North Carolina SARE
             Sustainable Agriculture

                    Events Calendar 2015

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 NCCES Educators travel scholarships. Contact Carol Moore for details.





Tuesday, April 14, Morganton, NC
Tuesday, April 21, Mount Olive, NC
9 am - 4 pm either day

Grant Writing workshops
Becky Bowen, Program Manager, CULTIVATE NC and Dr Noah Ranells, NC A&TSU, will discuss grant writing techniques and offer tips on what USDA is looking for in the Local Food Promotion Program Farmers and the Market Promotion Program
For more information: Becky Bowen,


Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life
To assist growers in developing skills that will provide a competitive advantage within the fresh produce market
Tuesday, April 14, Duplin County

Option #1: Introduction to Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life (half-day workshop)
- Register online: or
- Download registration form
Thursday, May 21, Catawba County
- Register online or
- Download registration form
Postharvest Handling For Enhanced Shelf Life WorkshopsOption #2: Advanced Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life (full-day workshop)
June 2, Forsyth County
- Register Online or
- Download registration form
For more information: Trish Tripp, or 336-458-6980


NWIAA New Generation Symposium

Thursday-Saturday, April 16-18,2015, 2015, all day

Welcome to National Women In Agriculture Association’s 5Th Innovative Agriculture Empowerment Conference - Providing New Generation’s Innovative Agriculture Education. 

Location: Marriott Knoxville, Knoxville, Tennessee 



Thursday April 16, Noon-12:45 p.m.
Farmer Idea Lab Webinar Series
Topic: Farm Transitions

Pilson Farm, Cameron, NC-Experience the transition from sweet potatoes and tobacco to fruits and vegetables and unique marketing strategies.
Registration required by Noon, April 15
Contact or questions: Joanna Lelekacs,





Sunday, May 17
Farm-to-Fork Dinner

Food by MRV chef, Jason Nain, Salty Caper/Gian Moscardini . In addition to local food there will be good music and fellowship

Location: Morgan Ridge Vineyards, Gold Hill, NC
For more information: Eric Bowen at






Friday-Sunday, June 5 – 7, 2015
Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend

Join us To Raise Funds for New Farmer Training Programs and Shine Light on Sustainable Fishing and Farming Needs in North Carolina and Nationwide. Featuring chef James Beard, author Paul Greenberg and great food by local chefs.
Contact: Colleen Minton, or 404-822-0276
Or Kat Van Leer, or 212-767-9142





July 26-29, Sunday-Wednesday

70th International Soil and Water Conservation Society’s Annual Conference

Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice






October 12 & 13, Monday & Tuesday

Carolina Meat Conference

Keynote speaker: Allan Savory, founder of holistic management and the Savory Institute

Location: Winston- Salem

Save the date!



North Carolina Area Events


Regional Events:



Foothills Farm School
January-July, 2015

Foothills Farm School is designed to provide training in production practices and business planning.
Where: Catawba County Extension Center
When: Classes are on the first Tuesday of the month beginning on January from 6 to 9 pm.
Farm field days are typically on the second Thursday of the month from 9 am to 3 pm.
Registration deadline is Friday, December 5
Costs: 1 person, $250; 2 people from the same farm, $400.
For more information, go to or call 704-922-2112.


Forsyth County

April 28, Tuesday, 6-8 pm

Sustainable Growing Series: Classes for Urban Growers

Small Scale Crop Rotation

We will discuss the basics of crop rotation and you will learn how to practice it on a small scale.

To register:


May 19, Tuesday, 6-8 pm

Sustainable Growing Series: Cover Crops in the Garden

Cover crops increase organic matter, reduce erosion, attract beneficial insects, and more. Come learn some cover cropping techniques so that you can plant a cover crop this summer or fall! This class builds on topics covered in April’s crop rotation class but may also be taken on its own.

To register:                                                                                        


For more information contact: Kitrinka Gordon at 336-703-2850

Both classes will be held the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Center, 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105


Mecklenburg County:

February through November

3rd Annual Sustainable Living Series

From gardening to canning, the Sustainable Living Series connects families with nature, nutrition and sustainability in a practical and fun way!

Location: Armory Training Facility, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28204

For more information and to register online:                        


New River Area

BeeCause: Food Matters Screening & Discussion

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 6:00 – 8:30 pm 

Toxics Free NC is partnering with the Watauga County Beekeepers to screen the documentary “BeeCause Food Matters,” which examines the possible roles that insecticides are playing in bee population declines and what concerned citizens can do about it. This screening and discussion will be a great opportunity to network with local and regional activists and beekeepers.

Free & Open to the Public 

Location:  Cooperative Extension Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Rd., Boone


Wipe Your Weeds Away Workshop and Pesticide Credits

Thursday, April 16, 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 pm

The Watauga County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will host a workshop on invasive plants and weed eradication

Location: Agriculture Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, Boone, NC 28607

Registration required: Call the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service at (828) 264-3061, and let us know if you plan on building a weed wiper and what size. Cost is $20 for a hand held wiper and $90 for a tractor or ATV mounted wiper.

If you are interested in just receiving pesticide credits, it is free to attend.

    For more information or questions contact Eddy Labus at (828)264-3061, or email




Pollinator Conservation Workshop and Garden Tour

Tuesday, May 12 and Saturday, May 16, 2-5 pm (2 times, same great class)

Workshop will present an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and protecting pollinators and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators.

Cost: $20, includes CD and plants
Location: NCCESChatham County Center
Registration form- Space is limited so register early!


Robeson County:

ServSafe Food Safety Certification Training
April 13-15, 2015, 1-5 p.m.

Exam: April 20, 2015, 1-5 p.m.
The registration fee of $125 (check or money order ONLY, made payable to Robeson County Cooperative Extension) may be mailed to Cooperative Extension, P. O. Box 2280, Lumberton, N.C. 28359 or delivered to Denese Prevatte at the Extension Center. The fee covers the 6th edition textbook (with 2013 FDA food code), test answer sheet, handouts, and refreshments.
Location: O. P. Owens Agriculture Center, 455 Caton Road, Lumberton
For more information: Contact Janice Fields, Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at Cooperative Extension, 910-671-3276, or Cindy Council at Environmental Health, 910-272-6567.

If you have difficulty browsing to any of the above sites, please copy the url address onto your web browser or email to the given email address.

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