Posts Tagged ‘sustainable agriculture’

Agroecology educators come to NC State to learn

Michelle and three other people

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 appointed to new USDA foundation board

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.

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).

Farm to Fork Picnic tickets now on sale

chef preparing plates

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.

‘A rebirth of agriculture’: Extension helps unemployed veteran launch sustainable business, giving new life to an old family farm

Robert Elliott started his Cypress Hall Farm operation in 2012.

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.

SARE recognizes Franklin County agricultural agent

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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 open for 3rd Carolina Meat Conference, Dec. 9-10

Butcher with knife and side of pork

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.

College Profile: Danesha Seth Carley

Danesha Seth Carley set out to build a program that would facilitate partnerships, raise awareness of the College's sustainability efforts and serve as an information clearing house on sustainability.

With an ecologist’s heart and mind, Danesha Seth Carley helps lead the College’s sustainability programs.

Pinehurst No. 2 goes native

Ph.D. student Kevin Stallings is among the N.C. State crop scientists and turf specialists who are developing sustainable strategies for golf courses.

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.

N.C. 10% Campaign records $40 million in local food purchases

10% Campaign website header

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.

Workshops show urban farms how to utilize compost

New guidelines will allow urban farms and community gardens to compost up to 1,000 lbs. of food waste each week. Learn how to safely convert food waste to rich compost at two workshops — May 14 and June 17 — offered by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

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