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Research Units

CEFS conducts research and outreach out of six distinct units at the Cherry Farm facility in Goldsboro, North Carolina: the Pasture-Based Beef Unit, the Pasture-Based Dairy Unit, the Alternative Swine Production Unit, the Organic Research Unit, the Farming Systems Research Unit and the Small Farm Unit. Each unit provides research opportunities for faculty as well as demonstration models for farmers, extension agents and students. To find more information about each unit, see the links below.

For directions to the main farm complex, click here. For directions to the O'Berry Center and the Small Farm Unit, click here.


Alternative Swine Production

Alternative Swine Production (picture of pigs in hoop house)


Farming Systems

Farming Systems Research -- Sorghum in BMP System


Organic Research

Organic Farming Research (picture of soybean)


Pasture-Based Beef

Pasture-based beef (picture of calf)


Pasture-Based Dairy

Pasture-based Dairy (picture of cows)


Small Farm

Small Farm Unit (picture of greenhouse)




Additional Research

In addition to research based at each unit, CEFS conducts research initatives that are housed over several units. These research topics include