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Center for Environmental Farming Systems

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. 

Aug 11, 2015

NC Choices presents largest niche meat event in the US

Hundreds of farmers, chefs and industry leaders will convene in Winston-Salem on Oct. 12-13 for the fourth annual Carolina Meat Conference, the largest local and pasture-based meat event in the country. 

Apr 2, 2015

Lentil Underground author gives CEFS lecture

Liz Carlisle’s book, Lentil Underground, is the tale of two undergrounds – the miracle of nitrogen fixation that takes place in the soil beneath the lentil crop and the radical action by a group of Montana farmers who rejected the notion of “bigger is better” agriculture. 

Feb 5, 2015

Reunion, Soilbration bring alumni, friends back to CEFS

What do Firsthand Foods CEO Jennifer Curtis, University of Georgia faculty member Suzanne O’Connell and Western Illinois University Organic Research Director Joel Gruver have in common? All developed a passion for what they do now through earlier work with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. 

Dec 11, 2014

ESP tours environmental farming center during annual meeting

Cows, calves and hoop houses were among the attractions at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, as North Carolina's Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi toured the center last month. The tour was part of ESP Xi Chapter's annual meeting, held over lunch at the extension center in nearby Johnston County. 

Dec 2, 2014

N.C. Local Food Council meets in Triad this week

The Local Food Council of North Carolina is bringing together more than 100 local food council delegates from across the state Dec. 4-5 at at BioTech Place, 575 N Patterson Ave. in Winston-Salem. The event, Connecting for the Future: A Gathering of NC Food Councils, will attract delegates from more than 36 local groups and approximately 24 state organizations and agencies. 

Oct 31, 2014

CEFS receives $2.5 million in new grants

Researchers at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems have received three grants totaling more than $2.5 million since July to support research and education at the center's 2,000-acre research farm in Goldsboro and on farms across the state. 

Sep 18, 2014

CEFS to hold 20-year anniversary events, Oct. 17-18

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), one of the nation’s foremost centers for research, extension and education in sustainable agriculture and local food systems, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a SOILbration in Goldsboro on Oct. 17 and speakers and a reunion dinner in Raleigh Oct. 18. 

Aug 28, 2014

CEFS celebrates two decades of transforming North Carolina’s food system

In April, CEFS kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration, which continues this fall with a SOILbration and reunion for past faculty, interns and apprentices. 

Aug 28, 2014

Nurturing a new venture: CALS animal scientist assists in sustainable swine operation start-up

The College's Silvana Pietrosemoli works with Alleghany County farmers to set up a pastured pork operation.