effort to create a model for how course superintendents can approach sustainability.
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.