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2015 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture
Educational Programs

Registration is required for all events unless otherwise noted. A limited number of scholarships are available. There are no refunds on workshops.

Travel reimbursement for Extension Agents is available through the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program–Professional Development Program (SARE-PDP). Download
a scholarship application here (WORD or PDF). Contact Carol Moore for more information.

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Are there specific workshops that you would like to see CEFS offer?
If so, please email or call (919-513-0954) Lisa Forehand.

 

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CEFS would like to thank our Guardian Level sponsor, North Carolina Farm Bureau for their ongoing support of CEFS' sustainable agricultural programming.

 

Upcoming Workshops

Welcome to the 2015 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series. Check this page frequently as new workshop information is added on an ongoing basis.

 

In order to confirm your seat at a workshop, your EMAIL CONFIRMATION OR TICKET and FEE (if applicable) must be received prior to registration deadline for all events.

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2015 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series

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Past Events in 2015

 

February 11 & 12 - Pasture Pork Conference

March 4 - Two-Part Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshop

March 6 - Small Fruits Workshop

March 11 & 12 - Small Ruminant Integrated Gastrointestinal Parasite Control and FAMACHA

March 11 & 12 - Pasture Evaluation and Utilization for Meat Goats in NC

March 11 - Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshops

March 18 - Two-Part Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshop

March 20 - Vegetable Grafting Workshop

March 23 - 25 - NCA&T Small Farms Week

March 24 - Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshops

April 2 - Organic Strawberry Field & High Tunnel Demonstration

April 14 - Introduction to Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life (half-day workshop)

May 21 - Introduction to Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life (half-day workshop)

June 2 - Amazing Grazing Presents: Pasture Management for Women Cattle Producers

June 2 - NC Choices Presents: Meat for Market Workshop (for Women in the Meat Industry)

June 2 - Advanced Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life (full-day workshop)

June 25 - Silvopasture Training Workshop

July 7 - Organic Farm Tour - Reedy Fork Organic Farm: An Organic Valley Dairy

July 14 - Tomato Grafting Field Day & Taste Test

August 25 - Amazing Grazing Pasture-based Livestock Workshop - Burgaw, NC

September 15 - Amazing Grazing Pasture-based Livestock Workshop - Mt. Airy, NC

September 22 - Amazing Grazing Pasture-based Livestock Workshop - Brasstown, NC

Small-to-Large Scale Composting, Vermicomposting, and Tea Brewing: How to Do It and Use the Products

Four Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshops
October 13 & October 20 - Burnsville, NC
October 28 & November 5 - Lumberton, NC
November 12 & November 19 - Louisburg, NC
December 16 & December 17 - Mills River, NC

 

 

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NCA&T logo Pasture Pork Conference

Date: Wednesday, February 11 & Thursday, February 12
Time: February 11 (1:00pm - 4:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm) & February 12 (8:00am - 6:00pm)
Registration: See agenda and register online HERE or contact Tiffany Slade for more information at sladet@ncat.edu or 336-285-4653
Location: Multiple sites, Greensboro, NC

The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will be hosting a Pasture Pork Conference in Greensboro, NC.

FEBRUARY 11, 2015: Pre-conference farm tour from 1-4 pm (meet at 7009 Bass Mountain Road, Snow Camp, NC) and evening presentation “Introduction to Outdoor Swine Production” from 6-8 pm in Coltrane Hall’s Godfrey Room, NC A&T Campus (corner of Market and Dudley Streets, beside the YMCA), Greensboro, NC.

FEBRUARY 12, 2015: 8 am-6 pm, Guilford Convention Center, 3114 Cedar Park Rd, Greensboro
Presenters include (among others):
Dr. John McGlone, Texas Tech University
Dr. David Stender, Iowa State University
Dr. Eric van Heugten, Silvana Pietrosemoli, Dr. Jim Green (NRCS) - North Carolina State University
Dr. Noah Ranells, Dr. Michelle Eley - North Carolina A&T State University
Tim Holmes/Emily Lancaster, Animal Welfare Approved
James Hill, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
NCDAC&S representative – Feral Swine Program

To see the agenda & register online go to: http://goo.gl/forms/gL4n1gNWSG. Please register by February 6, 2015.

Hotels next door to Convention Center: Holiday Inn Express, 3111 Cedar Park Road; 336-697-0101 ($65.90/night); Days Inn (will be under renovation); 336-697-4000; $52.95/night). Some travel cost reimbursement may be available to those over 45 miles from the event; please inquire if needed. For more information, please contact Tiffany Slade, 336-285-4653, sladet@ncat.edu or Dr. Niki Whitley at ncwhitle@ncat.edu.

Download Registration form HERE (or register online HERE)

Interested in helping advertise? Download a Conference Poster HERE

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Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshops

Date: February 25
Location: Brunswick County Center, 25 Referendum Dr, Bolivia, NC 28422

CANCELLED

Date: February 27
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Nash County Center 1006 Eastern Avenue, Room 102, Nashville, NC 27856
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: February 20
Registration Information: Call 252-459-9810 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.

Date: March 11
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Polk County Center 60 Gibson Street, Columbus, NC 28722
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: March 6
Registration Information: Call 828-894-8218 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.

Date: March 24
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Wayne County Center 208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro, NC 27533
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: March 19
Registration Information: Call 919-731-1521 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.


North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems/North Carolina Growing Together Project (CEFS/NCGT) and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements.

Navigating the USDA GAP Audit combines classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. Available resources, including cost-share assistance and consulting services, will be provided to growers to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance to fulfill training requirements for USDA GAP/GHP certification.

Portions of the workshop will take place outside. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a water bottle, and appropriate weather gear. The workshop will take place rain or shine.

Register online at CFSA’s website, or download a registration form.

QUESTIONS? Contact Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458-6980 or email attrish@carolinafarmstewards.org.

 

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Small Fruits Workshop

Date: March 6, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm (Includes lunch)
Location: CEFS (Main Service Building), Farm Road, Goldsboro, NC 27530​
Registration fee = $20
(Register online at: CEFS SMALL FRUITS WORKSHOP)

***THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL, ALTHOUGH SEVERAL SPOTS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME AVAILABLE. TO HAVE YOUR NAME ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST, CLICK HERE. THANK YOU! ***

By popular demand, we are combining THREE of our most popular workshops into a full day "Small Fruits Workshop". 

Amanda McWhirt, a graduate student under the direction of Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno in the NCSU Crop Science Department will give a brief overview of sustainable soil strategies for strawberry production,​ as well as cover some of the initial results in research projects. Workshop participants will board a bus and head out to some strawberry plots to observe one of the strawberry research plots.

Dr. Bill Cline, with the NCSU Department of Horticultural Science, will offer a short classroom presentation on production techniques, management and several blueberry variety recommendations then participants will travel to CEFS Small Farm Unit (SFU) for the pruning demonstration portion of the workshop.

After lunch, Dr. Gina Fernandez, with the NCSU Department of Horticultural Science will give a short presentation on blackberry production and management, followed by a pruning and trellis demonstration at the SFU.

Directions will be provided at the beginning of the workshop.

Participants are encouraged to bring hand pruners and/ or loppers and dress appropriately for outdoor demonstration.​

**** This workshop is STRICTLY limited to the first 35 paid registrants and is expected to fill up fast! ****

CLICK HERE to download proposed agenda (subject to change without warning).

Please register online at: CEFS SMALL FRUITS WORKSHOP

Please print a copy of your registration form and mail it in with the $20 registration fee (made out to NC State University) to:
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Attn. Lisa Forehand
Box 7609-NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695

 

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NC Cooperativ eExtension Logo Small Ruminant Integrated Gastrointestinal Parasite Control and FAMACHA

Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Graham County Extension Center, 39 South Main St, Smith Howell Bldg, Robbinsville, NC, 28771
Registration: Please call Randy Collins at 828-479-7979 or email randy_collins@ncsu.edu to register for this event.

Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Caldwell County Extension Center, 120 Hospital Avenue NE, Lenoir, NC 28645
Registration: Please call Seth Nagy at 828-757-1290 or email seth_nagy@ncsu.edu to register for this event.

This workshop will expose the audience to an integrated approach to gastrointestinal parasite control for small ruminants, the biology of the barber pole worm (H.
contortus
), the FAMACHA concept and hands-on use of the FAMACHA card, the concept of smart drenching, understanding parasite drug resistance versus animal resistance, susceptibility or resilience to gastrointestinal parasites, management tips to reduce gastrointestinal parasite loads in animals and on pastures, and nonchemical approaches to treating small ruminants with anthelmintics such as alternative forages. Hands-on FAMACHA certification will take place at a local farm.

Participants interested in FAMACHA certification and in purchasing the FAMACHA card will have to pay $12.00.

Sponsored and Hosted by the Caldwell County Cooperative Extension Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, NCSU Extension Meat Goat Specialist

Download Flyer for March 11 Training HERE.

Download Flyer for March 12 Training HERE.

 

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Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshops

Date: February 25
Location: Brunswick County Center, 25 Referendum Dr, Bolivia, NC 28422

CANCELLED

Date: February 27
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Nash County Center 1006 Eastern Avenue, Room 102, Nashville, NC 27856
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: February 20
Registration Information: Call 252-459-9810 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.

Date: March 11
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Polk County Center 60 Gibson Street, Columbus, NC 28722
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: March 6
Registration Information: Call 828-894-8218 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.

Date: March 24
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Wayne County Center 208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro, NC 27533
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: March 19
Registration Information: Call 919-731-1521 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.


North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems/North Carolina Growing Together Project (CEFS/NCGT) and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements.

Navigating the USDA GAP Audit combines classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. Available resources, including cost-share assistance and consulting services, will be provided to growers to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance to fulfill training requirements for USDA GAP/GHP certification.

Portions of the workshop will take place outside. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a water bottle, and appropriate weather gear. The workshop will take place rain or shine.

Register online at CFSA’s website, or download a registration form.

QUESTIONS? Contact Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458-6980 or email attrish@carolinafarmstewards.org.

 

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Two-Part Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop

Date: March 4 & March 18
Time 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Lincoln County Office of NC Cooperative Extension, 115 West Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092
Registration Fee: $20 and includes lunch both days.
Registration Information: Space is limited and available on a first come basis. To register call 704-736-8461 or email Leigh_Guth@ncsu.edu
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

This two-part Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series involves:

• The first workshop, Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit, will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Farm: Davis and Son Orchard Owners: Gary, Betty and Alan Davis Location: 922 N. Hwy 18, Lawndale NC

• The second workshop, Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development, conducted on participant’s own computers, will provide direct assistance to producers in completing a fresh produce safety plan. Attendees will leave this session with a well-developed working draft of their specific food safety plan, which becomes the framework for an audit, and can be used to demonstrate individual farm risk-reduction steps. Completion of the first workshop is a prerequisite and basic computer knowledge is recommended in order to receive the maximum benefit from this session. Participants are requested to bring their own computers or indicate this need to the instructors upon registration. Extra computers are available on a limited first come basis.

Growers who participate will:

· Receive a certificate of attendance of GAPS training (needed for a GAP certification).

· Be eligible to receive up to $600 in GAP Certification Cost Share

·Be eligible for one-on-one mock audits

· Receive workbooks on resources for a food safety program: “Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series” with 3 parts in the series: Principles of Fresh Produce Safety, Navigating the USDA GAP Audit, Food Safety Program and Plan Development ⋅ “Good Agricultural Practices for Small Diversified Farms Manual: Tips and Strategies to Reduce Risk and Pass an Audit”

· Receive electronic GAP food safety plan template and personalized classroom guidance.

 

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Vegetable Grafting Workshop

Date: Friday, March 20
Time: 10:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: CEFS (Main Service Building), Farm Road, Goldsboro, NC 27530
Registration Fee: $25 (Includes lunch) (Register online at: http://go.ncsu.edu/tgw)

The goal of this workshop is to learn about vegetable production through the utilization of grafting for disease management and enhanced plant vigor and yield. Participants will learn why grafting is an important tool in vegetable production, become familiar with some commercially available rootstocks and learn about some important research projects underway. In addition, participants will learn the art and the science of tomato grafting through hands-on experience. Each person will receive tomato plants which they will use to practice proper techniques as well as learn the importance of and how to build and manage a ‘healing chamber’, where plants are kept while the grafts heal.

A tremendous amount of grafting research has been done using tomatoes, however, additional crops, such as cucumber, melon and watermelon are also being grafted. Participants will receive an introduction into the fascinating world of cucurbit grafting, as well.

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A follow-up to this workshop will be held in the early summer (most likely July). The Vegetable Grafting Field Day will be held at the Small Farm Unit and participants will see different rootstock/ scion combinations, learn how to do disease ratings and have a tomato taste test! :

REGISTRATION: Please complete your registration online, print a 'ticket' and mail that in with your $25 workshop registration fee BEFORE MARCH 18 to secure your spot! (http://go.ncsu.edu/tgw)


Resources for the Vegetable Grafting Workshop:

PowerPoint Presentation - 1 slide per page (22MB)

PowerPoint Presentation - 3 slides per Page (6MB)

Additional Resources for Grafting Tomatoes & Fact Sheets for Diseases

Additional Resources for Grafting Workshop

Grafting Kit and Chamber Construction Supplies

Grafting for Disease Resistance in Heirloom Tomatoes (Rivard & Louws)

Southeastern US Vegetable Crop Handbook (2015) (6MB)

USDA-SCRI Rootstock Tables (2014)

 

 

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Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshops

Date: February 25
Location: Brunswick County Center, 25 Referendum Dr, Bolivia, NC 28422

CANCELLED

Date: February 27
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Nash County Center 1006 Eastern Avenue, Room 102, Nashville, NC 27856
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: February 20
Registration Information: Call 252-459-9810 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.

Date: March 11
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Polk County Center 60 Gibson Street, Columbus, NC 28722
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: March 6
Registration Information: Call 828-894-8218 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.

Date: March 24
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Wayne County Center 208 W. Chestnut Street, Goldsboro, NC 27533
Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: March 19
Registration Information: Call 919-731-1521 with questions. Download Registration Form HERE.


North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are partnering with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems/North Carolina Growing Together Project (CEFS/NCGT) and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) to deliver workshops across the state with the aim of providing farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements.

Navigating the USDA GAP Audit combines classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns, as well as strategies to minimize potential contamination. Available resources, including cost-share assistance and consulting services, will be provided to growers to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance to fulfill training requirements for USDA GAP/GHP certification.

Portions of the workshop will take place outside. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a water bottle, and appropriate weather gear. The workshop will take place rain or shine.

Register online at CFSA’s website, or download a registration form.

QUESTIONS? Contact Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458-6980 or email attrish@carolinafarmstewards.org.

 

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North Carolina A&T State University - Small Farms Week

Dates: March 23 - 25
Times, Location & Events: Please visit the registration page for more information and to register!

Father-son farming families, advice from agricultural experts and recognition of landmark Congressional legislation will inform this year's celebration of small farming in North Carolina, sponsored annually by The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

The 29th annual observance of Small Farms Week is March 22-28, and features workshops, tours, demonstrations and the announcement of the 2015 Small Farmer of the Year. This year also marks the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act, which created 1890 land-grant institutions such as N.C. A&T State University, as well as 18 other historically black colleges and universities.

 "Planting a Legacy, Growing a Future," the theme of 2015 Small Farms Week, is emphasized in discussions about generational farming and community engagement in agricultural enterprise, among other activities. Tours of dynamic small farms and opportunities to question experts from agricultural agencies and organizations are also program highlights of this year’s schedule.

Small Farms Week recognizes the producers of small-scale agriculture in North Carolina who generate $250,000 or less, annually, in gross sales. The celebration begins March 23 with festivities in Yancey County -  home of the 2014 Small Farmer of the Year, Ryan Wiebe of Wiebe Farmin’ – and culminates with Small Farmers’ Appreciation Day, March 25 at A&T.

Click here for more information about events, or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/75Z759Q ; or call 336.334.7956.

Related: Small Farms Week 2015 Scholarship Application Form

 

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Organic Strawberry Field & High Tunnel Demonstration

Date: Thursday, April 2
Time 3:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: CEFS - Small Farm Unit, Old Smithfield Road, Goldsboro, NC 27530 (Behind the O'Berry Center)
Registration: FREE - but please register online here: http://go.ncsu.edu/strawberry_demo

An organic and sustainable production practices strawberry field day will take place at CEFS on Thursday, April 2, 2015. This field day features two National Sustainable Strawberry Initiative projects funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation. Students and Faculty from North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University will provide with an overview of field strawberries focusing on sustainable soil management strategies, and with organic high tunnel strawberry production tactics covering cultivar selection, high tunnel micro-climate and its management, soil fertility management, irrigation strategy, and pests management including spider mites. Participants will also be provided with a summary of research results from both projects. Field day will begin at 3pm on the Small Farm Unit with a tour of the organic strawberry production high-tunnels and then at 4:30 participants will ride a bus to the sustainable soil management practices for strawberries field research site at CEFS.

Organic High Tunnel

Dr. Sanjun Gu, will give an introduction of the research project and cover the organic high tunnel strawberry production tactics, including cultivar selection of day-neutral and June-bearing strawberries, soil fertility management, irrigation strategy, spider mites and other pests management, and strawberry marketing. Research results will be shared with the participants. (Approximately 1 hour).

Sustainable Soil Management Practices For the Field

Amanda McWhirt, a graduate student under the direction of Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno in the NCSU Crop Science Department will give a brief overview of field strawberry production, and then discuss sustainable soil management strategies for strawberry production. She will cover the use and implementation of these practices and some  initial results from research projects.  (Approximately 1 hour, not including travel time to field).

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Introduction to Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life

Duplin Co. - Kenansville, NC

Date: Tuesday, April 14 (Registration Deadline: Friday, April 10)
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration Fee: $10/ person
How to Register: Register Online HERE or Download a Registration Form HERE
Location: Duplin County Extension Center, 165 Agriculture Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349 
Additional Information: Tom Hroza and James Hartsfield, Duplin County Cooperative Extension Service, 919-513-0954
   

Catawba Co., Newton, NC

Date: Thursday, May 21 (Registration Deadline: Monday, May 18)
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration Fee: $10/ person
How to Register: Register Online HERE or Download a Registration Form HERE
Location: Catawba County Extension Center, 1175 South Brady Avenue, Newton, NC 28658  
Additional Information: Kellyn Montgomery, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service, (828) 465-8240 

   

The economic success of fruit and vegetable production is highly dependent on post-harvest quality preservation. When marketing fresh fruits and vegetables, understanding the processes affecting product quality during storage and transportation is essential in obtaining a premium price for the product.

To assist growers in developing skills that will provide a competitive advantage within the fresh produce market, North Carolina Growing Together (NCGT) will offer a series of post-harvest physiology, pathology and handling workshops, in collaboration with NC State University Cooperative Extension. Participants will learn approaches and technologies to maintain product quality and extend shelf-life, limiting post-harvest disorders and loss of sales.

Workshops will be led by Trish Tripp, NCGT Wholesaler Liaison and Dr. George Wilson, NC State Department of Horticulture Science, with assistance from Cooperative Extension staff.

This half day workshop is intended for growers who are interested in learning more about handling fresh fruits and vegetables once they have been harvested. It is geared toward producers who sell into wholesale markets, farmers markets, roadside stands and CSAs. Growers will learn practical ways to meet industry quality standards as they relate to harvest techniques, packing, grading, pack size, packaging, and shelf-life. Participants will be provided with tools that will contribute to their wholesale and retail success.

Support for this program provided by NC Growing Together, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, grant #2013-68004-20363. http://www.ncgrowingtogether.org

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Introduction to Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life

Duplin Co. - Kenansville, NC

Date: Tuesday, April 14 (Registration Deadline: Friday, April 10)
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration Fee: $10/ person
How to Register: Register Online HERE or Download a Registration Form HERE
Location: Duplin County Extension Center, 165 Agriculture Drive, Kenansville, NC 28349 
Additional Information: Tom Hroza and James Hartsfield, Duplin County Cooperative Extension Service, 919-513-0954
   

Catawba Co., Newton, NC

Date: Thursday, May 21 (Registration Deadline: Monday, May 18)
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration Fee: $10/ person
How to Register: Register Online HERE or Download a Registration Form HERE
Location: Catawba County Extension Center, 1175 South Brady Avenue, Newton, NC 28658  
Additional Information: Kellyn Montgomery, Catawba County Cooperative Extension Service, (828) 465-8240 

   

The economic success of fruit and vegetable production is highly dependent on post-harvest quality preservation. When marketing fresh fruits and vegetables, understanding the processes affecting product quality during storage and transportation is essential in obtaining a premium price for the product.

To assist growers in developing skills that will provide a competitive advantage within the fresh produce market, North Carolina Growing Together (NCGT) will offer a series of post-harvest physiology, pathology and handling workshops, in collaboration with NC State University Cooperative Extension. Participants will learn approaches and technologies to maintain product quality and extend shelf-life, limiting post-harvest disorders and loss of sales.

Workshops will be led by Trish Tripp, NCGT Wholesaler Liaison and Dr. George Wilson, NC State Department of Horticulture Science, with assistance from Cooperative Extension staff.

This half day workshop is intended for growers who are interested in learning more about handling fresh fruits and vegetables once they have been harvested. It is geared toward producers who sell into wholesale markets, farmers markets, roadside stands and CSAs. Growers will learn practical ways to meet industry quality standards as they relate to harvest techniques, packing, grading, pack size, packaging, and shelf-life. Participants will be provided with tools that will contribute to their wholesale and retail success.

Support for this program provided by NC Growing Together, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, grant #2013-68004-20363. http://www.ncgrowingtogether.org

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Amazing Grazing: Pasture Management for Women Cattle Producers

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: NCSU Beef Education Unit at Lake Wheeler Field Laboratories
Registration Fee: FREE
Registration Requirements
: APPLICATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS. Download (Word) or (PDF) here.
Other: Applications are due NO LATER THAN May 10 and return via email or mail to the address on the application. Decisions will be made by May 13 and the $25 registration fee is due NO LATER than May 18.

This half-day workshop will focus on pasture management with an emphasis on cattle nutrition.  Topics to be covered in the workshop will include: Cattle nutrition, grazing management and pasture management.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact April Shaeffer at April_Shaeffer@ncsu.edu  or (919-515-4005).  Space is limited to 20 participants.  Please fill out the following application by May 10, 2015 and return via email or mail and final decisions and notification will be made by Wednesday, May 13.

 

*** NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND BOTH WORKSHOPS YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SEND IN BOTH APPLICATIONS! ***

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The Southern Risk Management Education Center funded project, “Integrated Risk Management for Women Producers, Processors, and Retailers in the Local Meat Product Value Chain,” combines small classroom intensives from production to processing for women under the guidance of NCSU and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems' NC Choices and Amazing Grazing.

 

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NC Choices: Meat for Market Workshop (for Women in the Meat Industry)

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm (Lunch served at noon)
Location:  NCSU Beef Education Unit at Lake Wheeler Field Laboratories
Registration Fee: $25 – (includes lunch and materials)
Registration Requirements: APPLICATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS. Download (Word) or (PDF) here.
Other: Applications are due NO LATER THAN May 10 and return via email or mail to the address on the application. Decisions will be made by May 13 and the $25 registration fee is due NO LATER than May 18.


Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and butcher Karen Fowler will team up for this exciting workshop focusing on beef production and butchery. 

This half-day workshop will focus on Meat for Market, with emphasis placed on marketing pasture-raised beef – from the primals to skillet – for an all-female audience! Topics to be covered in the workshop will include: an overview of the “state of meat” in NC, marketing strategies and how they impact your bottom line, carcass breakdown paired with different cooking techniques for different cuts. The workshop will conclude with some information on pricing your products, risk management as well as a Question & Answer session.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Forehand at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu or (919-513-0954).

 

*** NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND BOTH WORKSHOPS YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SEND IN BOTH APPLICATIONS! ***

 

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The Southern Risk Management Education Center funded project, “Integrated Risk Management for Women Producers, Processors, and Retailers in the Local Meat Product Value Chain,” combines small classroom intensives from production to processing for women under the guidance of NCSU and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems' NC Choices and Amazing Grazing.

 

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Advanced Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life

Date: Tuesday, June 2 (Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 28)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Fee: $35/ person
How to Register: Register Online HERE or Download a Registration Form HERE
Location: Forsyth County Center 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105   
Additional Information: Mary Jac Brennan, Forsyth County Cooperative Extension, (336) 703-2850 

The economic success of fruit and vegetable production is highly dependent on post-harvest quality preservation. When marketing fresh fruits and vegetables, understanding the processes affecting product quality during storage and transportation is essential in obtaining a premium price for the product.

To assist growers in developing skills that will provide a competitive advantage within the fresh produce market, NCGT will offer a series of Postharvest Handling Workshops, in collaboration with NC State University Cooperative Extension. Participants will learn approaches and technologies to maintain product quality and extend shelf-life, limiting postharvest disorders and loss of sales.

Workshops will be led by Trish Tripp, NCGT Wholesaler Liaison, and Dr. George Wilson, Professor, Postharvest Physiology, NC State University, Department of Horticultural Science, with assistance from Cooperative Extension staff.

Geared toward producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as Extension Agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion, this full-day, hands-on workshop will offer a variety of tools to assist growers in meeting US Grade #1 Standards. The introduction course is recommended for growers entering wholesale markets for the first time. A thumb drive will be provided to agents containing training materials and resources for future use.

Support for this program provided by NC Growing Together, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, grant #2013-68004-20363. http://www.ncgrowingtogether.org

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A&T logo & Silvopasture Training Workshop

Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)
Registration: $15 (Includes all materials and lunch) - THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY!

Wait List: If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this workshop, please complete the form here.

Recent research has shown that many cool- and warm-season grasses and legumes yield high levels of quality forage when grown under as much as 50% shade. This knowledge is being used to design integrated timber/grazing practices in conifer stands that allow high-value saw logs to be grown as a long-term product, while on the same acreage, an annual income can be generated from grazing livestock. Come to the Cherry Research Farm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC (Wayne County) and see how this knowledge is put into practice. Questions like these have sent to us:

We will have representatives from the public and private institutions present to answer these questions and many others you might have. A field tour will be conducted to see how trees and forages can be established to meet the landowner’s needs.

Download an Agenda (PDF) Here.

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Organic Farm Tour - Reedy Fork Organic Farm: An Organic Valley Dairy

Date: Tuesday, July 7
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Registration Fee: $10 - Includes Lunch

Other Instructions: In order to secure your seat in this workshop, you must register online, print out your confirmation and mail that in with a check for $15 made out to NC State University with the "memo line" left blank.

Reedy Fork Organic Farm is a certified organic dairy and feed farm located on 500 acres of beautiful farmland. Originally a tobacco farm, it became a dairy in the 1950’s and transitioned to a certified organic dairy farm in 2007.  George Teague, his son, and nephew run the farm now, and are a proud family farm member of the Organic Valley Cooperative.  They also operate an organic feed mill, grow organic grain and forage crops, and produce organic beef and eggs. 
Join us for an insider tour of this impressive farm, focusing on organic production practices for large scale grain and forage operations.  We will tour the dairy, feed mill, and field crops, as well as an optional stream restoration and conservation project. 

Schedule
9:00am - Arrive and Sign In – 9:00 a.m.
9:30am-12:pm - Farm tour
- Mill and Dairy Tour
- Crop Production: Corn (and variety trial), sunflowers, forage
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
- Hear from the organic industry insiders and local organic farm organizations, visit tour sponsors
1:00pm - Optional tour of stream restoration project

For a Printable Agenda, Click HERE.

 

This tour is sponsored by Organic Valley Cooperative.

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Tomato Grafting Field Day & Taste Test

Date: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: CEFS Small Farm Unit, Goldsboro, NC (click here for directions)
Registration Fee: FREE - but you must register (http://go.ncsu.edu/tomato_demo)

Join our diverse team of experts as they give a brief introduction to the world of vegetable grafting. Topics covered include: the basic how and why we graft, discuss the difference between field planted grafted and non-grafted tomato plants as well as go over the attributes of each rootstock used.  There will be time to discuss any diseases present in the plants and you will hear from the CEFS Small Farm Unit Apprentices on their observations including any yield differences, plant habit, issues encountered while pruning, pests and more. Time will also be devoted to cover seed saving in the two open-pollinated rootstock varieties used for this study.

Stay around until the end and join us for a tomato taste test as we compare the grafted versus non-grafted varieties.

Please register for the workshop HERE.

 

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Small-to-Large Scale Composting, Vermicomposting, and Tea Brewing:
How to Do It and Use the Products

Presenter: Rhonda Sherman - NCSU, Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Date: Thursday, October 29
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Registration: This workshop is at capacity. To be added to the wait list, please visit:
Registration Fee: $10 - payable by check made out to NC State University, memo line blank
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 27
Location:
J. Edward Booth Field Learning Lab, 4000 Chi Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Have you ever...
- tried composting but never had a hot pile?
- set up a worm bin and your worms died?
- wondered how to do composting or vermicomposting on a larger scale, and maybe make some money from it?
- wanted to make and use compost tea?
- seen pictures of various types of worm bins and compost bins but haven't seen them in person? 

During this 4-hour workshop, you will learn about small -to-large scale composting and vermicomposting, the value of their products and how to use them, and how to make and use compost tea. You will also tour NC State's Compost Training Facility and see more than two dozen types of composting units and worm bins, plus a compost tea brewer. You can also examine a 40 square foot continuous-flow vermi-reactor and observe more than 12,000 earthworms consume dairy manure.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Forehand at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0954

* In order to confirm your seat, please pay Registration Fee within 10 days of completing the registration form. *

 

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Four Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshops

Location: Yancey County Cooperative Extension Office, 30E Hwy 19E Bypass, Burnsville, NC 28714
Dates: Day 1 – October 13, Day 2 – October 20
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Deadline: October 6
Registration Fee: $3 0
Registration Information: Space is limited (10-12 participants) and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to register, contact Tres Magner at 
828-682-6218 or tres_magner@ncsu.edu by October 6, 2015.

Location: O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton, NC 28360
Dates: Day 1 – October 28, Day 2 – November 5
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Deadline: October 21
Registration Fee: $25
Registration Information: Space is limited (10-12 participants) and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to register, contact Mack Johnson, Extension Horticultural Agent, at 
910-671-3276 or by E-mail at mack_johnson@ncsu.edu by October 21.

Location: Franklin County Cooperative Extension Center 103 S Bickett Blvd Louisburg, NC 27549
Dates: Day 1 – November 12, Day 2 – November 19
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Deadline: November 5
Registration Fee: $40
Registration Information: Space is limited (10-12 participants) and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information or to register, Martha Mobley, Agricultural Agent, by November 5th at 
(919) 496-3344 or by E-mail at martha_mobley@ncsu.edu.

Location: Mountain Horticultural Crops & Research Center 455 Research Drive Mills River, NC 28759
Dates: Day 1 – December 16, Day 2 - December 17
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Additional Registration Information: TBA

Working in partnership, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, NC Cooperative County Centers, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems – NC Growing Together Project (CEFS/NCGT) will be offering a two-part workshop aimed at providing farmers with the tools to identify hazards on your farm; to prepare a food safety hazard assessment; and to create and implement a custom food safety plan that integrates your farm’s practices while meeting market requirements for GAP certification. From this workshop, participants will be able to proactively build-in contamination prevention strategies and reduce these potential market losses for their own farming practices.   This training assumes participants have some basic knowledge of on-farm food safety.

If you have any questions, please contact:
NC Cooperative Extension: Diane Ducharme (Diane_Ducharme@ncsu.edu), 704-250-5402
CFSA: James Cooper (James@carolinafarmstewards.org).

To learn more about these workshops, view agenda or register, please visit the NC Growing Together Website.

 

 

Past Workshops

Date Workshop
2014 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series
2013 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series
2012 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series
2011 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series
2010 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series

 

 

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