2018 NC Farm School Down East

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Pitt County Extension Center, Greenville, North Carolina: NC Farm School Business Training is coming to Eastern North Carolina. N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents from several eastern counties are hosting those who are interested in developing a business plan for a farm enterprise. This training program will expose farmers, new or experienced, to how to start or diversify a farming operation with classroom training and opportunities to visit local farms in the area.

Students of the program learn how to make a farming enterprise a profitable endeavor with eight classroom sessions that provide the support and templates students need. These classroom sessions are reinforced by successful farmers A mother and her two daughters gathering eggsfrom the area providing tours of their operations. Local farmers explaining key production principles connected to learning in the classroom is a feature past students say is of key importance. NC Farm School graduate David Brown says, “I like these trips because you can actually see it….to see how people are making it work is really helpful.”

Leigh Guth, Pitt County Extension Director, is excited about this new opportunity for Eastern North Carolina, “Whether they are transitioning from tobacco or beginning on their first acreage, farmers need to know how to make their endeavors profitable to be able to keep their land.” Guth has recruited a team of agents in Eastern North Carolina to join her in supporting the program. These agents play a critical role in connecting students to a network of support in their communities.

The NC Farm School Down East team invites you to join us for this unique opportunity. There are two informational sessions scheduled for the NC Farm School Down East, New Bern, NC on December 5th and Greenville, NC on December 6th, please click on the city near you for further event information or contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office. In Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell, or Washington Counties contact Gene Fox at 252/946-0111 or gene_fox@ncsu.edu. Details and registration for the NC Farm School Down East can be also be found online at: https://ncfarmschool.ces.ncsu.edu/

If you are a beginning farmer, transitioning back to the family farm,  or looking at adding to your bottom line, don’t let this tremendous opportunity to attend a local NC Farm School pass you by!
Pictured Above: Jennifer Rosencrans, a graduate of 2015 NC Farm School with her daughters. She and husband Ben own Crossings Farm in Lexington, NC.