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The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)




CEFS develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.




Upcoming Events

Farm to Fork Picnic

Community Food Councils: Challenges and Opportunities (WEBINAR), April 17

Annual Farm to Fork Picnic, June 8 tickets now on sale!

More Upcoming Events


Featured Blog


Small Farm Unit Apprentices


More about CEFS' Apprenticeship Program

Programs and Projects

Praying Mantis and FoodCorps kidsNC Growing Together

Food Youth Initiative

NC 10% Campaign

More Programs and Projects→


Research Farm

Amazing Grazing

Organic Research Unit Hosting Stevia Research Trials

More about CEFS' Research Units→

CEFS in the News

March 24, 2014: "Lowes Foods now accepting direct sales from local produce farmers," by Dawn Kurry, Triangle Business Journal

PRESS RELEASE, November 8, 2013: NC Choices Presents the Third Annual Carolina Meat Conference

PRESS RELEASE, September 23, 2013: Shorlette Ammons Awarded Food Equity Fellowship from the Center for Social Inclusion

More news →


From CEFS' E-Newsletter

NC Growing Together Project Sponsors Nation's First Local Foods-Focused Business School Supply Chain Fellowships

NC 10% Campaign Surpasses $50 Million Milestone, Becomes a National Model

E-Newsletter Archive→

About CEFS

CEFS is a partnership of North Carolina State University (NCSU), North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, (NC A&T), and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS).

Founded in 1994, CEFS is dedicated to sustainable agriculture research, extension and education. Our goals are to

  • provide new economic opportunities in rural and urban communities,

  • develop technologies that promote a cleaner and healthier environment,

  • educate the next generation of farmers, consumers, and scientists, and

  • engage all citizens in the food system.



Center for Environmental Farming Systems | Campus Box 7609, NCSU / Raleigh, NC 27695 | Phone: 919-513-0954 / Fax: 919-515-2505 | | Directions to the Research Farm | CEFS Contacts