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Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend

June 5-7, 2015 in Durham and Hurdle Mills, NC

Benefiting beginner farmer programs at CEFS and the W.C. Breeze Family Farm, Farm to Fork celebrates our region’s rich bounty of local foods and honors the skillful farmers and chefs who artfully produce and prepare them.  This year’s Farm to Fork events will have a special focus on North Carolina’s seafood, a critical but often overlooked component of our state’s local food system.

Paul Greenberg, The New York Times best-selling author of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood, will be the weekend’s distinguished guest.  Four Fish won the James Beard Award in 2011 and was the basis for a Time Magazine cover story.
The weekend will kick off with a dinner at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Friday, June 5, featuring five acclaimed North Carolina chefs, including Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston and the Peabody Award-winning PBS series A Chef’s Life, Chris Coleman of The Asbury in Charlotte, Amy Tornquist from Watts Grocery and Hummingbird Bakery in Durham, Jay Pierce from ROCKSALT in Charlotte, and David Bauer from Farm & Sparrow in Asheville.  Greenberg will be the guest of honor at the dinner and speak briefly about the purpose and importance of addressing overfishing and sourcing from our local shores.
On June 6th, Greenberg will speak at The Rickhouse in Durham about the state of the fishing industry in the United States, how importing and exporting impacts consumers and economics, and the importance of protecting our waterways.  Following Greenberg’s talk, it will get real and local with a dynamic panel of North Carolina seafood industry experts who will discuss how supporting local seafood impacts our environment, our economy and our health.  After the panel, Greenberg will sign books and there will be a traditional, sustainable fish fry prepared by two chefs known for their commitment to local seafood - Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint and James Clark of The Carolina Inn.
The weekend’s festivities continue on Sunday, June 7, with the highly-anticipated Farm to Fork Picnic at Breeze Farm in Hurdle Mills, NC.  With more than two dozen restaurants and farms paired together and another two dozen food artisans featured, the Picnic offers an amazing and delicious array of local food. In addition, the picnic features half a dozen craft brewers, wine distributors and coffee roasters offering libations for the feast.  For a complete listing of chef/farmer pairings, please visit the Farm to Fork website.
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Farm to Fork fundraising efforts operate under the auspices of the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

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NC Growing Together Events

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Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life Workshops

May 21: Catawba County (1/2 day) June 2: Forsyth County (full day)


Carolina Meat Conference 2015    

Save the Date: 4th Annual NC Choices' Carolina Meat Conference

October 12-13 in Winston-Salem NC

NC Choices is excited to announce the 4th Annual Carolina Meat Conference, October 12-13, 2015 in downtown Winston-Salem.  NC Choices’ Carolina Meat Conference is a nationally-recognized event, specifically focused on bringing together every part of the meat supply chain, from farmers all the way through to the final consumers. The two-day event includes a pre-conference farm tour followed by two days of hands-on workshops, butchery demos, and a cutting edge class line-up combine for unmatched learning and networking opportunities pertaining to success in the specialty meat industry. Over 30 expert instructors will be featured this year on multiple tracks and a fantastic trade show will take place over the entire two days.

KEYNOTE: NC Choices is honored to present the internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, Allan Savory, founder of holistic management and the Savory Institute.   Savory is perhaps best known for his message, “only livestock can save us,” addressing holistic management as a solution to improving pasture land and reversing climate change.

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Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop Series

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10% Campaign Events

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