2016 Small Farms Week
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. **
- 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.
- 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.
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