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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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"Women In The Meat Business," audio segment on NPR affiliate WUNC's The State of Things

"North Carolina Women Seek Their Rightful Place in the Meat Business," audio segment on WUNC's All Things Considered

Impact Profiles

FoodCorps North Carolina and Farm-to-School: A Recipe for Healthy Kids



Research Farm

Farming Systems Research Unit Home to Greenhouse Gas, Water Quality Research

More about CEFS' Research Units→

CEFS in the News

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

November 15, 2014: "Hickory mixer encourages farmers, food buyers to mingle," by Julia Sendor, The Charlotte Observer

PRESS RELEASE, October 31, 2014: Center for Environmental Farming Systems Announces over $2.5 million in Competitive Grant Funding to Support Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

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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.