2016 Small Farms Week

Small Farms Week 2016 - Our Pride, Our Future: North Carolina Small Farmers 

The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T observes a milestone anniversary this year, with the 30th Annual Small Farms Week (SFW) celebration, scheduled for March 20-26, 2016.

Public help and input are needed to make it the most notable ever celebration of small-scale agriculture and institutional pride. Supporters are asked to donate to two food drives: one on campus and one designed as a statewide effort to help feed North Carolina’s food-insecure residents.

WHAT: Small Farms Week is an annual observance of small-scale agriculture and the farmers that produce it. Farm tours; workshops on land retention, vegetable production, pastured poultry and season-extension practices and more; 2016 North Carolina Small Farmer of the Year announced. REGISTRATION REQUIRED *

WHEN: Events on March 21, 22 & 23*

SUPPORT: Qualifying farmers are eligible for financial support for an overnight stay to attend events. **

BACKGROUND:

  • A&T, a land-grant institution with a mission of agricultural education and outreach, was founded in 1891 and is celebrating the 125th anniversary of that origin this year. Theme: Our Pride, Our Future.
  • Small Farms Week is observing its 30th anniversary and in dual tribute to farmers and the university’s proud history, is using the theme, Our Pride, Our Future: North Carolina Small Farmers.

 

PARTICIPATION:

  • Cooperative Extension at A&T is asking all 101 Cooperative Extension Centers across the state to collect at least 125 nonperishable food items during Small Farms Week. *** Proceeds remain in the respective communities to help feed food-insecure residents.
  • Participants of campus-based Small Farms Week activities on March 22 and 23, donate canned goods to go to Guilford County-area food banks. ****
  • SFW campus collections will combine with donations from School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences staff, which oversees Cooperative Extension.

Click the following links to get more information about:

*Registering for Small Farms Week

**SFW scholarships for farmers

***Food drive with 101 Cooperative Extension Centers

****Food drive for the SAES

Small Farms Week 2016 Sponsors