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Local Food Southern Farm Show Wed Feb 4- Sat Feb 7, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
— 3 days away

Event description provided by NCDA&CS:

Don’t miss this year’s Southern Farm Show at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh. Commissioner Steve Troxler cordially invites you to attend the 10th annual Agricultural Development Forum on February 5. NCDA&CS division representatives will be available throughout the show to answer your questions. Visit http://www.gottobenc.com/node/1182 for more information about the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Information about the Feb 5 panel presentation on selling produce to the military will be held as part of the Agricultural Development Forum. One-on-one meetings between buyers and produce farmers will be held following the presentation. More information at the link above.

Please forward to anyone you think would be interested.

Jack Nales
Marketing Specialist
NC Department of Agriculture
1020 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1020
919-707-3106

Local Food Abundance NC’s 3rd Annual Climate Change Adaptation Conference Thu Feb 5- Sat Feb 7, 2015 (All Day Event) — 4 days away

Abundance NC’s 3rd Annual Climate Change Adaptation Conference will be held February 5th-6th, 2015 in Pittsboro, NC. The keynote speaker for the conference is Peter Bane, renowned Permaculture activist.

The Climate Change Adaptation Conference for Farmers grew out of a need for education and support of our local farmers, who have been in distress due to the extreme weather challenges they’ve been facing in the last several years. This was an innovative and first of its kind conference that draws powerful speakers and has sold out each year.

Registration for the full-day Conference on Friday is only $25 for farmers and students, and $35 for researchers and activists until January 30th.

The pre-conference “Amuse Bouche” on February 5th, the night before the conference, is open to the public, and tickets are only $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Appetizers and drinks followed by a panel discussion about climate adaptation efforts around the world at the community scale.

REGISTER HERE: https://farmingadaptation.eventbrite.com

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Abundance NC
Cultivating & celebrating resilient communities.

919-533-5181
220 Lorax Lane #5
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Web - http://www.abundancenc.org

Growing Small Farms Small Flock Workshop Thu Feb 5, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Sanford, NC
— 4 days away

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in partnership with The Livestock Conservancy, the NCDA&CS, and the NCSU Prestage Department of Poultry Science, will conduct their Annual Area Small Flock Seminar on Thursday February 5 at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center in Sanford, NC. The target audience for this workshop is producers who raise chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese.

Topics include Biosecurity & Preventing Disease; Heritage Duck Breeds for Egg & Meat Production; Waterfowl Brooding & Nutrition; Basics of Home Processing; Planting Greens for your Birds; and more.

For more information including registration details, visit Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/small-flock-workshop

Deadline for registration is February 3.

Local Food Annual Area Small Flock Seminar Thu Feb 5, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, Sanford, NC
— 4 days away

Pre-registration is required. For more information including registration details, visit Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/small-flock-workshop.
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North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in partnership with The Livestock Conservancy, the NCDA&CS, and the NCSU Prestage Department of Poultry Science, will conduct their Annual Area Small Flock Seminar on Thursday February 5 at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center in Sanford, NC. The target audience for this workshop is producers who raise chickens, turkeys, and ducks.

Topics include Biosecurity & Preventing Disease; Heritage Duck Breeds for Egg & Meat Production; Waterfowl Brooding & Nutrition; Basics of Home Processing; Planting Greens for your Birds; and more.

For more information including registration details, visit Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/small-flock-workshop

Deadline for registration is February 3.

Local Food AgForum to focus on Agriculture and the Military in North Carolina Thu Feb 5, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
— 4 days away

Register for the Commissioner’s AgForum on February 5: http://www.ncagr.gov/agforum/registration.htm

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler invites farmers and others interested in economics and ag policy to the tenth annual Ag Development Forum. The event will take place Thursday, February 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds. Admission is free.

This year's forum features the Commissioner's annual "State of Agriculture" address, an agricultural economic outlook, and will highlight the partnership between agriculture and the military.

Richmond County Center Timber Tax Update for the 2014 Tax Year Webinar Thu Feb 5, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension http://www.forestrywebinars.net/
— 4 days away

What will you learn?
This webinar is designed to help woodland owners, foresters and their tax advisors prepare for the filing of their 2014 federal tax returns. In addition to providing useful tax tips and covering the latest changes to tax law, the webinar will also cover these important issues: tax deductions, timber income reporting, 1099-S filing, basis, loss, and the filing of Form T.

Presenter: Dr. Linda Wang, National Timber Tax Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Washington Office

Education Credits from the following organizations continuing education programs have been approved: Society of American Foresters - 1 hour Category 1 Credit

Registration not required. To Join the webinar visit http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/timber-tax-update-for-the-2014-tax-year

Growing Small Farms Climate Adaptation Conference Fri Feb 6, 2015 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Pittsboro, NC
— 5 days away

Abundance NC’s Climate Change Adaptation Conference for Farmers grew out of a need for education and support of our local farmers, who have been in distress due to the extreme weather challenges they’ve been facing in the last several years. This was an innovative and first of its kind conference that draws powerful speakers and has sold out each year. For details visit http://abundancenc.org/event/climate-adaptation/

Community Gardens Webinar - Pesticides Strategy Fri Feb 6, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension on the computer
— 5 days away

Pesticides are useful tools if we use them properly. Improper use can harm the user and the environment and lead to secondary pest outbreaks. Learn how to use pesticides safely and effectively in this webinar presented by Kaci Buhl from Oregon State University. Moderated by Charles Pinkston and Danielle Carroll, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Go to learn.extension.org/events/1864 for information on how to connect to this webinar.

For more information on the series visit: extension.org/pages/72197.

Richmond County Center Gardening101-Soils & Fertilizer Mon Feb 9, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 1 week away
Local Food Pasture Pork Conference Wed Feb 11- Sat Feb 14, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro, NC, USA
— 1 week away

The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will be hosting a Pasture Pork Conference in Greensboro, NC.FEBRUARY 11, 2015: Pre-conference farm tour from 1-4 pm (meet at 7009 Bass Mountain Road, Snow Camp, NC) and evening presentation “Introduction to Outdoor Swine Production” from 6-8 pm in Coltrane Hall’s Godfrey Room, NC A&T Campus (corner of Market and Dudley Streets, beside the YMCA), Greensboro, NC.FEBRUARY 12, 2015: 8 am-6 pm, Guilford Convention Center, 3114 Cedar Park Rd, GreensboroPresenters include (among others):Dr. John McGlone, Texas Tech UniversityDr. David Stender, Iowa State UniversityDr. Eric van Heugten, Silvana Pietrosemoli, Dr. Jim Green (NRCS) - NorthCarolina State UniversityDr. Noah Ranells, Dr. Michelle Eley - North Carolina A&T State UniversityTim Holmes/Emily Lancaster, Animal Welfare ApprovedJames Hill, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) ProgramNCDAC&S representative – Feral Swine ProgramTo see the agenda & register online go to: http://goo.gl/forms/gL4n1gNWSGPlease register by February 6, 2015. Hotels next door to Convention Center: Holiday Inn Express, 3111 Cedar Park Road;336-697-0101 ($65.90/night); Days Inn (will be under renovation); 336-697-4000; $52.95/night). Some travel cost reimbursement may be available to those over 45 miles from the event; please inquire if needed.For more information, please contact Tiffany Slade, 336-285-4653, sladet@ncat.edu or Dr. Niki Whitley at ncwhitle@ncat.edu.Registration form and flyer attached. Please post flyer and help spread the word!

Growing Small Farms Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference Thu Feb 12, 2015 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Rocky Mount, NC
— 2 weeks away

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference is the place to network with growers and buyers while learning to improve the productivity and profitability of your larger-scale farm. The conference features nine concurrent workshops on a range of topics including whole farm crop insurance, organic broccoli production, marketing pork to wholesalers and retailers, postharvest handling, organic breeding systems, crop rotation planning, enterprise budgets, and more. For more information visit the CFSA website at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/oclc.

Local Food Organic Commodities & Livestock Conference Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Nash County Community College, Rocky Mount, NC
— 2 weeks away

Find out more information here:
http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/oclc/

Local Food N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Farmer Meeting with Harris Teeter Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Cabarrus County Center in Concord
— 2 weeks away

The event is free, but registration is required. Registration is due before February 2. To register, contact Tony Haywood, NCDA&CS retail marketing specialist, at tony.haywood@ncagr.gov or 919-707-3140.
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Event information provided by: NCDA&CS Marketing Division


The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host a farmers meeting for N.C. growers interested in selling fresh produce and greenery items to Harris Teeter. The meeting will be held at the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Cabarrus County Center in Concord on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The department is committed to helping farmers find new markets for their products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These farmers meetings offer local growers a chance to meet with major retailers, one-on-one, in a way that they may not otherwise get.”
Mark Hilton, the vice president of produce and floral for Harris Teeter, will give an overview of Harris Teeter’s guidelines for selling to its stores. In addition, category specialists can answer farmers’ specific questions about purchasing requirements. Lunch will be provided.

The Marketing Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works with farmers and food businesses to expand domestic and international markets for local agricultural products. In addition, the division helps consumers identify N.C. agricultural products wherever they shop or eat through its Got to Be NC marketing program. More information about the program, including online directories to find N.C. products, is available at www.gottobenc.com.

Local Food ASAP's 2015 Business of Farming Conference Fri Feb 13- Sun Feb 15, 2015 (All Day Event) — 2 weeks away

ASAP's 2015 Business of Farming Conference has moved to UNC Asheville and will be offering new learning opportunities, including pre-conference workshop intensives. The conference features 17 workshop choices, meetings with restaurant chefs, owners, distributors, and grocers in the popular Grower-Buyer Meeting, and exclusive one-on-one consultations with business and marketing professionals and attorneys from Ward and Smith, PA. Spend a day (and some) networking with other farmers while learning valuable tools for growing your farm business.

Early bird registration ends January 15. Attendance is $50 per person or $75 for two farm partners by January 15; or $75 per person or $100 for two farm partners after January 15. Friday afternoon sessions cost $15 per person; $30 after January 15. The conference sells out every year so sign up now to secure your spot! Register online or download and mail an application form.

What can you expect? Click here for a list of Saturday workshops, or learn more about the Lunchtime Grower-Buyer Meetings and Consulting Sessions.

This year start your conference a day early:
To offer more resources we have expanded the Business of Farming Conference to two days for farmers who wish to dig deeper into some current topics. Friday workshops are hosted in multiple locations near Asheville by regional professionals and farmers. Topics include:
Agritourism: Opportunities and Considerations for Opening Your Farm to the Public
Adding Value to Your Farm Products - Processing, Packing and Pricing
Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit
The Whole Hog: Strategies for Utilization, Working with your Butcher, Pricing and Marketing

Learn more and register at: http://asapconnections.org/events/business-of-farming-conference/ or contact us at 828-236-1282 with questions. Registration discounts available until January 15. Sign up now and save!

Richmond County Center Gardening101-Lawns Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 2 weeks away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 123 Caroline St, Rockingham, NC 28379, USA
— 3 weeks away
Local Food Farmers Market Managers Workshop, A Successful Season – Building a Stronger Farmers Market Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Guilford County Extension Center, Greensboro, NC
— 3 weeks away

Event information from NCDA&CS:

Registration is now open for NCDA’s 5th Annual Farmers Market Managers Workshop, A Successful Season – Building a Stronger Farmers Market.

The workshop will be held on Friday, February 20, at the Guilford County Extension Center, in Greensboro.

The workshop is from 9:30 – 3:00. Cost is $20, which includes lunch.

Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is February 11.

You can find the agenda and registration form here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/Agenda_Registration2015_Greensboro.pdf

Questions?

Contact Kevin Hardison, 919.707.3123, kevin.hardison@ncagr.gov or Annette Dunlap, 919.707.3117, annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov.

Local Food N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Farmer Meeting with Harris Teeter Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Martin Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
— 3 weeks away

The event is free, but registration is required. Registration is due before February 9. To register, contact Tony Haywood, NCDA&CS retail marketing specialist, at tony.haywood@ncagr.gov or 919-707-3140.

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Event information provided by: NCDA&CS Marketing Division

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host a farmers meeting for N.C. growers interested in selling fresh produce and greenery items to Harris Teeter. The meeting will be held at the Martin Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Friday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“These farmers meetings offer local growers a chance to meet with major retailers, one-on-one, in a way that they may not otherwise get,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “It is one of the many ways our marketing specialists help farmers find new markets for their products.”

Mark Hilton, the vice president of produce and floral for Harris Teeter, will give an overview of Harris Teeter’s guidelines for selling to its stores. In addition, category specialists can answer farmers’ specific questions about purchasing requirements. Lunch will be provided.
The event is free, but registration is required. Registration is due before February 9. To register, contact Tony Haywood, NCDA&CS retail marketing specialist, at tony.haywood@ncagr.gov or 919-707-3140.

The Marketing Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works with farmers and food businesses to expand domestic and international markets for local agricultural products. In addition, the division helps consumers identify N.C. agricultural products wherever they shop or eat through its Got to Be NC marketing program. More information about the program, including online directories to find N.C. products, is available at www.gottobenc.com.

Click the link to access a flyer.

on 2 calendars Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Pittsboro, NC
— 3 weeks away

North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a fruit tree pruning demonstration on Saturday February 21 from 10:00 am – noon at Howard’s Farm a few miles west of Pittsboro on Hwy 64. Annual training and pruning are needed for fruit trees to develop proper shape and form but many growers are intimidated by pruning and neglect this important task. Properly trained and pruned trees will yield high-quality fruit much sooner and live significantly longer. Dr. Mike Parker, North Carolina State University Fruit Tree Specialist, will demonstrate proper pruning techniques for apple and peach trees. For more details and registration info, visit the Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/gsf-workshops

Local Food Piedmont Grown Annual Conference 2015 Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension North Carolina Research Center, Kannapolis, NC
— 3 weeks away

This year's topic is Growing Your Farm and Food Business: Increasing Profitability -- something that we all want! Our keynote speaker is Chris Blanchard of Purple Pitchfork in Decorah, Iowa. Chris is a sought-after farming consultant, author and speaker who offers the practical wisdom of a farmer who has “been there.” As the owner and operator of Rock Spring Farm since 1999, Chris raised twenty acres of vegetables, herbs, and greenhouse crops, marketed through a 200-member year-round CSA, food stores, and farmers markets. He brings a fresh approach to farm and food business management along with down-to-earth information and honesty.

New this year: 6 breakout sessions to choose from! Curbside Consulting available after the conference for more in-depth advice and answers! An in-depth farmer-focused session on record-keeping after the conference as well as tour of the Lomax Incubator Farm.

Reserve your spot now! Pre-registration is encouraged -- registration by February 19 will guarantee that lunch will be included with your fee. Vegetarian options will be available. A limited number of walk-in spots will be available the morning of the conference, but lunch may not be available without prior registration.

For full agenda & registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/piedmont-grownannual-conference-2015-registration-15081762959

Richmond County Center Gardening101-Plant Diseases Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 3 weeks away
Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal North American Raspberry and Blackberry Annual Meeting Tue Feb 24- Sat Feb 28, 2015 (All Day Event) — 3 weeks away
Local Food 4th Annual NCDA&CS Food Business Conference – Central & Eastern NC Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Alamance Cooperative Extension office, 209-C N. Graham-Hopedale Road, Burlington, NC
— 3 weeks away

Cost: $40, includes meals and materials
Registration Deadline: February 16, 2015

Agenda and Registration forms are available at the NCDA&CS Marketing - Agribusiness Development website: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/

Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Field Day Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM — 3 weeks away
Local Food Navigating the USDA GAP Audit - Brunswick County Center Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center, 25 Referendum Dr, Bolivia, NC 28422
— 3 weeks away

Register online today!
Major credit cards accepted.
http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events

QUESTIONS?
If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458-6980 or email at trish@carolinafarmstewards.org.

(910) 253-2610
Cooperative Extension Contact:
Mark Blevins (mark_blevins@ncsu.edu)

Local Food Navigating the USDA GAP Audit - Nash County Center Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Nash County Center, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Room 102, Nashville, NC 27856
— 4 weeks away

Register online today!
Major credit cards accepted.
http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events

QUESTIONS?
If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458-6980 or email at trish@carolinafarmstewards.org.

(252) 459-9810
Cooperative Extension Contact:
Charlie Tyson (charlie_tyson@ncsu.edu)

Community Gardens Growing In Place Symposium - Natural Learning Initiative Thu Mar 5, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Marbles Museum, 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
— 1 month away


Our partner, the Natural Learning Initiative, has opened registration for its "Growing In Place" Symposium, March 5, 2015 in Raleigh. Erin White of the Community Food Lab will speak about the role of design in creating diverse, healthy food systems, and there will be a number of other presentations about Green Neighborhood Assets: Streets, Houses, Schools, Parks, Food.

NLI - http://naturalearning.org/growing-place-symposium-2015
Symposium - http://naturalearning.org/growing-place-symposium-2015
Community Food Lab - http://www.communityfoodlab.org/

Growing Small Farms 22nd Annual Organic Growers' School Sat Mar 7- Mon Mar 9, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Asheville, NC
— 1 month away

The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference on-farm events.
More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience. For more information visit the conference website at http://organicgrowersschool.org/annual-spring-conference.

Local Food 22nd Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference Sat Mar 7- Mon Mar 9, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension UNCA in Asheville, NC
— 1 month away

Event information provided by Organic Growers School.
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"Join us for the 22nd Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference.

Who: For healthy eaters, home growers, & farmers!
What: This much-loved annual event provides practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living.
When: March 7-8, 2015
Time: 9am to 5:30 pm on both Saturday & Sunday, plus a keynote Saturday night.
Where: UNCA in Asheville, NC
Cost: $45 for Saturday, $40 for Sunday (Early Bird Registration by January 30, 2015).

This year’s conference offers 70 sessions per day in these themed tracks:
Gardening
Soils
Livestock
Primitive Skills
Permaculture
Herbs
Alternative Energy
Sustainable Forestry
Homesteading
Cooking
Poultry
Commercial Farmers I
Commercial Farmers II
Mushrooms (New for 2015)
Food Resilience (New for 2015)

Plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. The largest locally-run sustainability conference in the Southeast.

Kick off the Growing Season! Register Now: https://organicgrowersschool.org/2015-annual-spring-conference-registration/"

Local Food Dig-In! Weaving Edible Landscapes, Community Gardens and Urban Ag into the fabric of our community Sat Mar 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
— 1 month away

AHA will host Dig In! again at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, March 7, 2015. http://www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org/eat-healthy/community-gardens/dig-in/"> http://www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org/eat-healthy/community-gardens/dig-in/

Agenda and registration materials will be available in January.

Plan to join us as we weave edible landscapes–community gardens and urban ag–into the fabric of our community in Wake County! Workshops will feature experts and information on:

- community gardens

- edible school gardens

- edible child care gardens

Who should come to Dig In?

- Elected officials

- City planners

- Teachers

- Child care center staff

- Parents

- Churches and other faith-based organizations

- Business leaders

- Nonprofit organizations

- Advocates

Presentations & Community Gardening Resources

Check out all the resources on community gardens from past Dig In! events and other expert sources.

Community Gardens Dig-In! Weaving Edible Landscapes, Community Gardens and Urban Ag into the fabric of our community Sat Mar 7, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
— 1 month away

AHA will host Dig In! again at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
http://www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org/eat-healthy/community-gardens/dig-in/

Agenda and registration materials will be available in January.

Plan to join us as we weave edible landscapes–community gardens and urban ag–into the fabric of our community in Wake County! Workshops will feature experts and information on:
- community gardens
- edible school gardens
- edible child care gardens

Who should come to Dig In?
- Elected officials
- City planners
- Teachers
- Child care center staff
- Parents
- Churches and other faith-based organizations
- Business leaders
- Nonprofit organizations
- Advocates

Presentations & Community Gardening Resources
Check out all the resources on community gardens from past Dig In! events and other expert sources.

Richmond County Center Gardening101-Diseases Mon Mar 9, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 1 month away
Local Food Navigating the USDA GAP Audit - Polk County Center Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Polk County Center, 60 Gibson Street, Columbus, NC 28722
— 1 month away

Register online today!
Major credit cards accepted.
http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events

QUESTIONS?
If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458-6980 or email at trish@carolinafarmstewards.org.

(282) 894-8218
Cooperative Extension Contact:
Jimmi Buell (jimmi_buell@ncsu.edu)

Local Food 4th Annual NCDA&CS Food Business Conference – Western NC Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Mayland Community College, 200 Mayland Dr., Spruce Pine.
— 1 month away

Cost: $40 – includes meals and materials
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2015

Agenda and Registration forms are available at the NCDA&CS Marketing - Agribusiness Development website: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/

Local Food NC-VA Regional Hops Conference: Bringing Hop Growers and Brewers Together Fri Mar 13, 2015 @ 2:00 PM -Sat Mar 14, 2015 @ 5:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center - 1450 Fairchild Rd - Winston-Salem, NC 27105
— 1 month away

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nc-va-regional-hops-conference-bringing-hop-growers-and-brewers-together-tickets-15224412628

Richmond County Center Gardening101-IPM/Pesticides Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 1 month away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 123 Caroline St, Rockingham, NC 28379, USA
— 2 months away
Local Food Save the Dates - Small Farms Week Sun Mar 22- Sun Mar 29, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension NC A&T State University
— 2 months away

More information to come soon.

Richmond County Center Gardening101-Growing Vegetables Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 2 months away
Local Food Navigating the USDA GAP Audit - Wayne County Center Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Wayne County Center, 208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro, NC 27533
— 2 months away

Register online today!
Major credit cards accepted.
http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events

QUESTIONS?
If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458-6980 or email at trish@carolinafarmstewards.org.

(919) 731-1521
Cooperative Extension Contact:
Jessica Strickland (jessica_strickland@ncsu.edu)

Richmond County Center Gardening101-Tree Fruits & Nuts Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 2 months away
Richmond County Center Gardening101-Small Fruits Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 2 months away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 123 Caroline St, Rockingham, NC 28379, USA
— 2 months away
Richmond County Center Gardening101-Flowers/Woodies Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 3 months away
Growing Small Farms 20th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour Sat Apr 25, 2015 @ 1:00 PM -Sun Apr 26, 2015 @ 5:00 PM — 3 months away

The 20th annual Piedmont Farm Tour features over 35 local sustainable farms featuring livestock, organic vegetables, fruits, and much more. The tour benefits the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Visit the CFSA website for more information: http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/pft.

Richmond County Center Gardening101-Wildlife Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM — 3 months away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Field Day Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM — 3 months away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Thu May 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 123 Caroline St, Rockingham, NC 28379, USA
— 4 months away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Field Day Tue May 26, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM — 4 months away
on 2 calendars 8th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration Sat May 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Pittsboro, NC
— 4 months away

Come join the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association for our 8th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 30, from 9:00 am til 1:00 pm on the lawn next to the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, NC. The purpose of our popular Pollinator Day is to raise public awareness of the importance of the bees and other pollinators that are needed to produce 80 percent of our flowering plants and one third of our human food crops. The event is co-sponsored by Starrlight Mead. We have a great program planned for folks of all ages and all activities are free! The event will be held rain or shine. Details will be released in March.

Growing Small Farms Farm to Fork Picnic Sun Jun 7, 2015 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Cedar Grove, NC
— 4 months away

6th Annual Farm to Fork Picnic to raise funds for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Apprenticeship Program. Details will be released in the spring.

Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal XI International Rubus and Ribes Symposium Pre-Confernece Tour Thu Jun 18- Sun Jun 21, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Charlotte NC
— 4 months away

The International Rubus and Ribes Symposium occurs once every 4 years. This is a meeting of scientists and industry people that work with Rubus and Ribes crops. There will be a preconference tour in the Charlotte, NC area and the official symposium will be in Asheville, NC. The last time it was in the US was 1980, 35 years ago. For more information check out the website: http://www.rubusribes2015.com/

Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 123 Caroline St, Rockingham, NC 28379, USA
— 5 months away
Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal XI International Rubus and Ribes Symposium Sun Jun 21- Thu Jun 25, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Asheville NC
— 5 months away

The 11th International Rubus and Ribes Symposium, open to those involved in all aspects of production, research, education, and extension on caneberries, currants, and gooseberries, meeting June 21-25, 2015 in Asheville, NC.

Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Field Day Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM — 5 months away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 123 Caroline St, Rockingham, NC 28379, USA
— 5 months away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Field Day Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM — 6 months away
Richmond County Center Sandhills Farm School Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 123 Caroline St, Rockingham, NC 28379, USA
— 7 months away
Growing Small Farms 30th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference Fri Nov 6- Mon Nov 9, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Durham, NC
— 9 months away

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's 30th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings together those new to the movement and experienced veterans to network and collaborate. There is no place like the Sustainable Agriculture Conference to learn from the experts about cutting-edge techniques and innovative programs and to connect with others who are just as passionate about rebuilding a healthy, local foodshed from seed to plate. For more information visit the CFSA website at http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac.