Upcoming Events

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Crowdfunding Farm & Food Businesses: New North Carolina Securities Laws

August 10, 2017 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual | Online Registration

Because of legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly in July 2016, startups in North Carolina can now raise up to $2 million from average investors using their own web site or a registered funding portal. A further simplified option, called the Local Public Offering (LPO), permits raising up to $250,000 without use of a web site. Think of this as a friends-and-family round except now any North Carolina resident can back an offering. These options include various safeguards for investors while expanding fundraising avenues for startups. A representative of the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State’s Office will cover recent developments in investment crowdfunding including:

  • Overview of how securities laws apply to crowdfunding
  • Data on what has worked and what has not in crowdfunding
  • Why breweries, distilleries and customer-driven companies are leading the pack
  • How more than 300 startups have filed for federal crowdfunding
  • Why N.C.’s LPO option is unique among states

Those advising startups will benefit from attending this webinar because access to capital remains a top challenge for small businesses in North Carolina. Crowdfunding is being seen as a tool for small companies to obtain funding from their communities or customers. Becoming conversant with this new option will help advisors recognize ventures that may be good fits for crowdfunding and encourage those startups to seek out legal counsel to conduct such offerings.

Presenter: Leo John is Investor and Business Outreach Legal Specialist at the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State, Securities Division.  The state agency registers legal entities, administers and enforces state securities laws, administers the state trademarks database and performs various other functions that intersect with business and commerce. An attorney and a former business journalist, Leo closely tracks the state’s business climate and in particular entrepreneurial activity to ensure businesses are forewarned and forearmed about the legal landscape in which they operate.

Food Businesses in a Farm-to-Table World – Providing Assessment and Assistance in a Changing Industry

September 7, 2017 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual | Online Registration

What you’ll learn: This presentation will give small business counselors, mentors, extension agents and funders some background and insights into industry-specific issues faced by entrepreneurs who are planning, growing, or struggling with food businesses in North Carolina. The session will examine the changing restaurant industry and expanded entrepreneurial opportunities in related food businesses, including food trucks, caterers, and food makers, and will discuss the integration of sourcing, procurement, production planning, culinary trends, and the demand for local produce, meats, dairy, and seafood into business planning and operational analysis for new and expanding food businesses.

Who you’ll meet: From age fifteen, in neighborhood restaurants, swanky country clubs and a scruffy grill behind a Philadelphia bar, Dani Black has cooked, served, and managed in foodservice for over thirty years. When she moved to Hillsborough in 1995 she dug deep into food, first as a market gardener and baker, then as owner of Hillsborough Market (a neighborhood grocery and produce market) and the James Pharmacy Restaurant. When the JPR closed, she was the founding Chef at the Refectory at Duke’s Divinity School. The Refectory was one of the first university eateries in the nation to commit to providing ethically produced and locally sourced food and to paying living wages. She has also detoured into eating disorder treatment, helping to create therapeutic culinary programs and facilities, including working gardens, for residential and hospital-based treatment. Along the way she became a resource for people planning, growing or fixing small food businesses, which grew into a consulting practice devoted to reality-based planning and resource assessment. She supports culinary professionals and entrepreneurs who want to make a living doing what they love. She has served on several boards, advisory councils and working groups devoted to issues of food, justice and community.

Save the Date: Trademarking Your Farm & Food Business

October 10, 2017 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual | Registration & details coming soon!

Save the dates for these exciting events hosted by our friends at NC Choices and their partners!
  • September 25-26, 2017 | Carolina Meat Conference | Winston-Salem, NC. Be sure to check the website for the latest details!

 

Events Archive

2017

July 18, 2017 | Webinar: Hosting Food & Farm Training Programs at Community Colleges | Virtual

Presented by the North Carolina Growing Together Project at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems & the North Carolina Rural Center on July 18, this webinar featured two highly successful food and farm business training programs from Southwestern Community College and Vance-Granville Community College. Participants learned how to develop these programs at your own campus, and potential solutions for funding, planning, and marketing these programs in your own community. The webinar featured instructors Tiffany Henry, Southwestern Community College; Rob Hawk, County Extension Director, Jackson and Swain counties; Tanya Weary, Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center; and Kyle Burwell, Vance-Granville Community College Workforce & Human Resource Development.

June 20, 2017 | Webinar: Heirs Property & Succession Planning for NC Landowners | Virtual

This webinar occurred as part of the 2017 NCGT Webinar Series on June 20, 2017, and features Mavis Gragg of Gragg Law Firm. A Durham-based attorney specializing in heirs property and succession planning for farmers, landowners, and foresters across the state, Ms. Gragg’s presentation covers common heirs property issues, potential solutions, and how to help people access heirs property resources from a number of sources. Downloads include the YouTube video, a brochure template for use in regions throughout the state, and a copy of the slide presentation.

May 24, 2017 | Webinar: Kitchen Incubators & SBC Partnerships in North Carolina | Virtual

This webinar trained small business counselors and developers on the opportunities available to food business clients through kitchen incubators in North Carolina. Two successful kitchen incubators – Blue Ridge Food Ventures in Western North Carolina and the Piedmont Food & Ag Processing Center (PFAP) in Hillsborough – discussed their services, facilities, and common challenges and opportunities for small food businesses. The session also includes information from the Small Business Centers, SBTDCs, and financing agencies affiliated with these incubator kitchens. NCGT shared a newly-developed directory of incubator kitchens, food hubs, and co-packers around the state.

May 16, 2017 | Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshop | Vance County, NC

NC Growing Together, NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension (Vance County Center), and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association are offering a one-day workshop aimed at providing farmers with the tools to identify hazards on their farm; to prepare a food safety hazard assessment; and to create and implement a custom food safety plan that integrates the farm’s practices while meeting market requirements for GAP certification.

May 19, 2017 | Local Food Economies as a Rural Development Strategy (APA-NC Section 5) | Edenton, NC

This presentation was presented as part of the APA-NC (American Planning Association, North Carolina Chapter) Section 5 Professional Development Workshop on May 19, 2017, in Edenton, NC. The presentation includes an overview of local food economies in North Carolina, NCGT models for regional and local work, resources, and case studies from across North Carolina.

April 11, 2017 | Webinar: Start or Grow a Food Business in North Carolina | Virtual

On April 11, 2017, the NC Growing Together Project kicked off its 2017 webinar series on local food system topics, designed to assist Extension agents, small business counselors, food incubators and food hubs, and others with topics related to developing food and farm businesses in North Carolina. The first webinar recording, presented by Jill Willett of Coaching for Cooks and Triangle Food Makers, is now available, along with a handout of Resources for Food Entrepreneurs.

March 28, 2017 | Season Extension with High Tunnels Workshop | Greensboro, NC

High tunnels are low-tech, low-cost tools that allow growers to extend the growing season of vegetables and small fruit crops, potentially increasing market opportunities and farm profits. Although high tunnels are considered low-tech, maximizing production and profits can be difficult. During this workshop participants will be equipped with the knowledge to increase their high tunnel profitability through proper management and budgeting awareness. Session topics include high tunnel microclimate considerations, transplant production/ sourcing and production planning. Also covered will be costs and budgeting for start up plans and expansion

March 27, 2017 | Season Extension with High Tunnels Workshop | Concord, NC

High tunnels are low-tech, low-cost tools that allow growers to extend the growing season of vegetables and small fruit crops, potentially increasing market opportunities and farm profits. Although high tunnels are considered low-tech, maximizing production and profits can be difficult. During this workshop participants will be equipped with the knowledge to increase their high tunnel profitability through proper management and budgeting awareness. Session topics include high tunnel microclimate considerations, transplant production/ sourcing and production planning. Also covered will be costs and budgeting for start up plans and expansion

March 16, 2017 | Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Workshop | Pitt County, NC

NC Growing Together, NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension (Pitt County Center), and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association are offering a one-day workshop aimed at providing farmers with the tools to identify hazards on their farm; to prepare a food safety hazard assessment; and to create and implement a custom food safety plan that integrates the farm’s practices while meeting market requirements for GAP certification.

February 23, 2017 | FreshPoint Tour and Information Session for Interested Growers | Charlotte, NC

February 21, 2017 | FreshPoint Tour and Information Session for Interested GrowersRaleigh, NC

February 16, 2017 | APA-NC’s Planning for Prosperity Event: Local Food for Local Places | Saxapahaw, NC

This session focused on the intersection of local food, economic vitality, and community planning.  Participants learned about the economic and community advantages of building and sustaining a vibrant local food system, examples of planning tools and community projects, and the kinds of partners planners can leverage to continue the conversation in their own communities.The Saxapahaw event is the first of three regional LFLP events hosted by APA and follows up on NCGT’s June 2016 webinar kicking off the series.

February 8, 2017 | Season Extension Using High Tunnels | Jacksonville, NC

High tunnels are low-tech, low-cost tools that allow growers to extend the growing season of vegetables and small fruit crops, potentially increasing market opportunities and farm profits. Although high tunnels are considered low-tech, maximizing production and profits can be difficult. During this workshop participants will be equipped with the knowledge to increase their high tunnel profitability through proper management and budgeting awareness. Session topics include high tunnel microclimate considerations, transplant production/ sourcing and production planning. Also covered will be costs and budgeting for start up plans and expansion

February 7, 2017 | FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) Compliance Training | Asheville, NC

January 20, 2017 | Wholesale Success Workshop | Rockingham, NC

January 18, 2017 | Wholesale Success Workshop | Durham, NC

January 12, 2017 |  FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) Compliance Training | Mills River, NC

 

2016

December 12, 2016 | Season Extension with High and Low Tunnels — Maximizing Use and Producing Profits  | Sandhills Research Station, Jackson Springs, NC
Learn how to utilize high tunnels to extend your season and maximize your profits at this in-depth training, which covers construction methods and materials, varietal research, and other practical tools for producers interested in season extension.

December 6-7, 2016 | Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Two-Day Workshop | Harnett County, NC
NC Growing Together, NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension (Harnett County Center), and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association are offering a two-part workshop aimed at providing farmers with the tools to identify hazards on their farm; to prepare a food safety hazard assessment; and to create and implement a custom food safety plan that integrates the farm’s practices while meeting market requirements for GAP certification.

December 6, 2016 | Smithfield, NC | FSMA Compliance Training

November 21, 2016 | Season Extension with High Tunnels — Maximizing Use and Producing Profits | Jefferson, NC
Learn how to utilize high tunnels to extend your season and maximize your profits at this in-depth training, which covers construction methods and materials, varietal research, and other practical tools for producers interested in season extension.

November 16, 2016 | Postharvest Handling Train-the-Trainer Session | Raleigh, NC
NCGT will provide an in-depth workshop for Extension agents interested in hosting their own Postharvest Handling trainings. The session will include information about logistics, the lecture and presentation, and the hands-on grading, packing, and cooling demonstrations that can be used at these events. This event is part of the annual N.C. Cooperative Extension Conference.

November 4, 2016 | Season Extension Workshop, Grower-Buyer Meeting, GAP Workshops | Durham, NC
In conjunction with Carolina Farm Stewardship’s annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Download Grower-Buyer Information Here (PDF)

October 26, 2016 | Fourth Annual Eastern NC Sustainability Summit | Halifax Community College, Weldon, NC
NCGT was a sponsor of this conference, which for the first time included a Food and Agriculture track.  NCGT’s Laura Lauffer was one of the featured speakers.

October 2-4, 2016 | NC Choices’ Women Working in the Meat Business Conference | Piedmont, NC
NCGT is a sponsor of the conference and will host a “Money for Meat” Panel on financing, grant, and technical assistance options for beginning & existing meat businesses.

October 5, 2016 | Artisanal, Safe and Efficient: The Way Forward for Dairy Producers
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro NC | Registration here.
Learn how to create a HAACP plan that meets safety requirements and the needs of your artisanal cheese and dairy business, with one of the nation’s leading experts.

September 22, 2016 | Barriers & Solutions for GAP Certification | Bull City Cool, Durham, NC
NCGT will present and take questions during this event, hosted by the Durham Soil & Water Conservation District. The mini-workshop, from 9-1 p.m., will focus on farms that have previously attended trainings or workshop but have not pursued GAP certification.

September 14-16, 2016 | NCAPA Annual Conference |  Asheville, NC

August 8, 2016 | Good Agricultural Practices for School Gardens | Chapel Hill / Carrboro, NC

June 16, 2016Good Agricultural Practices One-Day Workshop: Navigating the USDA GAP Audit | Henderson, NC (Vance County)

May 25, 2016 | Full-Day Pasture Porkshop | Winston-Salem, NC

April 4 & 6, 2016 | Postharvest Handling for Improved Shelf Life Workshops | Durham and Henderson Counties

April 11, 2016 | Good Agricultural Practices One-Day Workshop: Navigating the USDA GAP Audit | Summerfield, NC

March 30, 2016 | Adding Value to Local Food | WEBINAR

March 10, 2016 | Piedmont Grown Conference | Raleigh NC

February 2016 | Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series | Boone NC

February 2016 | Enhancing Farm Profitability Workshops Clinton NC

January 2016 | Enhancing Farm Profitability Workshops | Newton NC

2015

December 2015-February 2016 | Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series | Mills River, Graham/Cherokee/Clay Counties

November 6-8, 2015 | NCGT-sponsored sessions and events at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference | Durham NC

October 12-13, 2015 | NCGT-sponsored sessions at the Carolina Meat Conference |Winston-Salem NC

June 18, 2015 | Final PhD Seminar & Defense, Drew Marticorena.  Subject: Statistical Analyses of Diverse Issues in Sustainable Agriculture |NC State Campus

June 16, 2015 | Navigating the USDA GAP Audit Workshop | Wake County

June 2, 2015 | Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life Workshops | Forsyth County (full day)

May 21, 2015 | Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life Workshops | Catawba County (1/2 day)

April 16, 2015 | Lunch–N–Learn: Farmer Idea Lab Webinar Series: Farm Transitions | WEBINAR

April 14, 2015 | Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life Workshops | Duplin County (1/2 day)

March 19, 2015 | Lunch-N-Learn: Farmer Idea Lab Webinar Series: The Entrepreneurial Opportunity of Limited Resources | WEBINAR

February 27: Nash County; March 11: Polk County; Two-part GAPs Workshop, March 4 and March 18: Lincoln County: March 24: Wayne County: Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshops

January 13, 2015: When Local Meets Global: Meeting Consumer Demand for Local Foods in a Global Supply Chain World (panel discussion)

January 8, 2015: Agent Opportunities to Build Partnerships with Local Supermarkets through Local Food Programs (WEBINAR)

2014

December 18, 2014: Enhancing Local Food Access by Strengthening Connections with Food Pantries (WEBINAR)

November 9-11, 2014: NC Choices’ Women in the Meat Business, Chapel Hill, NC (supporting partner)

November 10 & 11, 2014: Sessions at Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Greenville, SC

September/October 2014: Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series, Pender and Yancey Counties

September 4, 2014: Local Foods: Understanding Packaging and Specifications for Wholesale Markets (WEBINAR)

July 30 and August 12, 2014: Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices Workshop Series, Hoke County

May 6, 2014: NC Food Hub Info Exchange

April 22, 2014: NC Growing Together Research Symposium