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.



Saturday, May 30, 9 am – 1 pm
8th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration

The purpose of our popular Pollinator Day is to raise public awareness of the importance of the bees and other pollinators that are needed to produce 80 percent of our flowering plants and one third of our human food crops. Sponsored by Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association and Starrlight Mead
Location: Lawn next to the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, NC
For more information:






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



Thursday, June 11, 2015

NCA&TSU Small Farm Field Day

High Tunnel Reboot: Solar Energy and Rain Catchment System, Summer Cover Crops for Organic and Conventional Vegetables, Alternative Farming for Urban Areas, Pastured Pork and Swine Genetics and Truffle Farming: Unearthing a New Niche

Pre-registration suggested. Contact Alexis Gaines: or           336.285.4661



Thursday, June 18, 3:30-4:45 pm ET

National Good Food Network presents: Creative Financing for Food




June 25, Thursday, 9 am-4 pm

Silvopasture Training Workshop

This CEFS Workshop will cover: What are the effects of seedling selection, wide spacing, pruning, and fertilization on the production and quality of wood and forage?  What is the efficiency of multi-row and multi-species tree planting vs. single-row and single-species plantings for converting open areas to Silvopastures?  How do the tree and forage components interact to compete for light, water, and nutrients? Are there financial assistances and economic analysis models that are operational at the regional scale? 

Representatives from the public and private institutions present to answer questions; a field tour is included

Location: Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), Goldsboro, NC

Registration Fee: $15 

Register onlin: 



Thursday, June 25, 9:30 am – 4 pm
Cider Production Workshop

ASU Fermentation Sciences and the Craft Beverage Regional Exchange Group present:
9:30am – 12pm we will cover the basics of fruit processing, juice processing, fermentation, aging, and packaging; 12:30pm – 4pm will include a discussion of apple growing, sourcing apples, and review data
Location: Appalachian State University
Cost $10: all day, includes lunch





Tuesday and Wednesday, July 7-8, 2015

Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference

Featuring:Farm tours and demonstrations, trade show featuring the latest in grazing technology, networking opportunities and presentations from farmers, university specialists and allied industry

Location: Springdale, Missouri



Wednesday,  July 22, 2015

North Carolina Egg Grading School for Small Producers Organic/Range

Presented by Prestage Dept. of Poultry Science

Poultry Teaching Unit

Location: 3801 Inwood Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603-3305

    For more information:


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.


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:

May 28-June 25, Thursdays, 5:30 - 7 pm 

Organics 101

Course goals: to learn the basics of how to garden, or switch to organic methods. Topics to be covered over the four-day course will include: garden planning, seed starting, how to attract beneficial insects, pest and disease management, soil tests and organic amendments, composting and vermi-composting, and scouting for common plant problems; some filed trips 

Location: Watauga Cooperative Extension Agricultural Conference Center (i.e.- the back side of the Ag Building) at 252 Poplar Grove Road in Boone.

Cost is $20 for all 5 classes, which includes a reference notebook and light snacks. Reserve your spot in advance by paying the $20 to NCCES at 971 West King St.For more information call: 828-264-3061


June 1, Friday, 4 – 6 pm

Agritourism Workshop for Producers

Learn more about agritourism practices you can implement on your farm. This workshop is geared towards farms participating in the High Country Farm Tour but anyone interested in agritourism will find it valuable. The Workshop will include a mock-tour and focus on:

Ways to generate revenue through on-farm tours and build loyal customers

Tips and guidelines for hosting visitors on your farm: risk management

Hosting kids - simple ways to offer family friendly visits

Ways to promote the tour

Cost:Free and includes dinner.

For more information or to register contact

Learn more at

Please register in advance so enough dinners will be provided. Thanks! We look forward to seeing you there! 



June 10, 17, 24,Tuesdays, 8-9 am

ASAP Risk Management Webinar

June 10 @ 8 am - Should Crop Insurance Be Part of Your Farm Risk Management Plan? 

June 17  @ 8 am - How to Pay for it: Grant, Loan, and Cost Share Options for Farms 

June 24  @ 8 am - Sell What You Grow: Diversifying Your Market Opportunities

To learn more and register:


July 29-Aug 21

Woodland Steward Series: Forest Landowner Workshops

The Woodland Steward Series is designed to empower forest landowners to manage their properties to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience and access to resources. 

Each workshop will 1.5 days and held in various locations

Website and registration:



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