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Gardening All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Don't Let the Insects Eat Your Vegetables Fri Feb 5, 2016 Today 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension https://learn.extension.org/events/2300
— 9 hours ago

It's frustrating when insects attack our vegetables. Learn practical tips for preventing problems from these pests in this webinar presented by Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Specialist, Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Moderated by Hunter McBrayer, Allyson Shabel, and Eric Schavey, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. Note: on February 5, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.

Community Gardens All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series: Don't Let the Insects Eat Your Vegetables Fri Feb 5, 2016 Today 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension https://learn.extension.org/events/2300
— 9 hours ago

It's frustrating when insects attack our vegetables. Learn practical tips for preventing problems from these pests in this webinar presented by Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Extension Specialist, Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Moderated by Hunter McBrayer, Allyson Shabel, and Eric Schavey, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Click here to login as a guest and participate in the live event. Note: on February 5, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar. If you try to log in earlier, you will get an error message.

Richmond County Center Blueberry Pruning Workshop Sat Feb 6, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Sunny Vue Farm, Roseland Road, Moore County, NC
— 11 hours away

Pre-register by calling 910-997-8255.

Gardening Low Maintenance Landscaping Mon Feb 8, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 3 days away

Everyone wants to save time and money on their landscape – you can do this while still creating a beautiful yard by making smart and environmentally-friendly choices. Class discussions focus on those choices, and selecting and growing plants that tolerate and even thrive in our Piedmont conditions.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food ENHANCING FARM PROFITABILITY WORKSHOP Tue Feb 9, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Sampson County Livestock Arena, Clinton, NC
— 3 days away

Register at: http://go.ncsu.edu/farm_profits_clinton Note: **If the workshop is full, please click here ( http://goo.gl/forms/LI1wHNk49d) to be added to the Clinton wait list.

Contact:
Lisa Forehand
lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu
919-513-0954

Richmond County Center Annual 4-H Acheivement Night Tue Feb 9, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM — 4 days away
Gardening Low Maintenance Landscaping Tue Feb 9, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension NC Cooperative Extension 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro
— 4 days away

Everyone wants to save time and money on their landscape – you can do this while still creating a beautiful yard by making smart and environmentally-friendly choices. Class discussions focus on those choices, and selecting and growing plants that tolerate and even thrive in our Piedmont conditions.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food The North Carolina Tomato Growers Association’s Winter Vegetable Conference & Trade Show Wed Feb 10- Fri Feb 12, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension DoubleTree by Hilton, Asheville-Biltmore, Asheville, NC
— 4 days away

More information and registration: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/commodit/horticul/tomatoes/index.htm

NC Cooperative Extension Aquaponics Shortcourse Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern - Riverfront
— 4 days away

Aquaponic systems are becoming increasingly popular, and more people are finding innovative ways to produce more than one crop in their recirculating systems. Aquaponic systems are recirculating aquaculture systems that incorporate the production of plants without soil. In typical recirculating aquaculture systems, the goal is to produce large quantities of aquatic biomass in small amounts of space and small volumes of water. In such a system, waste products can accumulate if not physically removed or otherwise filtered via mechanical or biological means. The organic buildup and metabolic byproducts can be reused in aquaponic system by a secondary crop; plants. Plants can grow rapidly with dissolved nutrients that are excreted directly by the aquatic species or generated from the microbial breakdown of the animal waste by the various species of bacteria in the system. In closed recirculating systems with very little daily water exchange, dissolved nutrients accumulate in concentrations similar to those in hydroponic nutrient solutions. These dissolved waste nutrients are taken up by the plants, reducing wastewater discharge to the surrounding watershed and allowing for more efficient use of the fish feed.

Local Food North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference Thu Feb 11- Sun Feb 14, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern - Riverfront 100 Middle Street - New Bern, NC 28560 - (252) 638-3585
— 5 days away

To Register and learn more:
http://www.ncaquaculture.org/

Gardening Low Maintenance Landscaping Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bur-Mil Park (Wildlife Education Center), Morehead, NC, United States
— 6 days away

Everyone wants to save time and money on their landscape – you can do this while still creating a beautiful yard by making smart and environmentally-friendly choices. Class discussions focus on those choices, and selecting and growing plants that tolerate and even thrive in our Piedmont conditions.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food Feast Down East/SENCFS Regional Conference Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension UNCW Burney Center
— 6 days away

More information here:
http://www.feastdowneast.org/
Registration here:
http://danielss5.wix.com/start-from-scratch-n#!regional-conference/i6itl

NC Cooperative Extension North Carolina Aquaculture Development Conference Fri Feb 12, 2016 @ 8:00 AM -Sat Feb 13, 2016 @ 3:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern - Riverfront
— 6 days away

This conference is designed to bring together the general public, current and prospective fish farmers, scientists, and personnel from regulatory agencies to share information and ideas about the development of aquaculture in North Carolina.

Attendees will learn about several topics relevant to aquaculture species in North Carolina, and find out about the latest aquaculture equipment and products by browsing the ongoing Trade Show.
Our famous Aquafoods Festival is an 'all you care to eat...' gathering to close out Friday's activities, and targeted workshops will wrap up the conference on Saturday morning.

Anyone with an interest in fish or shellfish farming, including prospective growers, researchers, teachers, students or agency persons with jobs related to aquaculture is encouraged to attend. The conference is also suited to persons who sell goods or services to the aquaculture industry.

Get more information about NC Aquaculture and the NC Aquaculture Development Conference on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ncaquaculture or view the webpage at http://www.ncaquaculture.org/index.html.

Richmond County Center GROW Workshop Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 123 Caroline St., Rockingham, NC
— 6 days away
Richmond County Center Muscadine Pruning Workshop Sat Feb 13, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bynum Farm & Peach Orchard, Hwy 73, Windblow, NC
— 1 week away

Pre-register by calling 910.997.8255. Please bring your own pruners and dress appropriately for weather. Free program.

Gardening Low Maintenance Landscaping Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 1 week away

Everyone wants to save time and money on their landscape – you can do this while still creating a beautiful yard by making smart and environmentally-friendly choices. Class discussions focus on those choices, and selecting and growing plants that tolerate and even thrive in our Piedmont conditions.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food NC Forage and Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series Tue Feb 16- Fri Feb 19, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension See PDF for locations. Varies by day.
— 1 week away

To register, visit http://www.nccattle.com/fgcwinterconferenceregistration.aspx

Richmond County Center Rockingham Downtown Corporation Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM — 2 weeks away
Gardening Totally Tomatoes - From Seed to Sandwiches Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension High Point Public Library, 901 N Main St, High Point, NC 27262, United States
— 2 weeks away

Now's the time to start thinking about it - how to get the earliest and the tastiest home-grown tomatoes from your own garden? That's all we'll be talking about in this session - proven tips and techniques for success with America's most popular vegetable (or is it a fruit?). Get ready for tomato sandwiches all summer long!

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Totally Tomatoes - All About our Favorite Fruit Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 2 weeks away

Time to start planning, it’s the key to enjoying the taste of your own home-grown tomatoes. That’s all we’ll be talking about in this session – proven tips and techniques for successfully growing America’s most popular garden vegetable (or is it a fruit?). Get ready for tomato sandwiches all summer long.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Blueberry Production Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Rockingham County Agricultural Center 525 NC 65 Reidsville, NC 27320
— 2 weeks away

Come learn how to grow blueberries. This program is focused on care for new or young blueberry plants.

Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal NC Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers meeting Fri Feb 19, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Shelby, NC, USA
— 2 weeks away

Subject: Ninth Annual NC Commercial Blackberry and
Raspberry Growers Association Meeting

To: Blackberry Growers and Industry

From: Daniel Shires, Area Agriculture Extension Agent




You are invited to attend the ninth annual NCCBRGA meeting. As always we have an interesting and educational program scheduled. The meeting will be held in the Cleveland County Extension Auditorium at 130 S. Post Rd. Shelby, NC 28152. In order to plan for the meal, you will need to RSVP by Monday February 15 by calling 704-482-4365. If you have any questions, need directions or if you would like to sponsor the meeting, feel free to call. There will be a $15 registration fee for the meeting. We will also be collecting, 2015 NCCBRGA annual membership dues. Make sure to thank and visit our numerous sponsors, which will be set in the back of the auditorium!
Below is a copy of the agenda.

Ninth Annual NC Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association Meeting
Friday February 19, 2016
Cleveland County Extension Office Auditorium
Shelby, NC 28152

Agenda:
8:45-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:05 Opening Remarks and Welcome. Steve Dalton NCCBRGA President
9:05-9:15 Connect NC Bond Referendum, Daniel Shires NCCE
9:15-10:00 A Guide to Season Long Disease Management, Dr. Phil Brannen UGA
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-10:45 Whole Farm Revenue Protection Program, Edward Gregory USDA
10:45-11:15 NAP Insurance, Bryan McMurry FSA
11:15-11:30 Labor Update, Norman Sykes NC Dept. of Commerce
11:30-12:00 Blackberry Trellising Options, Daniel Shires NCCE
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Vendor Visits
1:00-1:45 A Guide to Season Long Insect Control, Hannah Burrack NCSU
1:45-2:15 Rubus Ribes Symposium Recap, Gina Fernandez NCSU
Adjourn

Local Food ASAP's Business of Farming Conference Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Highsmith Student Union, UNC Asheville in downtown Asheville, NC
— 2 weeks away

On Saturday, February 20, agricultural leaders and 200+ farmers from across our region will come together to learn about business planning, marketing, sales models, and community resources. ASAP’s conference features over a dozen workshops (see sample topics below), opportunities to meet with local wholesale buyers in the popular Grower-Buyer Meetings, one-on-one legal consultations, and time to engage in valuable networking with other farmers. We work hard to make this an affordable and valuable opportunity for all farms in our region, so please share this unique opportunity. Early bird registration ends January 15.

Sample Saturday workshop topics include:
Farm business planning and financials
Recordkeeping
CSA models
Market managers roundtable
New market vendor orientation
Agritourism
Marketing and promoting your farm
GAP and food safety
Wholesale and direct marketing
And more!

Detailed conference information can be found at http://asapconnections.org/events/business-of-farming-conference/ or you may contact robin@asapconnections.org or 828-236-1282 with questions.

Gardening Totally Tomatoes - All About our Favorite Fruit Sun Feb 21, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 2 weeks away

Time to start planning, it’s the key to enjoying the taste of your own home-grown tomatoes. That’s all we’ll be talking about in this session – proven tips and techniques for successfully growing America’s most popular garden vegetable (or is it a fruit?). Get ready for tomato sandwiches all summer long.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Beneficial Insects: It's a Bug-Eat-Bug World Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 2 weeks away

Did you know that less than 1% of insects are
considered pests? Let’s learn about some of the
beneficial insects who are natural pest enemies
(predators and parasites), and how to recognize these
“good guys” at various life stages. We’ll also discuss
how to protect and encourage their populations in our gardens.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation Workshop Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Rockingham County High School, 180 High School Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320, United States
— 2 weeks away

Come learn to inoculate oak logs with shiitake mushroom spawn to produce mushrooms. Cost $25 per person. Each person takes home one inoculated log for themselves to enjoy. Pre-registration required. Kathryn Holmes 336-342-8230 or kathryn_holmes@ncsu.edu

Gardening Shiitake Mushroom Inoculation Workshop Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Rockingham County High School, 180 High School Rd, Reidsville, NC 27320, United States
— 3 weeks away

Come learn to inoculate oak logs with shiitake mushroom spawn to produce mushrooms. Cost $25 per person. Each person takes home one inoculated log for themselves to enjoy. Pre-registration required. Kathryn Holmes 336-342-8230 or kathryn_holmes@ncsu.edu

Richmond County Center Richmond County Beekeepers Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM — 3 weeks away
Local Food N.C. Cattlemen’s Association and N.C. Dairymen’s Association, Thu Feb 25, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Hickory Metro Center in Hickory, NC
— 3 weeks away

More information: http://www.nccattle.com/annualconference.aspx

Local Food N.C. State Beekeepers Association Spring Conference Thu Feb 25- Sun Feb 28, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension New Bern, NC
— 3 weeks away

More information: http://www.ncbeekeepers.org/education/statewide-conferences/2016-spring-conference

Richmond County Center NC Made Furniture Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM — 3 weeks away

Contact# 704-880-5034

Gardening Fruit Tree Training and Pruning Demonstration Thu Feb 25, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bee Sweet Orchards 2229 Pannel Rd Reidsville, NC 27320
— 3 weeks away

Come see how to correctly prune and train fruit trees! Dr. Michael Parker from NCSU will demonstrate how to prune and train peach and apple trees to develop strong trees and maximize fruit yields. Contact Kathryn Holmes 336-342-8230 or kathryn_holmes for more information.

Gardening Totally Tomatoes - All About our Favorite Fruit Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bur-Mil Park (Wildlife Center), Morehead, NC, United States
— 3 weeks away

Time to start planning, it’s the key to enjoying the taste of your own home-grown tomatoes. That’s all we’ll be talking about in this session – proven tips and techniques for successfully growing America’s most popular garden vegetable (or is it a fruit?). Get ready for tomato sandwiches all summer long.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food NCDA&CS hosting farmer meeting with Harris Teeter on Feb. 26 Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Brunswick County Center, 25 Referendum Drive NE in Bolivia, NC
— 3 weeks away

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2016

CONTACT:
Tony Haywood, retail marketing specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division
919-707-3140, tony.haywood@ncagr.gov

RALEIGH – N.C. farmers interested in learning about the requirements for selling their products to Harris Teeter stores can take part in a free information session Feb. 26 in Brunswick County.

The meeting will be hosted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Brunswick County Center, 25 Referendum Drive NE in Bolivia.

“The department is committed to helping local farmers find new markets for their products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This meeting will offer growers an opportunity to meet one-on-one with buyers in a setting they may not otherwise be able to experience.”

The schedule includes a morning group session, one-on-one sessions with category specialists and lunch. Mark Hilton, Harris Teeter’s vice president of produce and floral, will provide an overview of the Matthews-based retailer’s guidelines for selling to its stores. Category specialists also will be on hand to answer questions from growers.

The event is free, but registration is required by Monday, Feb. 15. For more information or to register, contact Tony Haywood, NCDA&CS retail marketing specialist, at tony.haywood@ncagr.gov or 919-707-3140.

Growing Small Farms Blueberry Pruning Demonstration Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Pittsboro, NC
— 3 weeks away

Chatham County Cooperative Extension will conduct an on-farm blueberry pruning demonstration from 10:00 am-noon at Howard Farm. Details will be released in late January.

Gardening Totally Tomatoes - All About our Favorite Fruit Tue Mar 1, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension NC Cooperative Extension 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro
— 4 weeks away

Time to start planning, it’s the key to enjoying the taste of your own home-grown tomatoes. That’s all we’ll be talking about in this session – proven tips and techniques for successfully growing America’s most popular garden vegetable (or is it a fruit?). Get ready for tomato sandwiches all summer long.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Richmond County Center 2016 Wild Foods Cooking Contest Tue Mar 1, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension First Presbyterian Church, 133 W. Ballard, Ellerbe, NC 28338
— 4 weeks away
Local Food The Flavors of Carolinas, Raleigh (NCDA&CS) Wed Mar 2, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Raleigh, NC
— 4 weeks away

More information: http://www.ncagr.gov/

Richmond County Center Voting Site at Ag Services Center Thu Mar 3, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Ag Services Center
— 4 weeks away
Local Food Southern Piedmont Local Foods Conference Thu Mar 3, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Union County Agriculture Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe, NC 28112
— 4 weeks away

Registration and information: http://www.rockyriverlocalfoods.com/
Contact: Dustin Adcock, jdadcock@ncsu.edu

Gardening Beneficial Insects: It's a Bug-Eat-Bug World Thu Mar 3, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bur-Mil Park (Wildlife Center), Morehead, NC, United States
— 4 weeks away

Did you know that less than 1% of insects are
considered pests? Let’s learn about some of the
beneficial insects who are natural pest enemies
(predators and parasites), and how to recognize these
“good guys” at various life stages. We’ll also discuss
how to protect and encourage their populations in our gardens.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food South Atlantic Hops Conference Fri Mar 4- Sun Mar 6, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Clarion Hotel Richmond Central, Richmond, VA
— 4 weeks away

Registration information is available here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-south-atlantic-hops-conference-tickets-19730934757

Organized by: North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and Old Dominion Hops Cooperative

Contact: Jeanine Davis, 828-684-3562, Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu

The success of the craft beer industry and interest in using locally grown ingredients has encouraged an adventuresome group of farmers in the South Atlantic region to try their hands at growing hops. Most hops in the United States are produced in the Pacific Northwest where the climate is well suited to the needs of hops plants. Growing hops under the not so ide al conditions in the South Atlantic is challenging. So this conference is designed to bring in experts from across the country to advise this young industry.

The conference will kick off on Friday with commercial hop yard and brewery tours. Saturday will be a full day conference with concurrent sessions on all aspects of growing and selling hops. We have a great line-up of speakers including Ann George, Executive Director of US Hop Growers Association; James Altwies of Gorst Valley Hops; Dan Gridley of Farm Boy Hops; Ken Hurley, beer chemist at Virginia Tech; and Lina Quesada-Ocampo, plant pathologist at NC State University. There will be panel discussions on what brewers want from local growers and buying starter hop plants. Individual presentations will include growing hops in non-traditional areas, how to build a small hop yard, growing and marketing hops on a diversified farm, harvesting hops, processing hops, downy mildew control, beer chemistry, the status of the industr y, new opportunities for hop growers, and updates from North Carolina and Virginia universities on their hops research. It will be a great opportunity to network with brewers and growers at all stages of production .There will be a trade show and lunch will be served.

We have worked hard to make this a very reasonably priced conference. If you register by February 3, you can attend both days for just $80.12! There are also opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors. So check out the detailed information on our Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-south-atlantic-hops-conference-tickets-19730934757 and register today!

Richmond County Center Voting Site at Ag Services Center Fri Mar 4, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Ag Services Center
— 4 weeks away
Local Food Climate Adaptation Conference Fri Mar 4, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC
— 4 weeks away

For more information and registration see:
http://abundancenc.org/event/2016-climate-conference/

Local Food NCDA&CS Farmers Market Managers Workshop Fri Mar 4, 2016 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Forsyth Cooperative Extension Office – Winston-Salem
— 4 weeks away

The cost is $20. Pre-registration is required.

The agenda can be found here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/Agenda%202016_Final.pdf

The registration form can be found here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/A%20Successful%20Season%202016_Registration.pdf

Questions?
Contact Kevin Hardison at kevin.hardison@ncagr.gov or Annette Dunlap at Annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov.

Gardening Beneficial Insects: It's a Bug-Eat-Bug World Sun Mar 6, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 4 weeks away

Did you know that less than 1% of insects are
considered pests? Let’s learn about some of the
beneficial insects who are natural pest enemies
(predators and parasites), and how to recognize these
“good guys” at various life stages. We’ll also discuss
how to protect and encourage their populations in our gardens.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Richmond County Center Voting Site at Ag Services Center Mon Mar 7, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Ag Services Center
— 4 weeks away
Local Food 5th Annual NC Catch Summit Mon Mar 7, 2016 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Beaufort Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC
— 1 month away

Hear from fisheries experts, chefs committ ed to local catch, market innovators, and numerous other industry advocates.
Watch for more information on the NC Catch website: http://nccatch.org/

Richmond County Center Voting Site at Ag Services Center Tue Mar 8, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Ag Services Center
— 1 month away
Local Food 5th Annual NC Catch Summit Tue Mar 8, 2016 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Beaufort Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC
— 1 month away

Hear from fisheries experts, chefs committ ed to local catch, market innovators, and numerous other industry advocates.
Watch for more information on the NC Catch website: http://nccatch.org/

Gardening Beneficial Insects: It's a Bug-Eat-Bug World Tue Mar 8, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension NC Cooperative Extension 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro
— 1 month away

Did you know that less than 1% of insects are
considered pests? Let’s learn about some of the
beneficial insects who are natural pest enemies
(predators and parasites), and how to recognize these
“good guys” at various life stages. We’ll also discuss
how to protect and encourage their populations in our gardens.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Richmond County Center Voting Site at Ag Services Center Wed Mar 9, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Ag Services Center
— 1 month away
Richmond County Center Voting Site at Ag Services Center Thu Mar 10, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Ag Services Center
— 1 month away
Local Food Piedmont Grown's Fifth Annual Conference: Increasing Farm Profitability Through Efficiency, Diversified Markets, & Unique Branding Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Hunt Library, NC State’s Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC
— 1 month away

Contact: Rebecca Dunning, 919-389-2220 or info@piedmontgrown.org

Piedmont Grown, a certification program that identifies and promotes farm products grown, raised, and made in North Carolina’s Piedmont region, is holding its fifth annual conference on Thursday, March 10 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hunt Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus, Raleigh. Join farmers, buyers, researchers, and eaters to celebrate local food and support farmers in their goal to grow the Piedmont Grown brand, increase efficiency, and expand sales.

This year's theme is Increasing Farm Profitability Through Efficiency, Diversified Markets and Unique Branding featuring keynote speaker Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm. Ben's keynote, "Using the Lean System to Earn a Comfortable Living on a Small Farm" is based on his years of experience on his farm minimizing waste, increasing efficiency, and maximizing value and profits. Ben and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own and operate Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make a living growing and selling specialty crops on less than an acre. Their food is sold locally to restaurants and cafeterias, at a farmers’ market, and through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

“Lean principles” were originally developed by the Japanese automotive industry, and Hartman has applied them to farming. As a result, he’s been able to drastically cut waste, increase profit, and make his family farm more environmentally and economically sustainable. Hartman’s approach of working smarter, not harder, aims to prevent the kind of burnout that start-up farmers often encounter and enable a new generation of young people – as well as seasoned farmers – to maintain and increase profits in small to medium-scale farming.

The conference will feature nine breakout sessions with a dynamic group of speakers including buyers, crop insurance specialists, marketing professionals, and farmers. Our lunch speaker, Sebastian Wolfrum of Epiphany Craft Malt, will explore the growth of the NC spirits industry and opportunities for market farmers to supply ingredients to local breweries, distilleries, and cideries.

​​Conference tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/PiedmontGrown2016Conf

Piedmont Grown’s mission is to promote local food systems through the certification of food and farm products grown or raised in 37 counties in the North Carolina Piedmont Region. We want to link consumers to local farm fresh foods, build local markets for farmers and food entrepreneurs, and grow healthy and prosperous communities. For more information visit www.piedmontgrown.org.

Richmond County Center Voting Site at Ag Services Center Fri Mar 11, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Ag Services Center
— 1 month away
Local Food Organic Growers School Sat Mar 12- Mon Mar 14, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension UNCA Campus, Asheville, NC
— 1 month away

For more information and to register:
http://organicgrowersschool.org/

Growing Small Farms Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Pittsboro, NC
— 1 month away

Chatham County Cooperative Extension will conduct an on-farm fruit tree pruning demonstration from 10:00 am-noon at Howard Farm. Details will be released in February.

Gardening Grow Your Best Vegetable Garden Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 1 month away

Learn about best practices for best results in your
Piedmont vegetable garden, including: how to prepare
soil, the selection and timing of vegetable varieties, and
using integrated pest management techniques to
control insects and diseases organically. Growing your
own food can be economical and enjoyable!

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Grow Your Best Vegetable Garden Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 1 month away

Learn about best practices for best results in your
Piedmont vegetable garden, including: how to prepare
soil, the selection and timing of vegetable varieties, and
using integrated pest management techniques to
control insects and diseases organically. Growing your
own food can be economical and enjoyable!

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Richmond County Center Working Forest Summit for NC Landowners Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center, 414 Warsaw Rd, Clinton, NC 28328, United States
— 1 month away

Are you interested in improving forest health while building family wealth? If so, come to the Working Forest Summit to hear from landowners and professionals on topics related to taxes, market trends and selling timber, wildlife management and prescribed burning and much more!

The event is free for private landowners but registration is required. Registration deadline is March 9, 2016. To learn more about the summit and to register visit
http://www.ncsu-feop.org/landowners/

For directions to the workshop location, please visit this webpage:
http://www.sampsonexpocenter.com/directions.asp

Gardening Grow Your Best Vegetable Garden Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension High Point Public Library, 901 N Main St, High Point, NC 27262, United States
— 1 month away

Time to get out and get growing! Learn about best practices for best results in your Piedmont vegetable garden, including: how to prepare soil, the selection and timing of vegetable varieties, and using integrated pest management techniques to control insects and diseases organically. Growing your own food can be economical and enjoyable too.

Classes are free! No pre-registration required.
Questions? Contact Pam Marshall at 336-641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu.

Local Food 10th Annual Growing IN Place Symposium Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
— 1 month away

Learn more at http://naturalearning.org

Gardening Grow Your Best Vegetable Garden Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bur-Mil Park (Wildlife Center), Morehead, NC, United States
— 1 month away

Learn about best practices for best results in your
Piedmont vegetable garden, including: how to prepare
soil, the selection and timing of vegetable varieties, and
using integrated pest management techniques to
control insects and diseases organically. Growing your
own food can be economical and enjoyable!

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food NCDA&CS Farmers Market Managers Workshop Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension University of Mt. Olive – Mt. Olive
— 1 month away

The cost is $20. Pre-registration is required.

The agenda can be found here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/Agenda%202016_Final.pdf

The registration form can be found here: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/A%20Successful%20Season%202016_Registration.pdf

Questions?
Contact Kevin Hardison at kevin.hardison@ncagr.gov or Annette Dunlap at Annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov.

Gardening Easy to Grow Culinary Herbs Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 1 month away

Some of us already grow basil, oregano, and thyme – but
what about stevia, sage, or lemon grass? By knowing the
characteristics of the plants, you can have lots of fresh
herbs to use year round. Come join us to talk about
being successful at growing the herbs you want to use in your kitchen.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food 30th Annual Small Farms Week (SFW) celebration Mon Mar 21- Thu Mar 24, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, The Cooperative Extension Program
— 1 month away

Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/39MVVF3

Local Food Flavors of the Carolinas, Charlotte Tue Mar 22, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Charlotte, NC
— 1 month away

More information: http://www.ncagr.gov/

Gardening Grow Your Best Vegetable Garden Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension NC Cooperative Extension 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro
— 2 months away

Learn about best practices for best results in your
Piedmont vegetable garden, including: how to prepare
soil, the selection and timing of vegetable varieties, and
using integrated pest management techniques to
control insects and diseases organically. Growing your
own food can be economical and enjoyable!

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Easy to Grow Culinary Herbs Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 2 months away

Some of us already grow basil, oregano, and thyme – but
what about stevia, sage, or lemon grass? By knowing the
characteristics of the plants, you can have lots of fresh
herbs to use year round. Come join us to talk about
being successful at growing the herbs you want to use in your kitchen.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Easy to Grow Culinary Herbs Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension NC Cooperative Extension 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro
— 2 months away

Some of us already grow basil, oregano, and thyme – but
what about stevia, sage, or lemon grass? By knowing the
characteristics of the plants, you can have lots of fresh
herbs to use year round. Come join us to talk about
being successful at growing the herbs you want to use in your kitchen.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food 2016 National Food Hub Conference (Wallace Center) Wed Mar 30- Sat Apr 2, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Atlanta, GA
— 2 months away

https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1784721

Gardening Easy to Grow Culinary Herbs Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bur-Mil Park (Wildlife Center), Morehead, NC, United States
— 2 months away

Some of us already grow basil, oregano, and thyme – but
what about stevia, sage, or lemon grass? By knowing the
characteristics of the plants, you can have lots of fresh
herbs to use year round. Come join us to talk about
being successful at growing the herbs you want to use in your kitchen.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Edible Landscapes Sun Apr 3, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 2 months away

One of the hottest trends today is adding to your quality
of life, and the enjoyment of your gardening space, by
including plants that are both ornamental and edible in
the landscape. Spring is a natural time to get started, so
please join us for some ideas and inspiration on creating
your own ‘paradise garden’.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food ADVANCED POSTHARVEST HANDLING FOR ENHANCED SHELF LIFE Mon Apr 4, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Henderson County, NC
— 2 months away

For more information see the NC Growing Together Events page: https://www.ncgrowingtogether.org/event-details/#postharvest

This project is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grant no. 2013-68004-20363 of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Local Food 5th Annual NCDA Food Business Conference Tue Apr 5, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro-High Point Airport Marriott, Greensboro, NC
— 2 months away

Pre-registration is required. No walk-in registration will be available.
Early bird registration runs from January 4 - February 15. Cost is $90, and covers registration and all food.
Regular registration runs from February 16 - March 30. Cost is $100, and covers registration and all food.

This is the only date and location for this year's conference. A block of rooms is reserved at the Marriott at $129 for Monday night, April 4. When you make your reservation, tell them you are with Food Business Conference Apr2016.

Agenda - http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/2016_Agenda.pdf
Registration form - http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz/2016_Conference_Registration.pdf.

Contact Annette Dunlap with questions at 919.707.3117, or annette.dunlap@ncagr.gov

Local Food ADVANCED POSTHARVEST HANDLING FOR ENHANCED SHELF LIFE Wed Apr 6, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Durham County, NC
— 2 months away

For more information see the NC Growing Together Events page: https://www.ncgrowingtogether.org/event-details/#postharvest

This project is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grant no. 2013-68004-20363 of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Local Food ADVANCED POSTHARVEST HANDLING FOR ENHANCED SHELF LIFE Thu Apr 7, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Rowan County, NC
— 2 months away

For more information see the NC Growing Together Events page: https://www.ncgrowingtogether.org/event-details/#postharvest

This project is supported by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grant no. 2013-68004-20363 of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Gardening Edible Landscapes Thu Apr 7, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bur-Mil Park (Wildlife Center), Morehead, NC, United States
— 2 months away

One of the hottest trends today is adding to your quality
of life, and the enjoyment of your gardening space, by
including plants that are both ornamental and edible in
the landscape. Spring is a natural time to get started, so
please join us for some ideas and inspiration on creating
your own ‘paradise garden’.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Edible Landscapes Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 2 months away

One of the hottest trends today is adding to your quality
of life, and the enjoyment of your gardening space, by
including plants that are both ornamental and edible in
the landscape. Spring is a natural time to get started, so
please join us for some ideas and inspiration on creating
your own ‘paradise garden’.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Edible Landscapes Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension NC Cooperative Extension 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro
— 2 months away

One of the hottest trends today is adding to your quality
of life, and the enjoyment of your gardening space, by
including plants that are both ornamental and edible in
the landscape. Spring is a natural time to get started, so
please join us for some ideas and inspiration on creating
your own ‘paradise garden’.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food Aquaponics Farm Tour (For Extension Educators) Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Lucky Clays Farm, Norwood, NC
— 2 months away

Date: Wednesday, April 13
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm (please plan to arrive no later than 12:45pm)
Location: Lucky Clays Fresh, Norwood, NC
Registration Fee: $10
Register Online: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8f6z5dcab&oeidk=a07ec6o3et7a73399ab

Registration Pay Options:
** Credit Cards: CEFS can now accept credit cards for your registration fees.
Visit https://commerce.cashnet.com/NCSUCEFS?itemcode=CALS2-AFT, click on the "Aquaponics Farm Tour" tab and follow the directions.
** Checks: You may also mail a check to: Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Attn. Lisa Forehand, Box 7609 - NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695. * Please leave memo line blank*.
Registration Information: Space is limited to the first 30 PAID registrants. In order to secure your space on the tour, your registration fee is required within 10 days of registering.

Are you hearing a buzz about aquaponics in your county? Across the country, including in North Carolina, there is growing interest in this alternative farming technique. According to the Aquaponics Association, a membership association whose mission is to promote aquaponics, “Aquaponics is a synergistic growing technique in which fish and plants are grown together in the same system. The fish waste feeds the growing plants using organic hydroponic techniques. The plants, in turn, clean and filter the water that returns to the fish environment.”

This tour, for Extension educators, will take place at Lucky Clays Farm in Norwood, NC. This aquaponics operation is a self-sustaining farm with its own fish breeding nursery. There will be time for questions before, during and after the tour.

Additional Information available at: http://go.ncsu.edu/aquaponics

Gardening Backyard Habitat: Gardening With (and in Spite of) Wildlife Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403, United States
— 2 months away

One of the great benefits gardeners enjoy is observing
and supporting nature since birds, butterflies, and other
creatures find habitat in our yards – this program is
about how to make them welcome. We’ll also talk a
little bit about ways to discourage any uninvited guests
who may sometimes come to the party.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Edible Landscaping Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension High Point Public Library, 901 N Main St, High Point, NC 27262, United States
— 2 months away

One of the hottest trends today is adding to your quality of life, and the enjoyment of your gardening space, by including plants that are both ornamental and edible in the landscape. Spring is a natural time to get started, so please join us for some ideas and inspiration on creating your own home ‘paradise garden’.

Classes are free! No pre-registration required.
Questions?
Contact Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or at pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu

Gardening Backyard Habitat: Gardening With (and in Spite of) Wildlife Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Bur-Mil Park (Wildlife Center), Morehead, NC, United States
— 2 months away

One of the great benefits gardeners enjoy is observing
and supporting nature since birds, butterflies, and other
creatures find habitat in our yards – this program is
about how to make them welcome. We’ll also talk a
little bit about ways to discourage any uninvited guests
who may sometimes come to the party.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food NC Community Garden Partners Annual Conference: Sustenance and Sustainability Fri Apr 22- Sun Apr 24, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greenville, NC, USA
— 2 months away

Find more information here:
http://www.nccgp.org/events/detail/nccgp-annual-conference-sustenance-sustainability

Local Food NC Specialty Foods Association Spring Conference Mon Apr 25, 2016 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Raleigh, NC, USA
— 3 months away

http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/specfoods/

Gardening Backyard Habitat: Gardening With (and in Spite of) Wildlife Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410, United States
— 3 months away

One of the great benefits gardeners enjoy is observing
and supporting nature since birds, butterflies, and other
creatures find habitat in our yards – this program is
about how to make them welcome. We’ll also talk a
little bit about ways to discourage any uninvited guests
who may sometimes come to the party.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Gardening Backyard Habitat: Gardening With (and in Spite of) Wildlife Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension NC Cooperative Extension 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro
— 3 months away

One of the great benefits gardeners enjoy is observing
and supporting nature since birds, butterflies, and other
creatures find habitat in our yards – this program is
about how to make them welcome. We’ll also talk a
little bit about ways to discourage any uninvited guests
who may sometimes come to the party.

CLASSES ARE FREE
Pre-Registration Is Requested
Call or email Pam Marshall at 641-2400 or pamela_marshall@ncsu.edu and sign up for your choice of workshop and location.

Local Food Got 2 Be NC Festival (NCDA&CS) Fri May 20- Mon May 23, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Raleigh, NC
— 3 months away

More information: http://gottobencfestival.com/default.htm

Growing Small Farms Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend Fri Jun 3- Mon Jun 6, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension various locations
— 4 months away

Please join us for a amazing weekend celebrating sustainable farming, the bounty of local agriculture, and the relationships that continue to bloom in our food community between farms, restaurants, fishermen, beverage producers, and consumers! There will be three days of events culminating in the picnic on June 5. Proceeds benefit the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Details will be released in the spring. For more information visit http://www.farmtoforknc.com/

Local Food 2016 Cover Crop Conference Mon Jul 18- Wed Jul 20, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Center for Environmental Farming Systems Research Program, Cherry Research Farm, Goldsboro, NC
— 5 months away

For more information: www.go.ncsu.edu/covercropconference2016

Local Food 37th Annual American Community Garden Conference Thu Aug 4- Mon Aug 8, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Cleveland, OH, USA
— 6 months away

Save the Date!
Watch for more information here: https://communitygarden.org/

Local Food National Small Farm Conference Tue Sep 20- Fri Sep 23, 2016 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Virginia Beach, VA, USA
— 7 months away

Virginia State University will be hosting the 7th National Small Farm Conference, which will be held September 20-22, 2016, in collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the United States Department of Agriculture. The event will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is serving as the lead USDA Agency, with other agencies collaborating.

Registration will open in early 2016.