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.
Increase the number of sustainable and economically viable farms in North Carolina
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, N.C. 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.