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.





February 24, 9 am-3 pm
NCDA&CS Fourth Annual Food Business Conference: To Market, To Market

The conference will include presentations on product promotion, market selection and building customer loyalty.


Alamance Cooperative Extension Office, 209-N Graham Hopedale Road, Burlington, NC

Conference is open to exisiting food businesses only

Pre-registration is required
Contact Annette Dunlap at 919-707-3117 or
To register:

February 25, 8:30 am-5pm

Aquaponics Short Course
Sponsored by Pentair Aquatic Eco-systems

Location: Doubletree by Hilton, Lawson Room, 100 Middle Street, New Bern, NC
For more information and to register: 





March 6, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Small Fruits Workshop

This all day workshop features Amanda McWhirt, Dr. Bill Cline and Dr. Gina Fernandez
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro
Registration fee-$20, includes lunch


March 7

Dig In to an Edible Wake County—Urban Ag and Community Gardens!

Noted author, strategist and consultant Jay Walljasper will present the keynote: Growing Communities--What It Takes to Make Your Neighborhood Greener, Friendlier, Safer & More Fun.  How do you make your neighborhood better? It really depends on how connected everyone is.



March 13-15

Mapping a New Geography of Hope: Women and the Land 

Point Reyes, California


March 14th

1st Annual NC-VA Hops Conference
Preceded by an optional Beginning Grower Session on March 13th
The conference is designed to bring together a large number
of regional hop growers and brewers to help continue to grow the
Southeastern hops industry.
Location: Forsyth County Center, 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem, NC
Registration information: Register on Eventbrite at


March 20, Friday, 10 am– 3 pm 

Vegetable Grafting Workshop

Location: CEFS (Main Service Building), Farm Road, Goldsboro, NC 27530

Registration Fee: $25 (Includes lunch), Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 18 - Registration payment is required by March 18. 

    For more information and to register:


March 22-28
NCA&TSU Small Farms Week

Deadline for registration is March 16
2015 Small Farms Week Registration Form


March 27, 9:30 am - 3 pm

 NCDA’s 5th Annual Farmers Market Managers Workshop, A Successful Season – Building a Stronger Farmers Market

Location: Guilford County Extension Center, Greensboro, NC

Registration: agribiz/Agenda_ Registration2015_Greensboro. pdf

For more information contact: 

Kevin Hardison,, 919-707-3123
Annette Dunlap,, 919-707-3117

March 27 & 28

2nd Annual Southeastern Sustainable Livestock Conference

with Temple Grandin

Location: Atlanta, GA






October 12 & 13

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 Food Safety Events:


February 23, 2015 
Piedmont Grown Annual Conference: Growing Your Farm/Food Business: The Power of Branding
Farming Without Losing Your Shirt (Food Safety & GAPs)
Speaker: Diane Ducharme
Location: North Carolina Research Center, Kannapolis, NC
For More Information and Registration:                                            


CFSA Workshop: Navigating the USDA GAP Audit, 9 am-4 pm

For registration information:                                                            

February 25 - Brunswick County

February 27 - Nash County

March 11 - Polk County

March 24 - Wayne County


March 4th & 18th, 2015 
Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series
Speaker: Diane Ducharme
Location: Lincoln County Office of NC Cooperative Extension
For More Information and Registration:                     


March 10th & 11th, 2015
Strawberry Production Food Safety Workshop- Wilson County
Day One: March 10th, 2015 from 1 PM – 4 pm
Speakers: Dr. Chris Gunter and Diane Ducharme
Location to Meet at: Dean’s Farm Market 4231 N. Carolina 42 Wilson, NC 27893
Day Two: March 11, 2015 from 9 am – 4 pm (Lunch Provided with registration) Speakers:Dr. Chris Gunter (NCSU), Dr. Anita MacMillan (NCDA) and Diane Ducharme (NCSU)
Location: Wilson County Office of NC Cooperative Extension, 1806 SW Goldsboro Street Wilson, NC 27893

For More Information and Registration:                                



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.


New River Area



January 12-March 9, Monday evenings from 7:00-9:30 pm
Chatham County 8 Week Beekeeping School

For course content and to register see
To register: send in payment with registration form. Deadline for registration is December 3
Cost: $90 for members of the Chatham County Beekeepers Association and $95 for non-members.

Location: Agricultural Building Auditorium in Pittsboro.

For more information: Email or call 919-542-8202


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:                        



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