Small Farms Resources at NC A&T State University

Annual Farm to Fork fundraiser comes soon in June

tractor_iconOne of the major players in the annual Farm to Fork Community Picnic  is the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, a joint undertaking for promotion of sustainable agriculture by A&T, N.C. State and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences. The 2015 Farm to Fork Community Picnic will be Sunday, June 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the W.C. Breeze Family Farm Extension and Research Center north of Hillsborough.

A number of acclaimed chefs from Piedmont restaurants will be showing their support for locally grown foods by serving up some dishes that convert meat and produce from local farms into gourmet cuisine. Tickets are $100 for adults, and $50 for youth 13 to 20. They can be purchased online.

Activities have been added for Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, to extend the annual Piedmont celebration of locally grown foods to a three-day weekend. There will be a kickoff dinner at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Friday, June 5 (there too, featuring the handiwork of acclaimed North Carolina chefs) and the featured speaker will be Paul Greenberg, author of the New York Times bestseller, Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. Time magazine has cited Greenberg’s work as a seminal argument for supplanting current approaches to seafood harvesting with sustainable aquaculture through international agreements policies that amalgamate fishing  and oceanic conservation. On Saturday, June 6, Greenberg will be among the fishing industry experts speaking at a Clam & Mullet Bake panel discussion (at a Durham location to be announced) where the focus will be the future of American seafood production and industries.

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