As a valuable supporter of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and sustainable agriculture issues, we are happy to introduce you to the first issue of the CEFS E-News. Periodically, we will be sending updates of upcoming CEFS activities & events as well as information that you may find interesting.
|CEFS Inaugural Sustainable Agriculture Lecture by Carlo Petrini Available
The long awaited video of the CEFS Inaugural Sustainable Agriculture Lecture by Carlo Petrini is now available on the CEFS website.Visit the CEFS website to view the video or transcript.
CEFS draws Carlo Petrini for inaugural lecture
by Natalie Hampton
Building and supporting a local food system in North Carolina was the
theme in May as the Center for Environmental Farming Systems hosted
Carlo Petrini at its inaugural lecture on sustainable agriculture.
Petrini is founder of Slow Food International, a movement that promotes
local food systems and encourages relationships between growers, chefs
Dr. Paul Mueller Receives Award
by Natalie Hampton
On October 22, Paul Mueller received the distinguished NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - College of Natural Resources Award for Service to Environment and Society during
the Borlaug Lecture.
CEFS Author Series Announces: John Ikerd
John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia
On Wednesday, November 7 author John Ikerd gave a lecture as part of the CEFS Author
Series. John was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and
received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from
the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time
and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at North
Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of
Georgia , and University of Missouri before retiring in early 2000.
Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on
issues relate to the sustainability of agriculture.
More complete background information and selected writings are available at http://web.missouri.edu/~Ikerd/ .
2007 Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Recap
We would like to thank all that participated in the 2007 CEFS Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture events. The attendance at all events surpassed our expectations!
CEFS Offered fifteen educational Workshops on topics ranging from Backyard Organic Gardening & Blueberry Pruning to Pasture Poultry & Goat Production to High Tunnel Production & Tomato Grafting as well as several workshop on Organic Grain Production. We are fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise of so many faculty between NCSU & NCA&TSU.
In 2007, CEFS held several events for the first time: the Sustainable Agriculture Lecture and the CEFS Author Series. Both events we started to try to capture community interest in local food systems and what role agriculture plays in everyone's lives.
On September 15th we held our Fall Festival, which was a tremendous success with over 1,000 attendees. While this event has grown over the last two years, we have decided to move the event to the spring to serve as a kick-off celebration for our Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture. Stay tuned for more information!
CEFS is excited to announce a new store on the Cafe' Press website
. Items include: short- and long-sleeved t-shirts (youth & adult sizes), baby one-sees and bibs, messenger bags & tote bags, aprons, coffee mugs and much more!
Please visit our store and help support CEFS!
|Mission & History of CEFS
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes food
and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local
communities, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and
North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T
State University established the Center for
Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) with the
North Carolina Department of Agriculture at the
Cherry Farm facility near Goldsboro, NC in 1994.
These partners work closely with state and federal
agencies, non-governmental organizations (for
example, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association,
Rural Advancement Foundation International,
Farm Bureau), farmers, and citizens to provide
agricultural research, extension, and education for
our state. The development of CEFS is a national
model for partnership, innovation, and
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Box 7609 - NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695