North Carolina Cooperative Extension and many organizations and stakeholders are working with our communities to develop and expand local food systems across the state. Local Foods is a collaborative Flagship Program for the Cooperative Extension Program of NC A&T State University and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service of NC State University. A new Local Food web portal at localfood.ces.ncsu.edu provides information and links to resources from Cooperative Extension and other NC local food partners.
The Richmond County Center Local Foods contact is Paige Burns.
Every year around Valentine’s Day Celebrity Dairy invites the public out to the farm to see the newborn goats and enjoy an afternoon at a working farm that makes award-winning goat cheese. The 2016 MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
Registration is now open! Registration is $15/person and includes light breakfast and lunch. Sponsored by Advocates for Health in Action and hosted by Marbles Kids Museum, the 7th Annual Dig In! will be March 12, 2016. The MORE »– from Gardening
Note: This survey is intended for farmers who grow vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts, cut flowers, and/or nursery and greenhouse crops. Announcement from the North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation Work Group: North Carolina ranks in MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
The 2016 NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) Grant Application and Guidelines are now available at www.tobaccotrustfund.org. The NCTTFC funds projects that make positive impacts on the agricultural community. About $2 million will be available MORE »– from Local Food
Hot off the Press!! Collard Greens and Common Ground: A North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook by Don Boekelheide and Lucy Bradley. Table of Contents Introduction Getting Started Site Selection Food Garden Design Site MORE »– from Community Gardens
According to NC State Extension Specialist, Dr. Sara Spayd, “I know this beautiful weather is tempting, but please DO NOT PRUNE – even hedging. Pruning helps to stimulate vine growth. I would not MORE »– from Gardening
2016 PLANT Class Announcement The ninth annual PLANT@Breeze Class starts on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. This class covers many production and business related topics for aspiring farmers. Each class meets for three hours, MORE »– from Local Food
Photos by Debbie Roos, Chatham County Cooperative Extension In late 2008, I planted a demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Mills to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, MORE »– from Growing Small Farms
Farm School registration has opened for 2016. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have step by step expertise in creating your own agricultural venture. The NC Farm school is THE place MORE »– from Local Food
NC AgVentures, a NC Cooperative Extension program provides grants to NC farmers for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that will increase farm profits. The program will award an average of $5,000 to $12,000. MORE »– from Local Food