Faculty and staff at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems have been busy this year. Hardly a week goes by without news of how CEFS is expanding some already successful programs, starting new ones and collecting awards recognizing their work.
N.C. State University’s Organic Grain Project will lead a tour of Hickory Meadows Organics in Whitakers, an organic field crop farm, on July 19 beginning at 5 p.m. This organic farm has approximately 400 certified organic acreage, as well as conventional acreage.
Two North Carolina land-grant universities affiliated with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) – N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University –were among those named regional winners of the C. Peter Magrath University Engagement Award for 2012, presented by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
Tickets to the annual Farm to Fork Picnic on May 20 at the Breeze Farm in Orange County are now on sale. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) partners with Slow Food Triangle, the Breeze Farm Incubator, and the N.C. Agricultural Foundation Inc. in putting on the event.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems will hold a field day and open houses on May 3 at the center’s 2,000 acre Goldsboro farm. The events will showcase research and extension activities related to sustainable agriculture.
NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), has received a $325,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. The funds will be used over two years to provide small-scale, commercial meat processors across the state with assistance, including business development and technical training. The project is expected to help meat processors grow their businesses, create jobs and advance the niche meat industry in the state.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ statewide initiative to stimulate economic development, create jobs and promote North Carolina’s farms and fisheries announced that more than $5.7 million in local foods expenditures have been reported by local individuals, organizations and institutions participating in the campaign.
A group of North Carolina State University faculty members has been recognized for helping farmers stay in business during the phase-out of a popular fumigant.
The second season of the Commissioner’s Speaker Series began March 23, as a panel of agribusiness leaders joined Steve Troxler, state agriculture commissioner, at N.C. State University to talk about local and sustainable agriculture.
Focusing on the science behind sustainable agricultural systems, the 2011 Nusbaum Conference at N.C. State University features leaders in a broad area of agriculture and related subjects. Michael Specter, award-winning writer for the New Yorker, is the keynote speaker.