2019 NC Farm School Down East – Submit Your Application NOW!

Posted On September 15, 2018— Written By

After a successful school in 2018 with students from eight counties,  NC Farm School Down East is looking for its next crop of students. If you have ever thought about being an agricultural entrepreneur and need help learning the business aspect of farming, this school is for you. Successful students, completing the NC Farm School Down East, will have a marketable business plan in hand based upon years of successful experience from NC State University Specialists, and N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents.

Nine evening sessions, taught at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, will emphasize planning, risk management, finance, and marketing. Activities will directly relate to your farm’s business plan. There will be five optional field days throughout the region where students will have the opportunity to have their boots on the ground to meet local farmers and agriculture professionals. These field days provide the student with a first-hand look at how farm management works. Classes will run from January through May.

gardenersIn addition to classes and field days, the specialist will meet one-on-one with students, on their farm, to consult about their business enterprise. Students will get to know the Cooperative Extension agents and resources that pertain to their specific farm operations in the region. These Extension agents will provide ongoing support after Farm School is over. Check out a recent NC Farm School graduate’s account of how the school impacted his business.

Applications for farm school are due by January 3, 2019. Cost is $399 for an individual and $599 for a couple. An interest meeting will be held in Greenville on November 8, 2018, at 6 p.m. at the Pitt County Ag Center, 403 Government Circle in Greenville.

For more information or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact Gene Fox, Area Consumer Horticulture Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension, Beaufort County Center at (252)946-0111 or email at gene_fox@ncsu.edu.

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