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 Molly Hamiltonfor details.





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:


Catawba County

June 20-25, Saturday-Thursday

Eat, Drink and Be Local

Visit Catawba County for their annual week-long celebration of local food in Catawba County




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:


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:



July 20, 2015, Monday, 7-9 pm

Introduction to Managing your Land for Wildlife: What Landowners Need to Know

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are teaming up to conduct a Wildlife Workshop Series for landowners presented by  the staff  from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Location:  Auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro

Cost: FREE, RSVP is required. To RSVP, send an email to             and put “wildlife” in the subject line.

For more information:  Contact Debbie Roos at or 919-542-8202.


Molly Hamilton
NC SARE PDP Program Coordinator
5 Sugar Hollow Orchard Drive
Fairview, NC 28730
828 273 1041

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To have your event listed here please email details to Carol Moore