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 5, 2015, 12 noon-12:45 pm

CES Lunch & Learn Webinar: Farm Smarter Not Harder

Presenter: Innovative Loacl Foods Farmer Brian Chatham

For more information:          Feb-5-Brian-Chatham-

Farmer- Idea-Lab-Promo.pdf

To register:


February 5 & 6

 3rd Annual Climate Adaptation Conference

Sponsored by the Abundance Foundation North Carolina

Location: Feb. 5-see website, Feb 6-Central Carolina Community College, Pittsboro, NC

To register:


February 6

Feast Down East 5h Annual Regional Conference: Healthy Communities

Sponsored by Feast Down East and UNCW

For more information and to register:


February 11 & 12

Pastured Pork Conference

Sponsored by NCCES, NCA&TSU and CEFS

To register: Register by Feb. 6,


    For more information: Tiffany Slade, 336-285-4653sladet@ or Dr.      Niki Whitley at


February 12, 8:30am to 4:15pm

5th Annual Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference:  A Training Event for Commercial-Scale Growers

sponsored by CFSA

Location: Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, NC

For more information and to register:

February 1210 am to 4 pm

NCDA&CS Farmer Meeting with Harris Teeter

Sign up by Feb 2

Location: NCCES Cabarrus County Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concor, NC

Event is free but registration is required by Feb 2: Contact Tony Haywood, NCDA&CS retail marketing specialist, at or 919-707-3140


February 13-14

ASAP’s 12th Annual Business of Farming Conference

Location: UNC-Asheville, NC 

ASAP’s conference features over 15 workshop (see sample topics below), NEW Friday afternoon sessions, opportunities to meet with local wholesale buyers in the popular Grower-Buyer Meeting, and one-on-one consultations with agricultural, legal, and business professionals. Enjoy networking with other farmers while learning helpful tools for building your farm business. 

For more information: or 828-236-1282 


February 20, 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: Register by Feb 11 agribiz/Agenda_ Registration2015_Greensboro. pdf

For more information contact: 

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


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 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 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 27 & 28

2nd Annual Southeastern Sustainable Livestock Conference

with Temple Grandin

Location: Atlanta, GA




North Carolina Area 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.


New River Area

February 2, 1:30 pm- 7 pm

Field Trip to The Market Gardener author workshop at Living Web Farms

 Six Figure Farming on Small Plots with Jean-Martin Fortier

For more information and to register contact:

Living Web Farms at 828-891-4497  or

Location: 176 Kimzey Rd. Mills River NC 28759

 Van departs from Watauga Extension at 11:00 AMon 2/2/15.

    To reserve a seat in the Extension van leaving from Boone, contact Richard      Boylan at or call the Watauga Extension office at 828-264-3061




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


February 21, 10 am-noon

Fruit Tree Pruning Demonstration

Demonstration is free and appropriate to growers and the general public.

Location: Howard's Farm, near Pittsboro

To RSVP: Email, “pruning demo” in the subject line.

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


 NC Annual Area Small Flock Seminar

Thursday, February 5, 9:30am-4pm

Sponsored by theNorth Carolina Cooperative Extension, in partnership with The Livestock Conservancy, the NCDA&CS, and the NCSU Prestage Department of Poultry Science. The target audience for this workshop is producers who raise chickens, turkeys, and ducks.

Location: McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center, Sanford, NC

Pre-registration is required by February 3. The registration fee is $10.00, payable at the door. Please call 919-775-5624 to register.

For more information:

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