Community Food Systems Outreach Coordinator
North Carolina A&T State University
Small Farm Unit
201 Stevens Mill Road
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Other CBFS Efforts
Rebuilding Food System Infrastructure and Supply Chains for Local Foods
Community and Youth Engagement
- Wayne Food Initiative
- Students Working for an Agricultural Revolutionary Movement (SWARM) and Produce Ped'lers
- Discover Ag
- Food Youth Initiative
- 4-H Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum
New Farmer Training
- Bringing New Farmers to the Table
- Breeze Farm
Institutional Capacity-Building for Food Systems Work
Housed at the CEFS Small Farm Unit, Discover Ag is a free program that uses scientific concepts to teach elementary-age students about sustainable agriculture. This program is a part of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina State University.
Who are we?
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is a partnership between NC A&T State University, NC State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Small Farm Unit (SFU) is one of six research units housed at the CEFS research farm, which spans more than 2000 acres.
What is sustainable agriculture?
"Sustainable agriculture" refers to agricultural systems and practices that meet today's needs and can be sustained to meet tomorrow's needs in a way that is good for the environment, the economy and people.
Through the Discover Ag program at the Small Farm Unit, students will have the opportunity to
- engage in hands-on science-and math-related activities,
- learn more about where their food comes from,
- learn various aspects of sustainable agriculture, and
- learn about our food system and ways to increase access to healthy and nutritious foods.
Sample Station Topics and Descriptions
Food Web and Interdependence
Science curriculum correlations: 1.02, 2.05, 2.06
Students will discover the interconnectivity of organisms that create an ecosystem and how composting contributes to the continuation of that cycle.
From the Ground Up
Science curriculum correlations: 2.01, 2.02, 2.03, 2.04
Students will explore the importance of soil and how soil supports the growth of plants. Students will learn about the different types of soils and their composition. Students will also participate in an activity that will simulate different soil sizes and properties.