North Carolina SARE
             Sustainable Agriculture

                    Events Calendar 2014

This calendar lists Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture (SOSA) events, and other events and happenings throughout the state and nation. 

North Carolina Regional Events follow state and national events.


Registration is required for all CEFS events unless otherwise noted. For further information concerning CEFS events, contact or call 919-513-0954.

Sustainable agriculture events listed here and other events may be eligible for travel scholarships. Contact Carol Moore for details.



                                 April 2014


Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 3:30 pm

Ricardo Salvador, PhD, Union of Concerned Scientists, Director, Food and Environment Program

Sponsored by: The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University

Where: NC State University Campus, Thompson Hall, Titmus Theater, 2241 Dunn Ave Raleigh, NC 27607

   Directions to Preregister


Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1 and 2, All Day

Sustainable Vegetables
This course will study Farm Business Planning, Crop Planning and Production, Financial Record Keeping and Analysis, Marketing and Soil Health and Fertility using organic methods. Students will take a holistic view of business development and farm profitability. Instructor: Mimi Arnstein, Wellspring Farm, VT

Audience: National

Location: Vermont Tech-Randolph Center Campus, Randolph Center, VT


Contact: Molly Willard, phone: 802-535-5315


Tuesdays, April 1, 8 and 25, 7-9 pm
Get Growing!

Three-part series on all aspects of Growing: planning, planting, production, and pests. . Taught by Ruth Gonzalez – Gardener, local food blogger, and author of Organic Growers School’s Ask Ruth Gardening Column.
Audience: Regional
Location: Jubilee!, 46 Wall Street, Asheville, NC
Cost: $15 per class for $40 for the series.
Contact: Lee Warren,, phone: 828 772 5846


Monday, April 14-Wednesday, April 16

Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit

Nourishing Our Cities’ Future

Location: Lynchburg, Virginia



Tuesday-Friday, April 15-18
7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up

The program will explore topics such as local procurement strategies, funding, food justice, farm to preschool, food hubs, evaluation, gardens and policy.
Location: Austin, Texas
Registration: Early-bird rate until March 4


Thursday, April 17, 12:30-2 pm
Webinar: Community Food Councils: Challenges and Opportunities
This webinar brings together several experts on food councils to discuss success factors as well as pitfalls to avoid in creating and maintaining a community food council. Opportunities for continued networking and learning will also be discussed.
Website and to register:                                                          
Cost: Free if viewed at designated site. To find your site:


April 24-26, All Day

4th Annual Women in Ag Association Conference

Audience: National

Location: Concourse Renaissance Hotel, Atlanta, GA



Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2014
31st Social Research conference at The New School:

Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren't We?
For more information and to register, please visit





Monday, June 23, 2014, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Rare Plants of North Carolina Workshop

Through the workshop, participants will develop a deeper awareness of the importance of the flora of North Carolina and the Southeast, the causes and consequences of species rarity, and the impact of humans (both positive and negative. Participants will have the opportunity to study rare species first hand using the herbarium collections of North Carolina State University.
Audience: Environmental educators and those seeking certification. Maximum number 25.
Cost: Free
Registration required: To register, please email the following information to Dr. Alexander Krings ( Name, organization (if applicable), contact information. Registered participants will receive additional information by email as the workshop date approaches.
Location: Greensboro Arboretum
Contact: Alexander Krings,, phone 919.515.2700






Sunday-Wednesday, August 3-6, 2014 

6th National Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) Conference

“Celebrating our diversity through sustainable agriculture education”

Location: North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Central Carolina Community College (CCCC)







Monday-Wednesday, October 20-22

American Farmland Trust's National Conference: Farmland, Food and Livable Communities

The Farmland, Food and Livable Communities conference will bring together leading experts from around the country for the first nationwide conference focused on farming, land use and food policy.

Location: Lexington, KY




North Carolina Area Events


Gaston County:

Wednesday, March 5, 9:30 am-3 pm

Retail Market Ready

Topics will include Selling into New Markets, Preparing for Retail Sales, Insurance and Risk Management, How to Get Small Loans and Food Safety and a guest panel of retailers.

Location: Gaston County Cooperative Extension 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC 28034

Cost: $20

Contact:  Laura Worden, Area Agriculture Agent, phone: 704 922 2112 or Lara_Worden@ncsu.eduara


Forsyth County:

March-May 2014
Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Sustainable Growing Series

The series is a new selection of classes geared towards urban growers working in community gardens or on commercial farming enterprises.
When: Tuesday evenings
Where: Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Center, 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

Preregister: Kitrinka Gordon at 336-703-2850


Mecklenberg County:

March-October 2014
The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series

The series is a collaboration of Mecklenburg Family and Consumer Sciences and Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners to provide citizens with education to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyle. From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability in a practical and fun way!
Contact: Kristin Davis at 704.336.2082 or email at


New River Area:


Location: Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center 252 Poplar Grove Rd. Boone, NC 28607

Cost: $50, limited to 20 growers

Contact: Watauga Co Cooperative Extension office 828 264-3061

E-mail: Richard Boylan at



Enhancing Sustainability Workshop Series                       Wednesday, March 26, 9 am - 3 pm

Second High Tunnel Workshop:  Organic Soil and Disease Management in High Tunnels 

Location: Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope, NC

Registration and Website:


Monday, May 5, 2014
Piedmont Regional Goat & Sheep Producer Training

Interactive, hands-on workshop covering topics related to everyday goat and sheep management. Participants will learn how to trim hooves, vaccinate properly, body condition score, manage parasites, fecal-egg count, and more! There will also be a session where participants can become FAMACHA certified.
Where: the Guilford County Extension Barn in Greensboro, NC
Preregistration required:


Monday, May 13, 2014
Pastured Poultry Workshop

The Area Pastured Poultry Workshop is back by popular demand! Workshop topics will focus on laying hens, proper handling techniques, and mobile housing.
Where: Wings of Dawn Farm in Liberty, NC
Preregistraton required:



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Carol Moore
NC SARE PDP Program Coordinator
1149 Dogwood St
Burlilnton, NC 27217
919 273 6322

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To have your event listed here please email details to Carol Moore