Upcoming Events

Additional GAP Certification and Season Extension workshops are planned across the state in 2017. Check this page frequently for updated registration and event details.  For information about any of the above events, please contact Laura Lauffer at ldlauffe@ncat.edu or 336-285-4690.

Kitchen Incubators & Small Food Businesses in North Carolina: A Webinar for Small Business Counselors

May 24, 2017 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual | Online Registration

Presented by the North Carolina Growing Together Project at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems & the North Carolina Rural Center,  this webinar will train 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 Eastern Carolina Incubator Kitchen at James Sprunt Community College in Southeastern North Carolina – will discuss 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 will share a newly-developed directory of incubator kitchens, food hubs, and co-packers around the state.

Heirs Property & Succession Planning for Farmers, Foresters, and Landowners: Webinar

June 20, 2017 | 11 a.m. to noon | Virtual | Online Registration

Presented by the North Carolina Growing Together Project at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems & the North Carolina Rural Center,  this webinar will provide an overview of the importance of succession and estate planning to landowners and farmers around the state, with a special emphasis on the challenges and opportunities for heirs property cases.  You’ll also hear about ways that landowners can maximize their investments from land that is no longer in agricultural production, including through forestry management plans, conservation easements, hunting and wildlife leases, and more.

About the Instructor: Originally from Black Mountain NC, Mavis Gragg graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and Pepperdine School of Law. In her practice, Mavis synthesizes her professional experiences as a lawyer and mediator with her passion for helping individuals and families maintain and grow wealth. She accomplishes this by dedicating her energy to assisting her clients with estate planning, estate administration, and heirs property matters. Mavis particularly appreciates working with clients who have low to moderate wealth because she is able to counsel them in planning and problem solving that meets critical needs. Mavis enjoys being active in the legal community, having served in multiple positions with the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division and with local bar associations in Washington, D.C. and North Carolina. In 2013, she and her sister founded the Gragg Family Fund, which hosts college prep workshops for parents and provides financial support for youth to travel including Outward Bound and abroad. She also serves as President of the UNC-Chapel Hill Class of 1938 Endowment Committee and on the board of directors of Dispute Settlement Center.

Hosting Agriculture & Food Entrepreneurship Training at Your Community College: A Webinar for Small Business Counselors & Cooperative Extension Agents

July 18, 2017 | 11 a.m. to noon | Virtual | Online Registration

Presented by the North Carolina Growing Together Project at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems & the North Carolina Rural Center, this webinar features two highly successful food and farm business training programs from Southwestern Community College and Vance-Granville Community College. Join us to hear 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 will feature 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.

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.

Save the Date: The New Restaurant Model: Assisting Restaurants in a Farm-to-Table World

Setepmber 7, 2017 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual | Registration & details coming soon!

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

(Note: All Local Food Economies presentations made by NCGT staff members are available on the Local Food Economies Presentations page.)

2017

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 |

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

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

January 20, 2017 | Wholesale Success Workshops | 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