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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.




Work with CEFS

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Upcoming Events




Adding Value to Local Food (WEBINAR): March 30

Postharvest Handling to Enhance Shelf Life Workshops: April 4, 6, 7

NC 10% Campaign Video Series

Freshly Retired

Chef Kris Reid brings local foods to a retirement community in Charlotte, NC.

More about the NC 10% Campaign→


Programs and Initiatives

FoodCorps NC

Food Youth Initiative

NC Choices

NC Growing Together

Amazing Grazing

CEFS in the News

December 17, 2015: "The 6 Types of Elementary-School Taste-Testers," by Amber Ellis, FoodCorps NC

October 14, 2015: "Conferencing with the meat elite(and some NKOTB)," By Eric Ginsburg, Triad City Beat

PRESS RELEASE, September 15, 2015: Carolina Meat Conference Brings Entire Meat Supply Chain Together; Highlights Emerging Opportunities in New Markets

More Recent News→


From CEFS' E-Newsletter

CEFS Developing New Initiative to Confront Structural Racism and Food Inequity

CEFS Receives Over $2.5 Million in Competitive Grant Funding to Support Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

CEFS' Community Food Strategies Initiative Working to Support, Coordinate Statewide Food Systems Work

E-Newsletter Archive→

About CEFS

CEFS is a partnership of North Carolina State University (NC State), 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.