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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.




CEFS' 20th Anniversary

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CEFS Turns 20!

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2015 Small Farm Unit Apprenticeship

2015 Summer Sustainable Agriculture Internship

Impact Profiles

Lowes Foods and Ariel Fugate: Bringing Local Foods to Retail Markets






NC 10% Campaign video about Farm-to-School in Gaston County: Collards in the Cafeteria

CEFS in the News

December 10, 2014: "Meet the the CowVac, an Innovative Way to Protect Cattle from Horn Flies," by Joel Grossman, Entomology Today

December 7, 2014: "Female Butchers are Slicing Through the Meat World's Glass Ceiling," audio segment by Leoneda Inge on NPR's All Things Considered

November 19, 2014: "Conference unites women across meat industry supply chain to address common issues," by Laura Fieselman, Indy Week

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From CEFS' E-Newsletter

NC Growing Together Support Helps Small Farmers Achieve GAPs Certification

CEFS Offering "Pasture to Process" Programs for NC Meat Producers

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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.