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Shorlette Ammons
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

Consumer Education

Community and Youth Engagement

New Farmer Training

Institutional Capacity-Building for Food Systems Work

Policy Development

Discover Ag

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

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.