Last Chance to Register for NC Farm School (NCFS) Summit!
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If you have land, are interested in starting a farm, but don’t know where to begin; North Carolina Farm School Summit is just the conference for you. The NCFS Summit is October 11th, from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Guilford County Extension Center in Greensboro. The summit is open anyone interested in starting a farm or growing their farming business skills. This year we have some excellent speakers and break-out sessions. Our keynote speaker is Alex Hitt owner of Peregrine Farm. Alex and his wife Betsy have been farming in Alamance County for 35 years. They farm full time growing vegetables and cut flowers on four acres of land. Peregrine farm sells their products at the Carrboro Farmers Market and Weaver Street Market, several restaurants in the Durham, Chapel Hill area and through their CSA. Alex is passionate about growing new farmers and giving small farms a voice. You can learn more about Alex and Peregrine Farm at www.peregrinefarm.net. The horticulture breakout sessions will have experts on growing fruit trees, small fruits and cut flowers. The break out for farming regulations will have sessions on Good Agricultural Practices, Food Safety, Organic Certification, Animal Welfare Approved, and other labeling programs. There will also be sessions on value added products for your fruit or vegetable operation. In the livestock breakout sessions Dr. Miguel Castillo will talk on rotational grazing and pasture management. We will also have speakers covering marketing your meat, or livestock animal, and small ruminant health. A NC Farm School Summit favorite is the panel of NC Farm School graduates that will come to speak about their farm experience and where their businesses are headed. We will have vendors there who will be there to help you take you farm to the next level.