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NC Farm School
Locations for 2017!!!

We are happy to announce that there are locations that have decided to host NC Farm School in 2017! Do you have access to land and want to start farming? NC Farm School can help you! Attending NC Farm School will provide you a community of support with Agents, Local Farmers, University Specialist dedicated to making your dreams a reality by helping you develop an economically sustainable business plan for your farm. We supply one on one help with business consultants and a practical introduction to farm production techniques with Agents and Farmers who know based on experience. Thank you to the agents who are committed to bringing this program to your part of the state. Here are the Teams for 2017 so far: Catawba River NC Farm School GASTON COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, 1303 DALLAS-CHERRYVILLE HWY, DALLAS, NC 28034 Supporting Counties and Agents Lara Worden, Agriculture Agent, Gaston County (County Host) Der Xiong, Agrigulture Agent, Small Farms, Catawba County Ben Boyles, Agribuisness Agent, York County, SC Tom Dyson, County Extension Director, Lincoln County **Click here if you would like to attend in the southern piedmont** Eastern Piedmont NC Farm School FRANKLIN COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, 103 S. BICKETT BLVD, LOUISBURG, NC 27549 Supporting Counties and Agents Charles Mitchell, County Extension Director, Franklin County (County Host) Jeana Myers, Agriculture Agent- Horticulture, Wake County Carol Mitchell, Local Food Coordinatory, Wake County Martha L. Mobley, Agriculture Agent- Livestock, Franklin County Paul Mckenzie, Extension Agent- Agriculture, Vance and Warren County Kelsey Lichtenwalner, Agriculture Agent- Livestock, Warren County Matthew Stevens, Agriculture Agent- Commercial and Consumer Horticulture, Nash County **Click Here if you would like to attend in the eastern piedmont** Mills River NC Farm School MOUNTAIN HORTICULTURAL CROPS RESEARCH & EXTENSION CENTER, 455 RESEARCH DRIVE,  MILLS RIVER, NC 28759 Supporting Coutnies and Agents Marvin Ownings, Henderson County Sarah Scott, Haywood County Bart Renner, Transylvania County Addison Bradley, Transylvania County Scott Welborn, Polk County Molly Sandfoss, McDowell County Ross Young, Madison County Christy Bredenkamp, Jackson County Rob Hawk, Jackson County Hannah Bundy, Rutherford County Cliff Ruth, Buncombe County **Click Here if you would like to attend in Western North Carolina**

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gary and connie

NC Farm School
Locations for 2017!!!

We are happy to announce that there are locations that have decided to host NC Farm School in 2017! Do you have access to land and want to start farming? NC Farm School can help you! Attending NC Farm School will provide you a community of support with Agents, Local Farmers, University Specialist dedicated to making your dreams a reality by helping you develop an economically sustainable business plan for your farm. We supply one on one help with business consultants and a practical introduction to farm production techniques with Agents and Farmers who know based on experience. Thank you to the agents who are committed to bringing this program to your part of the state. Here are the Teams for 2017 so far: Catawba River NC Farm School GASTON COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, 1303 DALLAS-CHERRYVILLE HWY, DALLAS, NC 28034 Supporting Counties and Agents Lara Worden, Agriculture Agent, Gaston County (County Host) Der Xiong, Agrigulture Agent, Small Farms, Catawba County Ben Boyles, Agribuisness Agent, York County, SC Tom Dyson, County Extension Director, Lincoln County **Click here if you would like to attend in the southern piedmont** Eastern Piedmont NC Farm School FRANKLIN COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, 103 S. BICKETT BLVD, LOUISBURG, NC 27549 Supporting Counties and Agents Charles Mitchell, County Extension Director, Franklin County (County Host) Jeana Myers, Agriculture Agent- Horticulture, Wake County Carol Mitchell, Local Food Coordinatory, Wake County Martha L. Mobley, Agriculture Agent- Livestock, Franklin County Paul Mckenzie, Extension Agent- Agriculture, Vance and Warren County Kelsey Lichtenwalner, Agriculture Agent- Livestock, Warren County Matthew Stevens, Agriculture Agent- Commercial and Consumer Horticulture, Nash County **Click Here if you would like to attend in the eastern piedmont** Mills River NC Farm School MOUNTAIN HORTICULTURAL CROPS RESEARCH & EXTENSION CENTER, 455 RESEARCH DRIVE,  MILLS RIVER, NC 28759 Supporting Coutnies and Agents Marvin Ownings, Henderson County Sarah Scott, Haywood County Bart Renner, Transylvania County Addison Bradley, Transylvania County Scott Welborn, Polk County Molly Sandfoss, McDowell County Ross Young, Madison County Christy Bredenkamp, Jackson County Rob Hawk, Jackson County Hannah Bundy, Rutherford County Cliff Ruth, Buncombe County **Click Here if you would like to attend in Western North Carolina**

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Successful Farm's of
our Alumni

NC Farm School's mission is to help you realize your dreams of owning your own farm by helping you create a sustainable and financially viable farm business plan. Many of our graduates have gone on to create successful operations with what they gained from completing our program. Here are some of the farms of our graduates, click the picture and check them out. If you are one of our graduates and would like to be featured here contact us at ncfarmschool@ncsu.edu. Hear from our graduates what the value of NC Farm School is and why you should attend. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRs9EwHZBrM[/embed] "If you can't make it work on paper you're not going to able to make it work" -Linda and Al Hutchison, Farm Haven, Tobaccoville, NC https://ncfarmhaven.com/ [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F15WBu7dD9o[/embed] "NC Farm School made us aware of valuable resources" -Patricia and Marshall Lyons, Lyons and Wade Family Farm, Raeford, NC https://www.facebook.com/LyonsAndWadeFamilyFarm/

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What is NC Farm
School?

I see the benefits...I just get excited -Gary Bullen, NC Farm School Director Who we are: A community of agents, university specialists, and local farmers utilizing the resources of local county extension offices, the Ag Resource and Economic Department at NC State University, and local farmers. Our mission: Increase the number of sustainable and economically viable farms in North Carolina Our Offerings: The NC Farm School Program Eight business-planning seminars taught by extension specialist, agents, and experienced farmers. These sessions give students the tools to create viable farm business plans over an 7 month time frame. The school is easy to fit into a busy schedule by providing one class each month and each business session focuses on different areas of a business plan, including financial management and effective marketing strategies. The goal of NC Farm School is to allow a pathway of success for farmers to generate profitable businesses. The program also includes six field trips to working farms led by innovative, experienced farmers and agricultural professionals. Participants learn economically sustainable farming methods in a range of production systems, including fruits, vegetables, specialty crops, poultry, animal husbandry, and agritourism. NC Farm School Summit We provide one day each year where anyone is welcome to come experience NC Farm School training. You can expect to see NC Farm School graduates, NC Cooperative Extension agents, university specialist, and farmers coming together to provide various specialized topical training. It is a whole day dedicated to help answer the challenges of operating a farm. NC Farm School Workshops We realize that we cannot cover every aspect of starting a farm with eight classes. NC Farm School workshops are dedicated to the topics that our students wanted need particular attention on. These workshops are open to the public. Look for announcements on our website.

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We like field days
and we think you will too

Thanks to Kelsey Lichtenwalner you can find out what you can expect on our field days and what you will gain from some of the experiences NC Farm School has to offer. In our program we work hard to put the business and practical production examples together so you know what to expect on your journey to a new farm. This will provide you a complete picture of what your farm could look like as you are making plans. Here are a few examples of what students experienced in 2016. Our Nash County Trip Our Franklin County Trip Our Wake County Trip

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Why Agents invest in
NC Farm School

Pam Jones and Danelle McNight Cutting talk about why NC Farm School is important to them... "I want to help farmers...we are supposed to help farmers be the best that they can be." - Danelle "We are able to offer this intensive experience for them...."  - Pam Mary Jac Brennan talks about why NC Farm School is an important investment to her... "We empower people who are new to agriculture....we give them tools so they can be successful" - Mary Jac NC Farm School Mission Increase the number of economically sustainable farms that improve the quality of life of North Carolina’s farmers, families, and communities. NC Cooperative Extension Service Mission The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.

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