CANCELED: NC Celebrates Small Farms Week, March 22 – 28
March 3, 2020 – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s annual tribute to small-scale agriculture begins March 22 with events and educational programs designed to educate the public and provide research-based information to assist small farmers.
The 34th annual Small Farms Week is presented by Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University with the theme of “Inspiring Farmers, Sustaining Farms.” Events will be held across the state with the goal of providing farmers who have limited income and acreage with information that can help them become more resilient and profitable. The general public is also encouraged to attend educational events, farm tours, and demonstrations.
“Small farmers are essential to North Carolina’s agricultural sector. In fact, they comprise about 80% of all farms and $91.8 billion-dollar industry,” said Rosalind Dale, Ed.D., Extension administrator at N.C. A&T State University and Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. “Small Farms Week recognizes their efforts to provide fresh, local food and also offers a lot of information that farmers can use to increase profit margins while acting as stewards of our natural resources.”
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Durham County Center will host a several events in Durham County during March that will complement Small Farms Week. These events include:
- Mushroom Log Workshop: March 7, 1–4 p.m., 721 Foster St.
- First Season Gardening: March 8, 3–4 p.m., S. Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
- Briggs Ave. Garden Workday: March 13, 9 a.m.–noon, 1314 S. Briggs Ave.
- Nutrient Management in the Garden: March 19, 3–5 p.m., 721 Foster St.
- Beekeeping Training: March 20, 11 a.m., 1314 S. Briggs Ave.
- Briggs Avenue Garden Workday, with Beekeeping Experience: 9 a.m.–1 p.m., 1314 S. Briggs Ave.
- Briggs Ave. Garden Workday: March 21, 9 a.m.–noon, 1314 S. Briggs Ave.
- Moss Gardening: March 22, 3–4 p.m., S. Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
A kickoff event preceding Small Farms Week takes place on March 20 in Murphy, NC the home of the 2019 Small Farmers of the Year, Harold and Nancy Long. As owners of Long Family Farms and Gallery, the Longs grow heirloom vegetables and tend heritage breeds of livestock on their diversified mountain farm. They also save seeds and assembled garden kits, which are sold to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and distributed to members of the tribe to help preserve traditional varieties and improve access to fresh produce.
The highlight of Small Farms Week will be the March 25 appreciation luncheon on the N.C. A&T State University campus in Greensboro, which includes recognition of the 2020 Small Farmer of the Year. Campus events also include educational programs, demonstrations of technological innovations, and a student cooking competition.
For more information on Small Farms Week, Cooperative Extension, or to register for events, contact (919) 560-0525 or visit our Events page.