Upcoming Events

Looking for information on the Innovations in Agricultural Economic Development events? You’ll find full details for all three locations over at the Local Food Economies website.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP): Navigating the USDA GAP Audit One-Day Workshops

September 21, 2017 | Caswell County, NC | Online Registration

NC Growing Together, NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension, 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. Available resources, including consulting services, will be provided to growers who attend to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance that fulfills training verification requirements for those undergoing a GAP audit.

Location: Caswell County Cooperative Extension
126 Court Square, Agriculture Building
Yanceyville, NC 27379
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 for CFSA Members | $20.00 for non-members (includes lunch)

Registration can be found online at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events by September 18, 2017. With questions, please contact Marianna Spence at 919-­542‐2402 or by email at marianna@carolinafarmstewards.org.

November 7, 2017 | Carteret County, NC | Online Registration

NC Growing Together, NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension, 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. Available resources, including consulting services, will be provided to growers who attend to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance that fulfills training verification requirements for those undergoing a GAP audit.

Location: Carteret County Cooperative Extension
303 College Circle
Morehead City, NC 28557 ​
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 for CFSA Members | $20.00 for non-members (includes lunch)

Registration can be found online at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events by November 3, 2017. With questions, please contact Marianna Spence at 919-­542‐2402 or by email at marianna@carolinafarmstewards.org.

Grower-Buyer Meeting at CFSA’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference | November 3, 2017 | Durham, NC

NC Growing Together is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Grower-Buyer meeting at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference, which takes place in Durham November 3-5, 2017. The Grower-Buyer Meeting takes place from 5:15-6:15 on Friday, November 3. We are pleased to host another set of dynamic buyers and growers to make lasting connections and learn about the growing market for wholesale products from interested buyers. To learn more and register, please visit https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/grower-buyer-meet-up/.

With questions, please contact Laura Lauffer, Program Coordinator, Local Farms and Food, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University & Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina Growing Together Project, at 336-285-4690.

Food and Farm Business Development Webinar Series

Webinar: ABCs of Trademarking for NC Farm & Food Businesses

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

What you’ll learn: Is your company name important to you? Did you spend time and money developing a logo or a slogan? Small business owners who answer “Yes” should consider registering for a trademark as a way to protect the business brand. North Carolina’s trademarks registry is administered by the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office, while federal trademarks are overseen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This seminar focuses on various aspects of trademarks – from choosing between a federal or a state trademark or both to filing for one. Attendees can expect to get an overview of the costs, benefits and pitfalls of trademarks.

Several NC food and farm businesses have already learned the hard way that neglecting to register trademarks for their brand can have serious business consequences, including lawsuits and the expensive and difficult process of changing an existing brand. This seminar will help businesses and those who assist them – including Cooperative Extension agents and small business developers – understand how and why trademarks are an important business consideration.

Who you’ll meet: 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.

Webinar: Integrating Local Foods into Culinary Training Programs

November 13, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. | Virtual | Online Registration

What you’ll learn: North Carolina Community College culinary programs provide students with hands-on training in culinary arts, food safety and nutrition. Select colleges include local foods as a program focus, highlighting their use for seasonal menus and purchasing foods from local farms for use in teaching kitchens as an added educational value to help their graduates find and retain employment in the local food economy. This webinar will describe two dynamic programs, Central Carolina Community College’s Natural Chef Program and Asheville-Buncombe Technical College’s Culinary Program. Each director will share their curriculum emphasis, connections with local food providers, and menu planning for on-campus dining that provides both an educational opportunity and a market for local producers.

Who you’ll meet: Chef Greg Hamm, Central Carolina: Chef Hamm has worked in education for 18 years, in addition to owning a successful catering company, restaurant, and venue. Chef Hamm extended his teaching resume by developing the Culinary Institute at Central Carolina Community College. CCCI features programs that focus on locally farmed and sourced foods. Coursework includes nutrition, farm to table, catering, menu design, fermentation and preservation, therapeutic cuisine, and the new upcoming Culinary medicine program. The college offers a certificate in Farm to Table Entrepreneurship as well as full a Culinary A.A.S. with a farm to table focus and hosts the Natural Chef Café offering farm to table dining throughout the year.

Christina Harley, AB-Tech: Christina Harley has directed the AB Tech Culinary Program for 1 & 1/2 years. Christina has nearly 20 years of experience in the Foodservice Industry from Fine Dining to Community Nutrition. At A-B Tech Culinary Arts the curriculum focus on building the fundamentals of the “Whole Chef” through experiential learning of basic and advanced culinary skills, guest services, financial management, and purchasing just to name a few. The Culinary Arts program at AB Tech is ACFEF Accredited and has produced award winning competition teams, hosts an on-campus restaurant with a banquet room and five teaching kitchens and offers students internship opportunities with noted restaurants and hospitality operations in the southeast and beyond. A-B Tech Hospitality Education is celebrating its 50th year of providing quality Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management education to our community.

Download a one-page flyer of our 2017 webinar series here, or check out recorded webinars on YouTube.

You’ll also find NC Growing Together staff presenting at the following events:

September 12, 15, 19, 2017 | Innovations in Agricultural Economic Development Events | Ellerbe, Waynesville, and Henderson, NC
September 26-28, 2017 | APA-NC Annual Conference | Greenville, NC
October 17, 2017 | Pitt County Farm & Food Council | Greenville, NC
November 5-7, 2017 | SBC-SBTDC Joint Annual Conference | Concord, NC
November 14-15, 2017 | Cooperative Extension Local Foods Conference | Pittsboro, NC
November 31-December 1, 2017 | Statewide Food Councils Gathering | Davidson, NC

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

September 7, 2017 | Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshop | Wake County, NC

NC Growing Together, NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension, 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. Available resources, including consulting services, will be provided to growers who attend to assist with the implementation of an effective on-farm food safety program. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance that fulfills training verification requirements for those undergoing a GAP audit.

September 7, 2017 | Webinar: Assisting Food Businesses & Restaurants in a Farm-to-Table World | Virtual

Presented by the North Carolina Growing Together Project at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems & the North Carolina Rural Center on September 7, this webinar hosted Dani Black, CEO of Bigger Tables Consulting, to discuss specific food business and restaurant issues in sourcing, storing, and serving local foods.

August 10, 2017 | Webinar: Crowdfunding for Food and Farm Businesses | Virtual

Presented by the North Carolina Growing Together Project at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems & the North Carolina Rural Center on August 10, this webinar hosted Leo John, a representative of the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State’s Office, to cover recent developments in investment crowdfunding. 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, something many food and farm businesses across the country have successfully done.

August 9, 2017 | Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshop | Alamance County, NC 

NC Growing Together, NC State University, NC Cooperative Extension (Alamance 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.

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