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 NCCES Educators travel scholarships. Contact Carol Moore for details.






NC Compost Operations Training

Monday-Friday, September 15-19

The US Composting Council, working with experts from programs across the country, has put together this week-long course focusing on the knowledge and skills you need. Format includes lectures, indoor and outdoor activities and visits to local facilities.


Contact: Samantha Stallybrass, phone: 443 433 2004, email:            



Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

Saturday-Sunday, September 20-21, 2014

Visit 27 Farms Including Six New Farms!
Farms opened 1–5 PM both days







CEFS 20th Anniversary Celebration

Friday & Saturday, Oct 17 & 18



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

October 20-22, Monday-Wednesday

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



UCLA-Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Conference - "Transparency in the Global Food System: What Information and to What Ends?"
Friday & Saturday, October 24-25, 2014

Join us for an annual conference that will focus on transparency issues in the food system from a legal perspective
Location: UCLA Faculty Center and UCLA School of Law




NC Choices' 2014 Women Working in the Meat Business
Sunday-Tuesday, November 9-11
For more information:

NC SARE Scholarships are available for this event. Contact Carol.


Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Monday-Wednesday,November 10-12, 2014

The Conference brings together those new to the movement and experienced veterans to network and collaborate.  Learn from the experts about cutting-edge techniques and innovative programs and to connect with others who are just as passionate about rebuilding a healthy, local foodshed from seed to plate.

Location: Greenville, South Carolina


NC SARE Travel Scholarhships for Extension Educators are now available.

Contact Carol Moore.



North Carolina Area Events


Forsyth County: Sustainable Growing Series

Location: Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Center, located at 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105


Crop Rotation

Tuesday, September 22, 6-8 pm

Speaker: Alison Duncan, Community Gardening Coordinator

During this class, we will discuss the basics of crop rotation and teach you how to practice it on a small scale in your home or community garden.



Black Gold: Creating and Using Compost in the Garden

Tuesday, October 21, 6-8 pm

Speakers: Alison Duncan, Community Gardening Coordinator and Wendi Hartup, Extension Agent for Natural Resources

Don’t toss that apple core in the trash-- put it in the compost pile! Come learn some easy ways to start composting. We’ll discuss what should and shouldn’t be composted and how to use this incredible resource in your home or community garden.




Hoke County:

Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development

(Prerequisite - Part 1). 

August 12, Tuesday, 9 am-4 pm

Laptop required for this section.

Location:   Hoke County Cooperative Extension, 116 W. Prospect Ave, Raeford, NC 28376

Contact: Trish Tripp, CFSA Local Produce Safety Coordinator at 336-458- 6980,




Mecklenberg County:

The Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series

March-October 2014
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:


Enhancing Sustainability Workshop Series   


Tax Issues for Diversified Farms

Monday, September 22, 6-9 pm

The workshop will be taught by North Carolina State University Farm Management Specialist Guido van der Hoeven. We will address recent changes in sales taxes,as well as income taxes, and payroll taxes. Registered participants will be invited to submit questions in advance that Guido will try to address.

Location: Chatham County Cooperative Extension Center, Silk Hope, NC



Pollinator Conservation Workshop and Garden Tour
Wednesday, October 1 and Saturday, October 4, 2-5 pm 

 Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination.     





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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