North Carolina SARE
Events Calendar 2013-2014
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.
See the end of the calendar for Piedmont and New River Events.
Registration is required for all CEFS events unless otherwise noted. Registration forms are available at the website listed following the workshop information. For further information concerning CEFS events, contact email@example.com or call 919-513-0954.
Sustainable agriculture events listed here and other events may be eligible for travel scholarships. Contact Carol Moore for details.
NCSU Cheese Making Short Course
December 10-12, 2013
This Course is designed to convey the basic concepts of Farmstead cheese production including basic sanitation and milk processing, basic and cheese microbiology, quality control, hands-on cheesemaking and package labeling issues
Location: Schaub Hall, NCSU Campus
January 9-12, 2014
Anyone with an interest in specialty crop agriculture is invited to this event addressing food safety, production practices, marketing strategies, and interaction with key suppliers and growers. The schedule includes a track of educational sessions focused on organic production.
Location: Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, GA
Audience: NationalWebsite: http://www.seregionalconference.com/
January 15-17, 2014
Practical tools and solutions for sustaining family farms.
Location: Mobile AL
January 17 & 18, 2014
The conference offers two full days of educational workshops and seminars, with a variety of presenters sharing both cutting-edge research and real-field experience. The dynamic lineup will be anchored by keynote speaker Lindsay Lusher Shute, executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition.
Location: Hyattsville, MD
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 410-549-7878
Save the Date: March 26-28, 2014
Location: Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Area Events
Thursdays, 6-8 pm, January 16, 23, 30 and February 6, 2014
The Agriculture-Entrepreneurship Series provides education to entrepreneurs who want to begin a farming business and to farmers wanting to transform their farm into a thriving business. The 4-part series includes real-world scenarios and hands-on activities. Each session features an education session along with a local agriculture expert guest speaker.
Topics: 1/16: Exploring Agriculture Entrepreneurship & Business Planning
1/23 Market Research and the Marketing Plan
1/30 Business Operations
2/6 Business Financials
Location: Agriculture Conference Center
Register online www.cccti.edu/smallbusiness
Further questions: email@example.com
Commercial Organic Production Course 7-Week Series
Mondays, 5:30-8:30 pm, beginning January 27
This class is geared primarily toward growers who are already set-up for commercial scale production (e.g. - 1-acre of ready-to-be-certified-organic field land or more), and wish to enter the expanding Certified Organic Market and/or produce according to USDA Organic standards, but smaller-scale growers are also welcome. Topics covered will include soils & fertility, disease identification & control, insect identification & control, weed management, post-harvest handling, certification & record-keeping, and selling to wholesale and retail markets.
· January 27 – Introduction to Organics & Certification.
Planning Your Organic Crops & Rotations
· February 3 – Soils & Fertility in Organic Systems
February 10 - Weed Management in Organic Systems
· February 17 – Disease Management in Organic Systems
Tying Together Crop Rotation, Soil Fertility, and Weed & Disease Management Into One Coherent System
· February 24 – Insect Management in Organic Systems
· March 3 - Post-Harvest Handling for Selected Crops & Food Safety Considerations
· March 10 – Marketing Organic Crops & Certification Paperwork Wrap-up
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 828 264-3061E-mail: Richard Boylan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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NC SARE PDP Program Coordinator
1149 Dogwood St
Burlilnton, NC 27217
919 273 6322