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NCFS 2023 Piedmont- Central NC

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Classroom sessions will be held on the dates below from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Stanly County Extension Center, 26032-E Newt Rd., Albemarle, NC 28001. Snacks, drinks, course material, and online resources will be provided.

February 7th

February 21st

March 7th

March 21st

April 11th

April 25th

May 9th

May 23rd

Program cost is $399 per person or $599 per pair


Field day locations will be in the counties below at the dates listed. Field days run from 8:30 a.m. arrival time to a 3:00 p.m. departure and the specific locations and farms are TBD. Field days will be announced along with an agenda for the farms we will attend in class prior to the event. A local lunch is provided and group transportation from county offices will be available.

March 2nd -Cabarrus County

March 30th -Stanly County

April 27th – Rowan County

May 18th- Union County

June 1st- Anson County

Graduation- TBD


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  • NC Farm School is offered in person and online(virtually), students who apply must declare their method of attendance as a part of their application. We encourage in-person attendance to get the most from NCFS but we respect preferences and schedule requirements for all students. Field days will be in person only.
  • Applications are reviewed and accepted monthly from September-January or until all program spots are full. All applications are due on or before January 13th or until the program spots are full. We cap the class at 30 people to ensure we have the capacity to serve each student well.
  • If you have applied, those who are accepted will receive an email notification along with payment terms and instructions.
  • Our program is subsidized and the cost you see reflected is a portion of the cost it requires to run the program. This is thanks to sponsors and state funding made available to help start and support farms in NC. Those dollars go to local food, local farmers, course materials, program development, and our graduation event which is open for all students to attend with a guest.
  • We expect students to attend 6 of the 8 sessions and complete a minimum business plan required to receive a graduate certificate.
  • Field day attendance is not required as a part of the graduation requirement but attendance will be in person only.
  • We will use internet technology and we have a student-based website as well as an online/interactive business planning tool. The program embraces all learning styles and completion of a business plan is possible in multiple formats.
  • This program includes an on-farm consultation visit and students are expected to sign up for their on-farm visit based on a scheduled availability communicated via email and sign-up link.

For specific questions about billing or for persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Katelyn Stegall, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Stanley County Center at 704-983-3987,, at least 10 business days prior to the event.