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2015 Farm to Fork Weekend and Picnic Events Manager


Request for Qualifications  (RFQ) Due: Friday, October 24, 2014 5:00 PM

Background & Overview

History of the Event:  The Farm to Fork Picnic began in 2007 in association with the first annual Sustainable Agriculture lecture, hosted by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.  The speaker that year was Carlo Petrini, Founder of International Slow Food Movement (800 attended his lecture).  Hosted at Chapel Hill Creamery, celebrating farms and well as chefs, and the family atmosphere (kids under 12 have always been free) were two concepts key to the event from the beginning.  

Skipping one year, the Farm to Fork event has been hosted every year since at the Breeze Farm incubator that provides land, equipment, and education to aspiring new farmers.   The event is now a key fundraiser for both the Breeze Farm Incubator, and CEFS internship and apprenticeship programs, all programs focused on the support of new farmer training programs.   

Dubbed the “Best All You Can Eat Feast in the Country” by Bon Appetit magazine, last year’s Farm to Fork picnic featured the combined talents of more than 35 chefs, 35 farmers, and 11 food artisans whose creations ranged from farmstead cheese to local mint julep jelly.

This year, the Farm to Fork picnic will be expanded to a weekend event, including a fundraising dinner at the Duke Gardens on Friday night featuring visiting chefs; A Saturday evening lecture that highlights a key issue in sustainable food systems (CEFS annual lecture)  combined with a food truck event (featuring local foods); and the annual Farm to Fork Sunday afternoon picnic.  

The job duties described below includes overall management of the weekend series of events, and coordination of the farm to fork picnic.

Job Duties: Management of weekend events

Job Duties: Farm to Fork Picnic Event Coordinator


A work background that crosses event planning and hands-on event management with an understanding of food systems, experience managing and overseeing the work of others, experience in funding raising, PR and marketing in association with event planning,  demonstrated capability to build relationships profitable to the sponsoring organizations, demonstrated capability to coordinate successful complex fund raising events, and highly motivated to produce extraordinary outcomes.  An interest in sustainable agriculture and development of local food systems is a plus.

For More Information/To Submit RFQ Contact:

Betsy Hitt, 9418 Perry Rd, Graham, NC 27253, 336 376 6320; or submit via e-mail to:


Assistant Professor – Sustainable Horticultural Energy Management

Appointment: 65% Research, 35% Academic, 12 month
Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University

Position Available: September 1, 2014

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Horticulture, Crop Science, Agronomy, Plant Biology or related field or in Agricultural Engineering or Agricultural Economics.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated research productivity through publications in relevant refereed journals, and an existing record of, or strong potential for, successful grant procurement. It is essential that the incumbent conduct team-oriented research, exhibit leadership abilities, and demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills. Prior experience working with horticulture stakeholders and sustainable crop production is a benefit. Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Responsibilities: The candidate will be expected to 1) develop a national research program on horticultural energy conservation and management, focusing, but not limited to, energy conservation strategies in sustainable production systems, developing farm, nursery and protected culture energy budgets; conducting full cost accounting and cost benefit analyses of horticultural biofuel utilization strategies, protected culture heating/cooling, and other energy related issues; and facilitating development of alternative energy strategies for horticultural operations, 2) teach two or more courses per year (undergraduate or graduate) and one other one-credit graduate course via distance education, course topics could include sustainable energy management, sustainable and/or organic crop production, or a related topic depending on the successful candidate's area of interest and department and college course needs, 3) establish collaborative partnerships with faculty based at NCSU and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, as well as with other universities, USDA, and the private sector; 4) provide input to NC horticulture industries on farm energy management and participate in annual field days and commodity meetings; 5) establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program; 6) publish research results in relevant peer reviewed publications; and 7) demonstrated experience chairing and serving on graduate student committees.

Application: Applicants should apply online at (reference position number 00104010). Attach a cover letter and CV to the online applicant profile, and include the names and contact information for at least three references. For more information, contact either Dr. Brian Whipker, Professor and Search Committee Chair, 919-515-5374,, or Dr. John Dole, Professor and Head, 919-515-3131,, Department of Horticultural Science, Box 7609, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2014, or until an acceptable candidate is identified.

Apply online at Application Deadline: August 15, 2014, or until an acceptable candidate is identified.

AA/EOE: Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date. NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.