College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Small Farms Week

Robeson County Growers are 2022 Small Farmers of the Year  

Millard and Connie Locklear of New Ground Farm, LLC, were named Small Farmers of the Year on Wednesday as part of Cooperative Extension at A&T's 36th annual Small Farms Week.   [Read the Full Story]

Small Farms Week 2022 honors the small-scale growers who put food on our tables.

Our 36th annual Small Farms week celebration runs from March 21 to 26. Events will be held virtually, and satellite sites will hold “watch parties” to allow people across North Carolina to participate in the Small Farmers’ Appreciation program on Wednesday, March 23. Those sites are Cooperative Extension offices in Warren, Stanly, Martin, Madison, Columbus, and Alleghany counties (COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed). 


Registration Information - March 23rd Luncheon

Find a Small Farms Week Event

Small Farms Week virtual events will be held at satellite sites in the counties indicated below and through Facebook Live!

Join us for online educational sessions 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tues.March 22; 9 a.m.-noon Wed. March 23; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs. March 24. and for the presentation of the Small Farmer of the Year Award. from 11 a.m.-noon March 23.

Go to N.C. A&T Cooperative Extension Facebook page and click the videos tab.

Course Registration

To view the program and register for virtual courses, please click here.

Small Farms Week 2022 will offer

  • Educational programs on small-scale animal production, plant production, natural resource management, swine production and hemp production.
  • Information on the impact of climate change and COVID-19 on agriculture and rural communities.
  • The Small Farmer’s Appreciation Program, featuring a keynote address by fifth-generation black farmer P.J. Haynie and the announcement of the 2022 Small Farmer of the Year.
  • Updates on initiatives in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, including the Small Farms Resource and Innovation Center and the Small Farms Task Force.
  • Resources for students interested in careers in agriculture and environmental sciences.

Join us in recognizing the people who are the engine of North Carolina’s $96 billion agricultural sector!


Small Farms Week Platinum Sponsor, Southern SARE
Small Farms Week Gold Sponsor, Farm Bureau

Platinum ($10,000 - $14,999)

  • Southern SARE

Bronze ($1,000 - $2,499)

  • Fletcher and Renee Barber, Ph.Ds.
  • Barbara Board, Ph.D.
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Corn Growers Association of N.C.
  • N.C. State Grange
  • Veronica G. Robinson

Gold ($5,000 - $9,999)

  • NC Farm Bureau

Friend ($500 - $999)

  • Ag and Natural Resources Unit

  • Bojangles

  • N.C. Soybean Producers Association

  • Eugene Parker

  • Velma R. Speight, Ph.D.

  • T.W. Garner Foods

  • USDA — Farm Service Agency

  • USDA — N.C. Office

  • Morris F. White, III

  • Deborah Womack

Silver ($2,500 - $4,999)

  • Carolina Farm Credit, ACA
  • First Citizens Bank & Trust Company
  • Syngenta

Supporter ($100 - $499)

  • Biscuitville
  • Cheerwine
  • Valarie P. Diggs
  • Duplin Winery
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Katrina Marsh
  • Mount Olive Pickles
  • N.C. Sweet Potato Commission
  • Col. Sandy L. Royster
  • Lin Zhao