North Carolina SARE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-513-0954.
Sustainable agriculture events listed here and other events may be eligible for travel scholarships. Contact Carol Moore for details.
Wednesday, March 5, 9 am-2 pm
Location: CEFS, Goldsboro, NC
Cost: $25, includes lunch
Registration and website: Deadline: March 3.
Saturday & Sunday, March 8 & 9, All day
Website & Registration: http://organicgrowersschool.org/
Saturday, March 8, all day
Weaving Edible Landscapes—Community Gardens and Urban Ag—into the Fabric of Our Community
Join Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) for the Fifth Annual DIG IN! community garden & urban agriculture summit. Let's “dig in” to how our communities can be transformed by including edible landscapes, urban farms and community gardens, and grow healthy food for our communities!
Location: Raleigh, NC
Website and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fifth-annual-dig-in-tickets-5903763315
Tuesday March 11, 3-4:30 pm
Webinar: "Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Plasticulture Strawberry Production"
Dr. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno-Department of Crop Science, NCSU
Dr. Hannah Burrack - Department of Entomology, NSUC
Amanda McWhirt - Department of Crop Science, NCSUTo register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QGZXS8J
Tuesday, March 25-Monday, March 31
Small Farms Week: It’s a Growing Business – Innovations for the Next Generation
Location: NCA&TSU, Greensboro, NC
For Conference agenda: http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/docs/Small%20Farms%20booklet07.pdf
Registration Deadline – March 17, 2014
To register go to:
Registration Fee - $25, waived for small farmers
March 26-28, 2014
Conference includes: Multiple tracks for food hub managers and staff; networking and learning for support organizations, consultants, agencies and industry; "Ask an Expert" - slots of one-on-one time to dig deep with various technical assistance experts; food hub and food business tours; opportunities to learn from your peers, network, and feel a part of an incredibly energetic community, excellent local food from Eastern Carolina Organics, Firsthand Foods, and other local suppliers.
Location: Raleigh, NC
Monday, April 14-Wednesday, April 16
Nourishing Our Cities’ Future
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
Tuesday-Friday, April 15-18
7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up
The program will explore topics such as local procurement strategies, funding, food justice, farm to preschool, food hubs, evaluation, gardens and policy.
Location: Austin, Texas
Registration: Early-bird rate until March 4
Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, 2014
31st Social Research conference at The New School:
Sunday-Wednesday, August 3-6, 2014
“Celebrating our diversity through sustainable agriculture education”
Location: North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Central Carolina Community College (CCCC)
Monday-Wednesday, October 20-22
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
North Carolina Area Events
Wednesday, March 5, 9:30 am-3 pm
Retail Market Ready
Topics will include Selling into New Markets, Preparing for Retail Sales, Insurance and Risk Management, How to Get Small Loans and Food Safety and a guest panel of retailers.
Location: Gaston County Cooperative Extension 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC 28034
Contact: Laura Worden, Area Agriculture Agent, phone: 704 922 2112 or Lara_Worden@ncsu.eduara Worden, Area Agriculture Agent
Enhancing Sustainability Workshop Series
Monday, March 3, 9 am -5 pm
North Carolina’s top high tunnel experts will share their many decades of research and experience with successful high tunnel production. Speakers: Dr. Sanjun Gu, North Carolina A&T State University; Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farm; Steve Moore, Elon University; and Debbie Roos, NC Cooperative Extension
Location: Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope, NC
Registration and Website: Registration deadline is February 24
Wednesday, March 5 and March 19, 9 am – 5 pm
Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit (March 5)
Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development (March 19)
The focus of these workshops is to provide farmers with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet market requirements. Speakers will include Diane Ducharme, NCSU; Katie Baros, NCSU; and Matthew Agle, NCSU.
Location: Pittsboro, NC
Website and to Register: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-workshops/
Friday, March 7, 9 am-4 pm
Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology, the economics ofinsect pollination, basic bee field identification and evaluating pollinator haitat. Advanced topics will also be taught.
Location: Asheville, NC
Cost: $45, after Feb 21, $50
Website and to register:
Wednesday, March 26, 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Silk Hope Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope, NCRegistration and Website: http://go.ncsu.edu/gsf-workshops
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 828 264-3061
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NC SARE PDP Program Coordinator
1149 Dogwood St
Burlilnton, NC 27217
919 273 6322