The CEFS Challenge: Sustainable Farms, Local Foods, Healthy Communities (opens as a .pdf)
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Upcoming EventsSAVE THE DATES!
Friday October 17:
SOILbration at CEFS' Research Farm in Goldsboro. Speakers, in-field demonstrations, farm tours, lunch and more!Saturday October 18:
A CEFS Reunion! We are inviting all past and present interns, apprentices, staff, faculty, graduate students, longtime friends and supporters to join us for an evening of fun, fellowship and camaraderie!
For more information about these events please contact Lisa Forehand, CEFS Extension and Outreach, at 919-513-0954 or email@example.com.
It began with a farm...
In 1994, a small circle of leaders in sustainable agriculture came together with a single vision: to create a center for the study of environmentally sustainable farming practices in North Carolina.
A task force of university faculty and administrators, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, farmers, and citizens was charged with developing strategies to build a strong sustainable agriculture program in North Carolina. Out of that effort grew the CEFS research facility, a 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro.
The farm became home to CEFS' core research programs and units. The Farming Systems Research Unit, Pasture-Based Dairy and Beef Units, Alternative Swine Unit, Organic Research Unit, and Small Farm Unit all provide research opportunities for faculty, graduate students and visiting scientists, and educational opportunities for farmers, extension agents and students.
Thriving apprenticeship and internship programs grew to attract students from across North Carolina and around the globe, training the farmers who will feed future generations and the students who will become tomorrow's food system leaders.
Building on its initial successes, CEFS broadened its focus to include community-based food systems and local food supply chain development. CEFS formed NC Choices to promote the advancement of local, niche and pasture-based meat supply chains. CEFS partnered with community organizations to support youth engagement and leadership development initiatives in areas most affected by food system inequities. New educational programs – including NC A&T's Discover Ag and NC State's Agroecology Program – were developed to reach students from elementary school through college.
Extension and outreach programs – including the Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture workshop series, Farm to Fork picnic, and Annual Sustainable Agriculture Lecture – were designed to engage the public on a variety of food systems topics, from basic sustainable agriculture practices like cover cropping to ways of addressing inequities in our food system. Now these programs reach over 2,500 people each year.