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Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Black Angus cattle grazing amid trees.

Jun 6, 2017

Made in the Shade: Research Focuses on Combining Forestry and Livestock Grazing

Silvopasture – the practice of combining forestry with forage and livestock production – is rare in North America, but the practice could bring both economic and environmental benefits on marginal lands where traditional row cropping hasn’t worked. 

girl holding carrots and radishes

Mar 7, 2017

Online Dashboards Illustrate Local Foods Spending Data

Where are North Carolinians buying local foods? How much are they spending? These are just some of the questions being answered through a collaboration of the NC 10% Campaign and RTI International. 

Lisa Johnson

Jan 31, 2017

Student Spotlight: Johnson Studies Farm-Level Food Loss

A graduate student in horticultural science is helping fill in the blanks on the topic of farm-level food losses and taking the first steps toward reducing them. 

hands-with-red-onions

Sep 28, 2016

Ethnobiologist to Speak at Raulston Arboretum

Internationally renowned nature writer and ethnobiologist Gary Nabhan will deliver a lecture related to the conservation of food diversity on Oct. 14 at NC State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. 

Participants examine meat at the Women Working in Meat Business conference.

Jul 20, 2016

Women in Meat Business Invited to NC Conference

The popular NC Choices’ Women Working in the Meat Business conference is back for 2016, with organizers doubling the conference size and offering new programming and hands-on activities. 

Table set for a feast

Jun 7, 2016

Opinion: A place at the table for all farmers

Small-scale farms are necessary for maintaining the health and welfare of North Carolina's people and communities. So are larger-scale farms.
 But in looking at some of the conversations taking place on social media, you would think one can only exist if the other ceases to exist. Associate Dean Rich Bonanno contends the dialogue should not be framed as either-or, but rather both-and. 

three men grilling meat

May 23, 2016

Three special guests to highlight Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend

The ninth annual Farm to Fork Picnic weekend will not only be about great food but also great discussion, with an award-winning chef and two food policy experts with ties to the White House serving as special guests. 

Industrial engineering graduate student Jazmine Davis zaps inefficiencies at food hubs and on the farm.

Apr 8, 2016

Engineering Agriculture

For industrial engineering graduate student Jazmine Davis, interdisciplinary work in agriculture has been life-changing. 

Mar 31, 2016

Farm to Fork Picnic weekend tickets on sale

"Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids" is the theme for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems' 2016 Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend, set for June 3-5. Tickets are on sale now, with proceeds benefit beginning farmer training programs at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the W.C. Breeze Family Farm Agricultural Extension and Research Center. 

Mar 17, 2016

Blacklin honored for fresh perspective

Sarah Blacklin, of North Carolina's Center for Environmental Farming Systems, has been recognized as one of 100 leaders in the United States who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better. She is program director for CEFS’ NC Choices initiative.