Pinehurst No. 2 goes native
Kevin Stallings, a Ph.D. student in crop science, is conducting research that could be used in the restoration of a storied golf course that will host the 2014 U.S. Open. Stallings is characterizing native vegetation, desirable adapted species and invasive weeds at Pinehurst No. 2, all in an effort to create a model for how course superintendents can approach sustainability.
N.C. 10% Campaign records $40 million in local food purchases
In just three years, the N.C. 10% Campaign, which encourages all North Carolinians and businesses to spend 10 percent of their food dollars on locally produced foods, has logged more than $40 million in expenditures. The campaign, which kicked off in July 2010, now counts more than 6,500 individuals and 850 businesses among its supporters.
Workshops show urban farms how to utilize compost
New guidelines will allow urban farms and community gardens to compost up to 1,000 lbs. of food waste each week. Learn how to safely convert food waste to rich compost at two workshops -- May 14 and June 17 -- offered by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.
Farm to Fork Picnic tickets now on sale
Tickets are on sale for the 2013 Farm to Fork Picnic being held June 9, 4-7 p.m. at the PLANT @ Breeze Farm Enterprise Incubator near Hurdle Mills. The popular event, which pairs local farmers with Triangle area chefs, has been called “the country’s best all you can eat feast” by Bon Appetit magazine.
CALS Sustainability Office hosts Leadership Triangle program
As part of its Earth Day celebration, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Sustainability Programs hosted a Leadership Triangle class on sustainable agriculture.
Wiley will give CEFS lecture Feb. 27 in Durham
Civil rights attorney and policy advocate Maya Wiley will be the featured speaker at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ Annual Lecture, Feb. 27 in Durham. Wiley will speak on the topic, “Unmasking Inequities: Building Toward a More Just Food System for All.”
Center for Environmental Farming Systems receives $3.9 million grant
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has been awarded a five-year $3.9 million grant to build and evaluate supply chains for local farmers and fishers to supply large-scale markets in North Carolina. The grant was awarded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Agroecology farm and program have grown and improved
Improvements at the Agroecology Education Farm are the result of student efforts and support from a new Agroecology Education Farm Advisory Committee, as well as production efforts by Green Planet Catering, a local business focused on local and sustainably produced food.
Student Perspectives: Suzanne O’Connell and Aaron Fox
Ph.D. students Suzanne O'Connell and Aaron Fox immersed themselves in Croatian agriculture, cuisine and culture as they spent a month exploring study abroad options with the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Agriculture.
CEFS report describes conservation practices for hog production
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has released a new report entitled Conservation Practices in Outdoor Hog Production Systems: Findings and Recommendations from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.