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2012 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture
Workshop Series

Unless stated otherwise, all events are held at the Cherry Research Farm. Registration is required for all events unless otherwise noted. A limited number of scholarships are available. There are no refunds on workshops.

All N.C. State University employees and N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents are required to register through the iLMS System (opens in new window).

Travel reimbursement for Extension Agents is available through the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program–Professional Development Program (SARE-PDP). Click HERE to download a scholarship application. Contact Carol Moore for more information.

Upcoming Workshops

Welcome to the 2012 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series. Check this page frequently as new workshop information is added on an ongoing basis.


Looking forward to the 2013 SOSA Workshop Calendar? Click HERE

 

Archive of CEFS 2012 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series. (Back to top)

 

Beekeeping Class

Small Flock Field Day

Social Media for Farmers

Exploring Agroforestry Opportunities

Bringing New Farmers to the Table - Addressing the Supply Side of the 10% Campaign

2012 Winter Feeding Management Workshops

Shiitake Mushroom Production Workshop

Blueberry Pruning Workshop

Shiitake Mushroom Production Workshop

Ginger Production Workshop

NCA&T SU Small Farms Week: Locally Grown, Good for All

Local Livestock Marketing

2012 Grassroots Leadership Conferences Economic Empowerment

Bringing New Farmers to the Table - Addressing the Supply Side of the 10% Campaign

Blackberry Production

Whole Animal Butchery and Advanced Charcuterie for Farmers and Chefs

Dirt! The Movie

Official CEFS Field Day

Forages Field Day for Goat Producers

Improve Your Soil With Cover Crops

Enhancing Habitats To Provide Multiple Ecosystem Services

Establishing Beneficial Insect Habitat on Organic Farms

Establishing Beneficial Insect Habitat in Nash County
Establishing Beneficial Insect Habitat in Orange County

11th Annual Small Farms Field Day: Improving Practices to Profits

Small Ruminant Integrated Gastrointestinal Parasite Control, Smart Drenching and FAMACHA

NC Silvopasture Workshop

NC Silvopasture Working Group Meeting

Legume Cover Crops & No-till Production

Organic Field Crop Farm Tour

2012 Annual Mid-Atlantic Dairy Grazing Conference & Organic Dairy Field Day

Social Media for Farmers

Maintaining a Small Poultry Flock

Female Cattle Producers Training

NCA&T and Reidsville Fall Field Day

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) Annual Conference - (Not a CEFS Event)

Amazing Grazing Workshop: Make the Most of Your Beef Production System

American Livestock Breeds Conservancy Annual Conference - (Not a CEFS Event)

High Tunnel Production

Carolina Meat Conference

Tomato Grafting Workshop

 

NCCES logoBeekeeping Class
Dates: January 3, 2012-February 7, 2012 (every Tuesday)
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $30.00
Registration Deadline: December 28, 2011

Location: NC Cooperative Extension, 208 West Chestnut Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530, Kitchen (Room 105)
To Register: Please call Diane at the NC Cooperative Extension 919 -731-1525

Questions: Call Diane at 919-731-1525 or Bill Thering at 919 -738-1983 or go to: www.neuseregionalbeekeepers.org

Instructor: Bill Thering, President, Neuse Regional Beekeepers Assoc.

This six week course is designed to introduce students to honey bee biology and teach the fundamental principles of beekeeping management including crop pollination and honey production. Course materials taught in this class prepare participants to become NCSBA Certified Beekeepers. Ownership of bees or bee experience is not required. Includes book and 1 year membership to Neuse Regional Beekeepers Association Registration:

If you have taken a class from the Neuse Regional Beekeepers Association in the past you are welcome to sit in on these classes free of charge.

Sponsored by: Neuse Regional Beekeepers Association in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension.

Printable PDF flyer for workshop.

 

NCCES logo & ALBC logoSmall Flock Field Day- All Day
Dates: Thursday, January 19

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Harnett County Cooperative Extension Office, 126 Alexander Drive, Lillington, NC 27546-1089
Registration Fee: $10 (includes lunch)
Workshop Organizer: Dan Campeau, Chatham County Cooperative Extension
To Register Contact: Jane Tripp at 919-542-8202 by January 17

Join us for this full day seminar as we examine the management of small flocks from basic forage management to processing. This workshop is brought to you through a Chatham County Cooperative Extension, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and CEFS partnership.

For more information on this workshop, please contact Dan Campeau at 919-548-9895.

Download an agenda

 


CFSA logoSocial Media for Farmers
(Brought to you by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association)
Dates as follows:
January 24 - Guilford County
January 31 - Watauga County
February 1 - Gaston County
February 16 - Lenoir County
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $10 (Includes lunch)
Registration: Call 919-542-2402, Email cheryl@carolinafarmstewards.org or Go online to www.carolinafarmstewards.org

Want to harness the power of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to reach new customers and grow your farm business? You won’t want to miss this all-day hands-on workshop designed especially for farmers and taught by social media experts, Johanna Kramer (@durhamfoodie) Cary and Grace Kanoy (GeoCore Films). You will leave this workshop with a fully-functioning Facebook and Twitter page (or upgrade your existing pages), the skills to shoot your own short farm video using your cell phone, camera, or iPad, and the training to take better farm photos. Includes lunch.

Visit the CFSA website for more information.

This workshop is funded by a grant from the Golden LEAF foundation.

 

NCA&T logoExploring Agroforestry Opportunities
Wednesday, January 25 (2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 26 (8:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.)

*** THIS WORKSHOP IS RESERVED FOR WESTERN N.C. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PERSONNEL ***

Location: Jackson County Extension, 538 Scotts Creek Rd/suite 205, Sylva, NC 28779
Registration: Online through iLMS
Workshop Organizer: Joshua Idassi, NCA&T SU

We will explore agroforestry opportunities in the region because many woodland owners and farmers and are struggling to make a livelihood o­n small acreage farms. They often have limited financial means and are seeking ways to maximize their income per acre, while keeping their requirement for purchased inputs low. Production systems need to become more diverse. New crops and new production methods need to be embraced. Cost-effective alternatives that can meet environmental goals and increase profits need to be available to producers.  That’s where agroforestry comes in the picture.  Most agroforestry practices are designed to be readily integrated into existing farm operations. Three agroforestry practices (i.e., Forest farming, Riparian Buffers and Silvopasture) will be examined by a panel of extension specialists, USDA Agency personnel, county extension agents and selected experienced farmers/woodland owners. We will use two major case studies/scenarios with issues and questions that you might encounter as an educator or trainer /advisor with your audience in riparian buffer, silvopasture and in forest farming industry and each participant will be asked to review and edit several fact sheets to be used by the public in the future.

Click here to download a full workshop agenda (Word) or full workshop agenda (PDF)

 

Bringing New Farmers to the Table - Addressing the Supply Side of the 10% Campaign
Agent Training for Support of Beginning Farmers: Land Access, Capital / Credit, and Business Planning

Dates as Follows:
January 19, 2012 - West District  - Register through iLMS  (Deadline to register- January 4 @5 p.m.)
February 1,2012 - North Central District - Register through iLMS:  
(Deadline to register - Wed, Jan 18, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m.)
February 2, 2012 - Northeast District - Register through iLMS:
(Deadline to register - Wed, Jan 18, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m. )

February 15, 2015 - South Central District  - Register through iLMS:
 (Deadline to register - Wed, Feb 1, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m. )
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Registration Fee: $15

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will facilitate this training focused on making support for beginning farmers an integral part of CEFS’ 10% Campaign. Instructors (noted on registration form) will use a ‘train the trainer’ approach to present and discuss some of the top challenges facing beginning farmers in North Carolina: land access, capital /credit, business planning. This training is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. This training is open to all Extension agents, directors and Local Food Coordinators.

Topics:             Land Access   ...   Capital /Credit    ...   Business Planning               

Instructors:      Andrew Branan  ...  Tony Kleese  ...  Rick Larson  ...  Scott Marlow  ...  Noah Ranells (speakers will vary from district to district)

A beginning farmer(s) from the district will speak from his/her experience in getting started, and we also hope to include a peer to peer opportunity to hear successes from an Agent who works regularly with beginning farmers. Instructors will use a ‘train the trainer’ approach to present and discuss some of the top challenges facing beginning farmers in North Carolina.

This project is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, grant number #2010-49400-21733.

Please contact Joanna Lelekacs with any questions – joanna_lelekacs@ncsu.edu, 919-244-5269.

 

NCCES logoAmazing Grazing logo2012 Winter Feeding Management Workshops
(This event brought to you through the NCSU Amazing Grazing Program)
Monday, February 13
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: See below
Registration Fee: FREE

Tuesday, February 14
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: See below
Registration Fee: FREE

Make plans to attend the Grazing Workshop at Brad Storie’s Farm, Monday, February 13, 2012 for a great educational program. There will be a demonstration to show the benefits of stockpiling fescue and how rotational grazing can save you money, time and keep your cattle in good condition. This grazing program will be Monday, February 13, from 9:00 - 11:30 AM, at Brad Storie’s farm in Hamptonville. The farm is located at 1201 Three Oaks Rd. Look for signs on Hwy 21 North. We had this program last year generating interest in learning more about stockpiling fescue and rotational grazing to reduce hay needs and save money. There will be an additional visit to Mike Jones farm in Surry County that afternoon, from 1:30 – 3:30 PM for a different view of this management practice. There will be NC State and NRCS Specialists discussing this program and answering questions. If you want to learn how to save money and feed less hay, come to Brad Storie’s on Monday, February 13, from 9 – 11:30 AM. For more information or directions, contact the Cooperative Extension Center in Davie County at 753-6100.

 

 

NCA&T logo Shiitake Mushroom Production Workshop
Date: Tuesday, February 3
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Wadesboro Park, Anson, NC
Registration: FREE
To register and for directions contact Aimee Rankin at 704-694-2415

Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: NCA&T SU University Farm, 3806 McConnell Road, Greensboro NC 27411
Registration: FREE
To register contact Dr. F. Anike at 336-334-7259 or Sheila Farmer at 336-334-7543

Date: Friday, February 17
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Muddy Creek Farm - 3515 Seals Rd. Morganton, NC 28655
Registration: FREE
To register contact Dr. F. Anike at 336-334-7259 or Sheila Farmer at 336-334-7543

Location: Center for Environmental Farming Systems, 201 Stevens Mill Road, Goldsboro, NC 27530
Registration: FREE
To be put on the wait list, please contact Lisa Forehand at 919-513-0954 or lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu

*** Each participant should bring 3 freshly cut oak or sweet gum logs, 4-8 inches diameter x 4 feet long, from LIVE trees for inoculation. At the conclusion of the workshop two logs will be donated to NCA&T and participants will leave with one log. ***

We are very happy to help Dr Isikhuemhen announce his annual Shiitake Mushroom Production workshops! These workshops will be applicable for both 'seasoned' producers as well as new farmers.

Farmers in the program who are already in production can place order for spawn with the county extension agents. Spawn will be ready as from mid-February.

New farmers can get spawn only if they will inoculate a minimum of two hundred (200) logs. New farmers will only be given spawn after they attend one of our workshops.

Download announcement here

Frequently Asked Questions about Shiitake Workshop

Producing Shiitake Mushrooms - A Guide for Small-Scale Outdoor Cultivation on Logs

 

NCCES logoBlueberry Pruning Workshop
(A cooperative event between Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service & CEFS)
Saturday, February 18

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, N.C.
Registration Fee: FREE (deadline is February 15)
Workshop Organizer: Karen Blaedow, Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service

*** THIS WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY - SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE ***

There is no cost for this workshop, but registration is required by February 15th. Workshop participants will meet at the CEFS Service Building for a short classroom presentation and then participants will travel to CEFS Small Farm Unit for the pruning demonstration portion of the workshop. Directions will be provided at the beginning of the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring hand pruners and dress appropriately for outdoor demonstration.

View downloadable FLYER here.

 

NCA&T logo Shiitake Mushroom Production Workshop
Date: Saturday, February 25
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

*** THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE ***

Location: Center for Environmental Farming Systems, 201 Stevens Mill Road, Goldsboro, NC 27530
Registration: FREE
To be put on the wait list, please contact Lisa Forehand at 919-513-0954 or lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu

*** Each participant should bring 3 freshly cut oak or sweet gum logs, 4-8 inches diameter x 4 feet long, from LIVE trees for inoculation. At the conclusion of the workshop two logs will be donated to NCA&T and participants will leave with one log. ***

We are very happy to help Dr Isikhuemhen announce his annual Shiitake Mushroom Production workshops! These workshops will be applicable for both 'seasoned' producers as well as new farmers.

Farmers in the program who are already in production can place order for spawn with the county extension agents. Spawn will be ready as from mid-February.

New farmers can get spawn only if they will inoculate a minimum of two hundred (200) logs. New farmers will only be given spawn after they attend one of our workshops.

Download announcement here

Frequently Asked Questions about Shiitake Workshop

Producing Shiitake Mushrooms - A Guide for Small-Scale Outdoor Cultivation on Logs

 

NCCES logoGinger Production Workshop
(A cooperative event between Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service & CEFS)
Saturday, March 3
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, N.C.
Registration Fee: FREE - Must pre-register by March 1 (call Diane at 919-731-1525 to reserve a spot)
Workshop Organizer: Karen Blaedow, Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service

*** THIS WORKSHOP IS AT CAPACITY - SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE ***

This workshop is designed for first-time ginger growers. Presenter Susan Anderson of East Branch Ginger will give an overview of edible ginger (Zingiber officinale) production. There is no cost for this workshop, but registration is required by March 1st. Please call Diane at 919-731-1525 to reserve a spot.

View downloadable FLYER here

View Susan's SHORT presentation (PDF) here. (10MB)

View Susan's LONG presentation (PDF) here (14MB)

 

NCA&T logo2012 Grassroots Leadership Conferences Economic Empowerment: Entrepreneurship, Money Management & Workforce Development
East - February 21
Central - March 6
West - March 9

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: Conference Attendees - FREE; N.C. Cooperative Extension Personnel - $25
Workshop Organizer: NC A&T State University. For more information contact Vivian Smith at 336-285-4674.


The grassroots leadership Conference is an annual forum that brings together a diverse group of stakeholders throughout the three regions of NC. The goal of the conference is to discuss real issues that impact North Carolinians, to provide participants with an opportunity to engage in dialogue and to learn more about the identified issues.

To read more about this event download the complete description.

To register for this conference download a registration form (PDF).

 

Bringing New Farmers to the Table - Addressing the Supply Side of the 10% Campaign
Agent Training for Support of Beginning Farmers: Land Access, Capital / Credit, and Business Planning
*** This Training is restricted to ONLY NC Cooperative Extension Employees ***

Dates: March 9, 2012 - Southeast District -   Register through iLMS:  (Deadline to register - Wed, Mar 23, 2011 @ 5:00 p.m.)
*** Please click on the iLMS link to fill in, print and mail in the paper registration and required $15 registration fee.
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Registration Fee: $15

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will facilitate this training focused on making support for beginning farmers an integral part of CEFS’ 10% Campaign. Instructors (noted on registration form) will use a ‘train the trainer’ approach to present and discuss some of the top challenges facing beginning farmers in North Carolina: land access, capital /credit, business planning. This training is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture. This training is open to all Extension agents, directors and Local Food Coordinators.

Topics:             Land Access   ...   Capital /Credit    ...   Business Planning               

Instructors:      Andrew Branan  ...  Tony Kleese  ...  Rick Larson  ...  Scott Marlow  ...  Noah Ranells (speakers will vary from district to district)

A beginning farmer(s) from the district will speak from his/her experience in getting started, and we also hope to include a peer to peer opportunity to hear successes from an Agent who works regularly with beginning farmers. Instructors will use a ‘train the trainer’ approach to present and discuss some of the top challenges facing beginning farmers in North Carolina.

This project is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, grant number #2010-49400-21733.

Please contact Joanna Lelekacs with any questions – joanna_lelekacs@ncsu.edu, 919-244-5269.

 

NCCES logoBlackberry Production
(A cooperative event between Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service & CEFS)

Saturday, March 10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, N.C.
Registration Fee: FREE (deadline is March 5)
Workshop Organizer: Karen Blaedow, Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service

There is no cost for this workshop, but pre-registration is required by Monday, March 5, 2012. Workshop participants will meet at the CEFS Service Building for a short presentation on blackberry production and management, followed by a pruning and trellis demonstration at the Small Farm Unit. Directions will be provided at the beginning of the workshop.  Participants are encouraged to bring hand pruners and loppers and to dress appropriately for outside activity.
Please call Diane at (919) 731-1525 to reserve a spot.

 

Whole Animal Butchery and Advanced Charcuterie for Farmers and Chef
NC Choices and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the next workshop in the Carolina Meat Institute series!
Dates:
Monday, March 19
Tuesday, March 20 *** SOLD OUT ***
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Silk Hope Community Center just outside of Siler City, NC in beautiful Chatham County.
Registration: For more information visit the NC Choices - Carolina Meat Institute Website

Monday and Tuesday 9am-4pm (repeat session)
Whole Animal Butchery for Chefs and Farmers with Kari Underly of Range, Inc., Chicago, IL.
Master Butcher Kari Underly demonstrates whole animal butchery of beef and pork. Kari will disassemble an entire side of beef and pork into primal, sub-primal and retail cuts. Topics will include a discussion of meat quality, carcass utilization for chefs and farmers, basic cooking preparations for uncommon cuts, beef value-added shoulder cuts (ie, Denver Steak, Flat Iron, etc.). Time and space will be available for discussion, questions and close observation of meat cutting. See Kari's Youtube entry for the Who's Your Butcher Contest  and her new book The Art of Beef Cutting: A Meat Professional's Guide to Butchering and Merchandising.
$120 until March 12th. Registration goes to $170 on March 13th. Class is limited to 40 registrants per day. Lunch included.
REGISTER HERE

Monday and Tuesday 9am-4pm (repeat session)
Advanced Charcuterie with Craig Deihl of Cypress, Charleston, SC.  Executive Chef and two time James Beard Award nominee, Craig Deihl is a master in the craft of charcuterie. Spend a day with Craig and learn technique and recipes suitable for the home enthusiast as well as the professional chef. See Michael Ruhlman's perspective from a recent visit with Craig http://ruhlman.com/2012/01/dry-cured-ham-at-home/.
$160 until March 12th. Registration goes to $200 on March 13th. Class limited to 12 registrants per day. Lunch included.

 

NCA&T logoNCA&T SU Small Farms Week: Locally Grown, Good for All
Dates:
Monday, March 26: Event Kickoff
Tuesday, March 27: Farm Tours
Wednesday, March 28: Educational Forum & Small Farmers Recognition Luncheon
More events to come...

The itinerary for The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T’s annual celebration of small-scale agriculture is set. The kickoff will be Monday, March 26, in Martin County; Tuesday’s (March 27) educational forum will feature tours of two farms where livestock and produce production are innovatively amalgamated, and the educational forum Wednesday morning (March 28) prior to the Small Farmers Recognition Luncheon will include presentations by a number of authorities on increasing profits from livestock production.

Farmers living more than 130 miles from campus who would like to get their name in the hat for lodging, meals and waiver of registration fees for Small Farms Week activities on campus March 26 - 27 have until Feb. 17 to apply for a scholarship.  Applicants must rely on farming for at least 50 percent of annual gross income to qualify for scholarships.

The UNC TV program "North Carolina Rising" recently broadcast a feature that previews one of the farmers on the Small Farms week tour, Stanley Hughes, and the owner/operator of the other farm on the tour, Eliza MacLean, was among the farmers interviewed on UNC radio's "State of Things" in December of 2011.

This information borrowed from the ag-e-dispatch, the electronic newsletter from NCA&T's School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

 

NCA&T logoLocal Livestock Marketing
Tuesday, March 27
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration: Available online - click here

The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T State University is hosting an educational forum on local livestock marketing during Small Farms Week.  The following is a detailed agenda of the two-day forum.  Registration is available online.

Tour of Pine Knot Farms (Stanley Hughes) and Cane Creek Farm (Eliza McLean)
- 12:30 p.m. Leave Church parking lot (large parking area across from House of Prayer, 101 S Dudley St, Greensboro, NC 27401)
- 1:15 p.m. Arrive Cane Creek Farm (1203 Longest Acres Rd, Snow Camp, NC 27349)
- 3:00 p.m. Leave Cane Creek Farm
- 3:45 p.m. Arrive Pine Knot Farms (8906 Hester Rd, Hurdle Mills, NC, 27541)
- 4:45 p.m. Leave Pine Knot Farms
- 5:30 p.m. Arrive Church parking lot

Wednesday, March 28th
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Registration: Available online - click here

Presentations:
- 9:00 a.m. NC A&T SU campus, Student Union, Stallings Ballroom
Presentations: Meat cuts and Pricing (Lee Menius), Value-added livestock products (Eliza McLean), Marketing options (Casey McKissick), Food Safety and “Other” Marketing Tools (Dr. Rosalind Dale)
- 10:00 a.m. Jennifer Curtis, Farmhand Foods
- 10:20 a.m. Break (taste sausage from Farmhand Foods)
- 10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion with presenters above, additional livestock producers. Foothills Pilot Plant small animal processing representative, Chaudhry Halal Meats large animal processing representative
- 11:15 Adjourn

 

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the Park Scholars Program are proud to present a showing of the movie "DIRT!".

Dirt - the Movie Photo
Wednesday, March 28
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Movie followed by discussion panel)
Admission: FREE

Location: NCSU Witherspoon Auditorium (FREE PARKING DIRECTLY ADJACENT TO THEATER - indicated as building #81 on map)

This event is sponsored by the NCSU Union Activities Board.

View one of the trailers HERE.

Information taken from official Dirt! The Movie website:

All About Dirt

"DIRT! The Movie, tells the amazing and little known story of the relationship between humans and living dirt.

Why Dirt?

Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth's climate. Dirt is the ultimate natural resource for all life on earth.

Yet most humans ignore, abuse, and destroy our most precious living natural resource. Consider the results of such behavior: mass starvation, drought, floods, and global warming, and wars. If we continue on our current path, Dirt might find another use for humans, as compost for future life forms.

It doesn't have to be that way. Another world, in which we treat dirt with the respect it deserves, is possible and we'll show you how.

The film offers a vision of a sustainable relationship between Humans and Dirt through profiles of the global visionaries who are determined to repair the damage we've done before it's too late. There are many ways we can preserve the living skin of the earth for future generations. If you care about your food, water, the air you breathe, your health and happiness... it's time to see DIRT! The Movie, roll up your sleeves for action and Get Dirty."

Printable Flyer to Post!

 

Panelists:

Julie Grossman (Moderator): My work broadly explores the ways in which we can better manage plant-soil-microbe relationships in order to enhance soil fertility with the ultimate goal of developing sustainable food production systems. The overarching goal of my research program is to enhance the efficient management of soil nutrients in low-input and organic farming systems. I do this by conducting basic and applied research that will increase our understanding of how agricultural management affects the cycling of nutrients via soil microbial processes. Organic farmers and those with limited resources are often put in a tricky spot of growing food crops without purchased inputs such as synthetic fertilizers. This increases their reliance on less understood soil microbial processes to provide their crop plants with critical nutrients needed for growth and development. Read More...

Jeana Myers has a PhD in Soil Science from NC State University and worked at the NCDA Soil Testing Lab for five years prior to becoming the Horticulture Agent for Wake County in January. She and her husband garden their 0.3 acre urban lot intensively, with over 50 fruit and vegetable varieties, chickens, solar hot water, water catchment, frog ponds, and a lay bread oven. 

Mike Ortosky is a registered Landscape Architect and NC Licensed Soil Scientist.  He is a graduate of NC State University and worked with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service before co- founding Soil & Environmental Consultants in Raleigh in 1989.  He served there as environmental consultant and designer until becoming President in 2004.  In 2009, following his interest in community development and sustainable agriculture, he started the Earthwise Company where he and business partner Tony Kleese provide community and agriculture consulting, design, development, and management services today.

Dale Threatt-Taylor is Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Director. She received a Bachelor of Science in Conservation from NC State University in 1991, beginning her career as a Soil Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Orange County. She later joined the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District as a Conservation Technician and progressively moved into one of the Natural Resource Conservationist positions. In August 2008 the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors appointed her as District Administrator (now District Director). Read More...



About this Parks Scholars Project:
CEFS has been mentoring four NCSU Park Scholars for the past academic year. The pinnacle of their project was to create, organize, advertise and draw an audience for people passionate about the environment and interested in learning more. The Scholars have had full class loads, extra-curricular activities and even internships during this year-long endeavor. This final project speaks volumes about the maturity and dedication of these Park Scholar Students.

 

Official CEFS Field Day
Date: Thursday, May 3
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - local foods dinner to follow field events
Registration Fee: $10
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, NC

Join us as we showcase some of the research being done at CEFS. The event will include an open house,farm tour, poster session, equipment demonstrations, presentation on key research in the various farm units. See schedule of events below.

11:00 a.m. Open houses at Small Farm Unit and Community Engagement Sites.

12:30 p.m. - Registration opens; poster viewing

1 p.m. - Field Day
The field day includes farm tours, distinguished guests, equipment demonstrations and presentations on key research work in the various farm units.

Farm tours will highlight activities in the following areas:

5:30 p.m. - Local foods dinner featuring Eastern-style barbeque

To register ot for more information visit the official CEFS Field Day Webpage.

 

Forages Field Day for Goat Producers
Date: Saturday, May 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration Information: Contact Heather Glennon or Dan Wells for more information
Location: Travel to three different farms

Joins us as we visit three Johnston County goat farms that are cooperating with the NCSU Meat Goat and Forages Program and implementing rotational grazing. You will learn about mixing legumes (clovers, pea and lespedeza) and grasses (fescue and orchardgrass) to extend the grazing season and add nitrogen to your pastures. The farm tour and hosts include: Gordon and Leslie Averill (Selma), Bob and Rebecca Gessner (Selma) and James Paul & Saundra Allen (Smithfield, NC).

Download flyer here

 

NCA&T logoImprove Your Soil With Cover Crops
Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Registration Deadline: May 14
(Contact 336-334-7548)
Registration Fee: FREE

Location: NCA&T SU Farm, 3136 McConnell Rd, Greensboro 27405

Whether you are growing in large fields or home gardens, cover crops can improve your soil while reducing weeds and labor. Learn what cover crops work best in North Carolina, and how to reap their benefits. For more information contact Dr. Charlie Raczkowski at 336-334-7779 or raczkowc@ncat.edu.

Sponsored by the Agricultural Research Program at NCA&T State University

 

Enhancing Habitats To Provide Multiple Ecosystem Services
Date: Wednesday, May 23
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: FREE

Location: Goldsboro, NC
Organizer: David Orr, NCSU Department of Entomology

This workshop will provide an overview of ecosystem services and practices and programs designed to enhance them.  Practices for the farm and home landscapes will be presented.  Field demonstrations will focus on establishment and maintenance of habitats to provide life cycle needs of native plants, wildlife, predatory and parasitic insects, and pollinators.

Registration Form: Word or PDF

Proposed Agenda (subject to change without notice) Word or PDF

Presentations from the Workshop:

Habitat for Multiple Ecological Services

Potential for Conservation Biological Control of Stink Bugs in North Carolina

Effects of Lawn Plant Diversity on Arthropod Diversity

Quick Planting and Maintenance Guide for Prairie Plant Habitat

 

Establishing Beneficial Insect Habitat on Organic Farms

Dr. David Orr, Department of Entomology at NCSU has been working with Tony Kleese of the Earthwise Company and eight NC organic growers for the past two years to evaluate the establishment of beneficial insect habitat on working organic farms.  They tested a model that allows farmers to access cost share support from NRCS for habitat establishment.  Two field days are being offered to view plots and share experiences and resources.  The workshops are free and registration is not required.  Call or email questions to Tony Kleese, 919 622 5897, tkleeses@earthwiselife.com

Establishing Beneficial Insect Habitat in Nash County
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Hickory Meadows Organics in Whitakers, NC
Registration: FREE - Call or email questions to Tony Kleese, 919 622 5897, tkleeses@earthwiselife.com

Agenda:
6:00 to 6:10 – Habitat design considerations – Dr David Orr, NCSU Entomology
6:10 to 6:20 – Habitat establishment practices – Tony Kleese, Earthwise Company LLC
6:20 to 6:30 – Tour habitat site in year two of establishment and Q&A

Held in conjunction with the NCSU Organic Grain Project’s Nash County Organic Canola Field Tour from 5 to 6 p.m.

Call or email Molly Hamilton for more details about the Canola tour at 828-273-1041 or molly_hamilton@ncsu.edu.

Directions:   Take I-95 to exit 150 (exit is 12 miles north of US-64/I-95 intersection).  Go west on NC 33 about ¼ mile to NC 48.  Shop and parking is behind the Hickory Baptist Church at the intersection


Establishing Beneficial Insect Habitat in Orange County
Date: Thursday, May 31
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Whitted Bowers Farm in Cedar Grove, NC
Registration:

5:30 to 5:45 – Introductions, Habitat design considerations – Dr David Orr, NCSU Entomology
5:45 to 6:00 – Habitat establishment practices – Tony Kleese, Earthwise Company LLC
6:00 to 6:15 – Tour habitat site in year three of establishment and Q&A
6:15 to 6:30 – Whitted Bowers Farm’s approach to beneficial insect habitat – Rob and Cheri Bowers

Directions: 10 miles north of Hillsborough, NC take a right on Hurdle Mills Rd. (flashing yellow light). Go 1¼ mile and take a left on Art Rd.  Farm entrance is ¼ mile on the right. (http://www.whittedbowersfarm.com/Site/Directions.html)

This is a project of NC State University and is funded by the USDA-CSREES-Integrated Organic Program and the USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant Program.

 

11th Annual Small Farms Field Day: Improving Practices to Profits
Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Registration: Advanced registration suggested

Location: University Farm at NCA&T SU, 3136 McConnell Road, Greensboro, NC


Farm Tour Sites: Pastured poultry, alley cropping: pecan trees and watermelons, mixed grazing: meat goats and hair sheep, managing parasites in small ruminants, managing pests on collards.


For questions or to register contact Alexis Gaines at 336-334-7956 or ajgaines@ncat.edu

Downloadable PDF

 

Small Ruminant Integrated Gastrointestinal Parasite Control, Smart Drenching and FAMACHA
Date: Thursday, June 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: CEFS Goldsboro, NC

Registration: $15 (for the cost of the FAMACHA card to participants who want to be FAMACHA certified)
To Register: Contact Eileen Coite at Wayne County Cooperative Extension at 919-731-1520


Workshop Organizer: J-M Luginbuhl

This workshop will expose the audience to the problems facing producers with respect to small ruminant gastrointestinal parasite control, the biology of the barber pole worm (H. contortus), a quick review of dewormers, understanding parasite drug resistance versus animal resistance, susceptibility or resilience, the concepts of smart drenching and FAMACHA©, and how to integrate smart drenching, FAMACHA and pasture management for more effective gastrointestinal parasite control. On-going research concerning non-chemical approaches to treating small ruminant with traditional dewormers such as alternative forages will be discussed.

The hands-on session will be held following the lecture to certify participants on how to use the FAMACHA© card as an effective management tool.

For more information contact: Margaret A. Bell, Livestock Agent, Craven & Jones Counties, 252-633-1477 or Eileen Coite, Extension Agent, Agriculture, Livestock & Forages, Wayne County, 919-731-1520.

 

Dr. Luginbuhl's presentation: Integrated GI Parasite Management Program

 

NC Silvopasture Workshop
Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 8:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

Location: CEFS Goldsboro, NC
Registration: FREE - includes lunch

*** Please be dressed for the field. Laced shoes (boots prefered), pants and gloves. ***

Recent research has shown that meat goat production systems in the southeastern USA should be designed to take advantage of the goats’ natural preference for browse. Trees could contribute to system productivity by supplying required nutrients when demand by growing animals is critical and the quality of forage is limited. Research has also begun to evaluate the potential for goat silvopasture production with hardwood species. A field study has been established in Wayne County, NC to evaluate the establishment and early growth characteristics of three leguminous tree species Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.), Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis Schneid), and Mimosa (Albiziajulibrissin Durazz).Participants will take part in discussions and hands-on demonstrations that will try to answer the following questions:

Download description and agenda here: WORD or PDF

Download registration form here: WORD or PDF

Link to Dr. Idassi's PowerPoint Presentation

 

NC Silvopasture Working Group Meeting
Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.

Location: CEFS Goldsboro, NC
Registration: FREE - please pre-register

NC Silvopasture Workshop participants are encouraged to attend this working group meeting as we start the NC Silvopasture Working Group (NCSWG) Charter.
1:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m. NC Silvopasture Working Group  (Facilitator:  Joshua Idassi)

Download description and agenda here: WORD or PDF

Download registration form here: WORD or PDF

 

Legume Cover Crops & No-till Production
Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 4:00p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: CEFS Goldsboro, NC
Registration Fee: FREE - Please pre-register by contacting Lisa Forehand (919-513-0954 or email lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu)

Limited to first 40 registered participants

Legume cover crops can do a lot for your farm, from adding nitrogen to improving soil quality.  Join us to learn more about successfully managing these cover crops.  We will discuss different legumes that can be planted in NC, their benefits, and how they can be killed.  We will also cover no-till planting into killed legumes, and see a trial of corn planted into different legume cover crops which were killed with different methods.  Innoculation, an often overlooked part of management, will also be discussed. 

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.
PLEASE CONTACT LISA FOREHAND (lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu) TO HAVE YOUR NAME PUT ON THE WAIT LIST.

 

 

Organic Field Crop Farm Tour
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Time: 4:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.

Location:  Hickory Meadows Organics, Whitakers, NC, Nash County
Registration Fee: $10 - includes BBQ supper
Registration: Contact Lisa Forehand to register:  lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0954 (Deadline to register is Monday, July 16)

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST, PLEASE EMAIL: lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu

 

This year we invite you to visit an outstanding organic farm in North Carolina.  This farm, located in Whitakers, NC, has significant certified organic acreage, as well as conventional acreage.  The farmers produce a variety of crops, and have opened their fields for a tour this summer.

· See organic tobacco, sweet potatoes, soybeans, and cotton

· Learn from the farmers about the challenges they face producing organic crops as well as the benefits.

· Learn more about organic production techniques and research used to produce a variety of organic field crops.

CCA Continuing Education Units available: CU = 1.0

Pesticide Credit Available: NODX = 1.0

For more information, contact Molly Hamilton at 828-273-1041 or molly_hamilton@ncsu.edu

Registration forms: WORD or PDF

Download a detailed agenda, directions and more information: WORD or PDF

 

2012 Annual Mid-Atlantic Dairy Grazing Conference & Organic Dairy Field Day
Date: Wednesday - Friday, July 25-27
Time: Varies - see registration form below for detailed information and agenda

Registration Fee: see registration form below for detailed information
Scholarships: Scholarships available for NC Cooperative Extension Agents
Location: Washington College Gibson Center, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620

We hope you can join us for the 9th Annual Mid-Atlantic Dairy Grazing Cinference. Some events include:

Pasture walks/Farm Tours:
July 25 Fair Hill Farm - Chestertown - Dairy heifer grazing, organic crops
July 26 St. Brigid’s Farm -Kennedyville - Dairy grazing, pasture-fed Jersey beef
Optional tours after the Conference
Must see opportunities: Cow vacuum for controlling flies, Grazing management, Organic alfalfa and crop production, Virtual farm tours, Sponsors’ Trade show, Conference proceedings

Discussion sessions: Dairy grazier panels, Invited and local speakers

Presentation/discussion topics: Value-added dairy enterprises, Once daily milking/tall grass grazing, Economics of dairy grazing systems, Health practices for grazing farms, Optimal strategies for supplements, Management of organic pastures/cows, Genetics and reproduction, Multiple family-owned grazing farms, Pasture species

NC Cooperative Extension Agents can register through XLMS

Download registration form and detailed agenda

 

CFSA logoSocial Media for Farmers
(Brought to you by Carolina Farm Stewardship Association)
Dates as follows:
March 6 - Buncombe County - SOLD OUT
August 14 - Winston Salem at Forsyth Ag. Building
August 16 -Pittsboro at the Chatham County Ag Building


Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $10 (Includes lunch)
Registration: Call 919-542-2402, Email cheryl@carolinafarmstewards.org or Go online to www.carolinafarmstewards.org

Want to harness the power of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to reach new customers and grow your farm business? You won’t want to miss this all-day hands-on workshop designed especially for farmers and taught by social media experts, Johanna Kramer (@durhamfoodie) Cary and Grace Kanoy (GeoCore Films). You will leave this workshop with a fully-functioning Facebook and Twitter page (or upgrade your existing pages), the skills to shoot your own short farm video using your cell phone, camera, or iPad, and the training to take better farm photos. Includes lunch.

Visit the CFSA website for more information.

This workshop is funded by a grant from the Golden LEAF foundation.

 

Small-Scale Egg Production in a Range Setting Field Day
Date: Wednesday, September 19

Time: 8:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, NC
Registration Fee: $30
*** DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: SEPTEMBER 10 ***

This Field Day will be geared toward those interested in small-scale egg production in a range setting. Topics to be covered include: Integrating Egg Production Into Your Operations, Constructing Mobile Paddocks and Range Huts for Laying Hens, Egg and Environmental Microbiology in Organic Egg Production with Rotational Organic Dairy Grazing, Flock Health in Organic Operations, Tour the Small Farm Organic Unit (Poultry), Forages for the Poultry Paddocks.

Download a registration form here: Word or PDF

Download a detailed agenda here

Official Field Day Program

 

Female Cattle Producers Training
Date: Saturday, September 29
Time: 9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, NC

North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association are working together to offer a third workshop for women who would like more information and hands-on experience with cattle.  The first two workshops were very successful, and we have had multiple requests to offer the workshop again.

What will participants be learning?  We will start the day with a presentation from Bryan Blinson, Executive Director of the N.C. Cattlemen's Association, who will talk about "Becoming a Leader in the Cattle Industry."  This will be followed by Dr. Mark Alley's presentation and demonstration of "Low Stress Cattle Handling."  The 20 participants will be divided into four small groups for hands-on activities: (1) Low stress cattle handling (April Shaeffer, NCSU Animal Science); (2) Proper techniques for vaccinating, deworming, eartagging (Lisa Shelton, certified Beef Quality Assurance trainer and farm manager at John Queen Farms); (3) Nutrition and Pasture management (Dr. Matt Poore and Dr. Sharon Freeman, NCSU Animal Science); and (4) Calving: normal presentation, difficulties (Dr. Mark Alley, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine).  There is no cost to the participants for the workshop or the lunch, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Cattlemen's Association.

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants, and the selection will be made on August 27, 2012.  Anyone who is interested in applying needs to be sure the application is sent to Jeannette_Moore@ncsu.edu and is received by 5 pm on August 24th.  An application may also be faxed (919-515-8753) or mailed:  Dr. Jeannette Moore, NCSU Box 7621, Raleigh, NC  27695-7621 (must be received by Aug 24).

Participant Application:  Type or write clearly the following information electronically or on your own paper.  There is no formal application form.
1. Name of applicant (must be 18 years of age or older): 
2. E-mail address: 
3. Phone number: 
4. Mailing address: 
5. Years of cattle experience (circle one):   0-5    6-10    10+
6. Type of farm (circle one):   Cow/Calf    Stocker    Feedlot/Finishing
7. Number of cattle on the farm: 
8. Type of cattle on the farm (registered or commercial): 
9. County the farm is in: 
10. Are you a member of the N.C. Cattlemen's Association? 
11. Do you sell any beef directly? 
12. Briefly (1 or 2 paragraphs) explain why you would like to attend the workshop.
13. Briefly (1 or 2 paragraphs) explain what you would like to learn/take home from the workshop.

All applicants will be notified on August 28th as to what their acceptance status is. 

View more information (WORD) or (PDF)

 

NC A&T logoNCA&T and Reidsville Fall Field Day
Date: Thursday, October 18
Time: 9:00a.m. to 11:30a.m. and 12:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.

Location: N.C. Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University & Upper Piedmont Research Station, Reidsville, NC
Registration: Contact Andrea Brooks at albrooks@ncat.edu OR NC Cooperative Extension Agents - Register through LMS

N.C. Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University in Greensboro, NC is having a Fall Field Day on Oct 18th, from 9:00a.m. to 11:30a.m. There will be some “local foods production systems”  training at the Field Day with the following topics: 

1. Growing vegetables without soil – hydroponics
2. Starting a pasture pork farm – covering some things to know (or ask) before you start and the  basics of feeding, breeds/breed selection and internal parasite management along with some pasture housing ideas

Other topics covered at Field Day include:

1. Organic nutrient management (cover crops, organic fertilizer, etc.) in high tunnel tomato production
2. Cauliflower and (alternative colored) broccoli production

Just after the A&T Fall Field Day (which ends around 11:30), participants can travel to the Upper Piedmont Research Station in Reidsville, NC (around 45 minutes north of the A&T farm) for a free lunch followed by a Field Day at the Station’s A&T Small Ruminant Demonstration Site. This event is co-hosted by Rockingham County Extension.  Participants will be responsible for driving to the Field Day at the Reidsville site, though car pooling is recommended if possible. 

Topics at Reidsville (staring at 1:30 pm) will include:

1. Forage selection and alternative pasture renovation ideas
2. Alternative goat breeds (see some Kiko, Spanish, Boer and Savanna on site)

At around 3:30 pm, an optional fecal egg counting workshop useful for those with horse, cattle and goat/sheep interests and an optional parasite management/FAMACHA eye lid color scoring certification class (with a free card) for goat and sheep producers. Those coming to the fecal egg counting training can bring a couple of fresh (still wet/warm) manure samples from their own animals placed in a zippered bag (stored up to 3 days at fridge temps and transported to remain cool) so they can see how ‘wormy’ the animals are by doing a fecal egg count. 

For the Reidsville Small Ruminant Demonstration Site Field Day, please feel free to come for just the first part (up to 3:30 pm), just the second part (starting at 3:30 pm) or come to both as it fits your schedule. 

All is free, but please pre-register with albrooks@ncat.edu ASAP for a lunch head count if you are planning to attend.

For more information on the Fall Field Day, click here.

 

CFSA logoCarolina Farm Stewardship Assiciation (CFSA) Annual Conference - (Not a CEFS Event)
Date: October 26 - 28
Location: Greenville, SC
More information visit the CFSA website

 

Amazing Grazing LogoAmazing Grazing Workshop: Make the Most of Your Beef Production System- (Not a CEFS Event)
Date: Thursday, November 1
Time: 10:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Registration Fee: FREE
Location: NCSU Beef Eduction Unit, 3720 Lake Wheeler road, Raleigh, NC 27603
Organizer: Dr. Matt Poore, Amazing Grazing

Topics include: Relative value of feeds versus forages, Importance of pasture ecology, Effective use of temporary fencing, How to troubleshoot electric fencing to optimize available rainfall

To Register: Contact Teresa Hice at (919) 250-1061 or thice@wakegov.com

Download Flyer

 

ALBC logoAmerican Livestock Breeds Conservancy Annual Conference - (Not a CEFS Event)
Date: November 9 - 10

Location: Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513 (with some clinics taking place on local farms)
More information visit the ALBC website

 

NCA&T logoHigh Tunnel Production
Date: Tuesday, November 27
Time: 9:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.

Registration Fee: FREE
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, NC
Organizer: Kurt Taylor, NC A&T State University

Experts Kurt Taylor (NCA&T SU), Grace Summers (NCA&T SU) and Bryan Green (NCSU) will present information regarding organic nutrient management of tomatoes in the field of high tunnels for fall season production. Researchers are trying to evaluate the effectiveness of using cover crops and compost as well as soil sources of nutrients. Participants will learn about production practices (insect and disease management, irrigation, etc.) for growing tomatoes in high tunnels for fall and winter markets. In addition, workshop participants will learn the advantages, different types, planting dates and sorrel production in high tunnel production.

To register, please download and complete a registration form: (Word)

Extension Agents can register through LMS

"Organic Nutrient Management in High Tunnels" handout

High Tunnel Program

Link to Steve Moore's Webinar: High Tunnel Enhancements: Using Inner Covers to Increase Production

 

NC Choices LogoCarolina Meat Conference
Date: Monday & Tuesday, December 3 - December 4

Location: WinMock at Kinderton, 168 East Kinderton, Bermuda Run, North Carolina, 27006

Organizers: NC Choices

Special keynote address by Dr. Temple Grandin & and dinner with the Blind Pig of Asheville

Join a diverse group of professionals within the local and niche meat industry for two days of panel discussions, workshops, networking and demonstrations! Topics include cured meats in retail and food service, efficiency in small plants, regulatory issues, controlling input costs in pastured meat production, challenges of value-added processing, innovative marketing, and more! Back by popular demand- intensive hands-on workshops for consumers, farmers and chefs.

Registration will open in October. Watch this page for details. For more information about sponsorship, trade show opportunities, or other details, contact Meredith McKissick 828.582.5039 or Meredith@ncchoices.com

For the latest news and details on the Carolina Meat Institute please join
our email list-serve and connect with us on Facebook

For more information visit the NC Choices Carolina Meat Conference webpage

 

Tomato Grafting Workshop
Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 12:30p.m. - 4:30p.m.

Registration Fee: FREE
Location: Wake County Center, 4001-E Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610-2914, (Lost?: (919) 250-1100))
Organizers: CEFS, Meagan Iott (NCSU), Sushila Chaudhari (NCSU) & Emily Silverman (NCSU)


THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL AT THIS TIME. To be added to the wait list, please email Lisa Forehand at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu

The goal of this workshop is to learn about sustainable agricultural disease management utilizing vegetable grafting, gain experience by grafting at the workshop and apply these principles and practices to your vegetable production system. Information presented will include: disease identification, disease management, grafting utility, grafting techniques, grafting kit supplies, how to assemble a healing chamber, resources for more grafting information and current grafting research at NCSU.

Handouts:

Tomato Varieties (PDF)

Cucurbit Grafting (PDF)

Grafting Research at NCSU (PDF)

Integrated Pest Management in Vegetable Disease Management: Grafting as a Disease Management Tool (PDF - very large file ~21MB)

Tomato Grafting Techniques (PDF)

Tomato Grafting Team Contact Information (PDF)

Grafting Kit and Chamber Construction Supplies (PDF)

Additional Resources for Grafting Workshop (PDF)

 

Past Workshops

Date Workshop
2012  
2011 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series
2010

Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series

 

 

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