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NCFS 2024 Southeast- Johnston County

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2736 NC-210 Highway, Smithfield, NC 27577 Suite A



Classroom sessions will be held on the dates below from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Snacks, drinks, course material, and online resources will be provided.

February 12th and 26th

March 11th and 25th

April 8th and 22nd

May 6th and 21st


Program cost is $300 per person or $550 per double registration


Field days will be held on the dates below in the counties listed from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., lunch will be provided. Details will be announced two weeks prior to Field Days.

February 21st: Wayne County

March 20th: Lee County

April 17th: Harnett County

May 15th: Wilson County

May 29th: Johnston County


Agent Team:

(Hosting agents indicated with an asterisk)

Bryant Spivey* County Extension Director- Agriculture- Field Crops Johnston County
Nicole Youngblood* Extension Agent, Agricultural – Marketing & Communications Johnston County
Seth Ballance* Extension Agent, Agriculture – Commercial Horticulture Johnston County
Amanda Wilkins Extension Agent, Agriculture – Horticulture Lee County
Meredith Favre Extension Agent, Local Foods Lee County
Jared Butler Extension Agent, Agriculture – Field Crops, Livestock Lee County
Norman Harrell County Extension Director – Agriculture, Field Crops Wilson County
Jessica Manning Extension Agent, Agriculture – Livestock Wilson County
Tommy Batts Extension Agent, Agriculture – Commercial Horticulture Wilson County
Daryl Anderson Extension Agent, Agriculture Wayne County
Selena McKoy Extension Agent, Agriculture – Commercial/Consumer Horticulture Harnett County


  • Is attendance mandatory? We encourage in-person attendance to get the most from NCFS but we respect preferences and schedule requirements for all students. We expect students to attend 6 of the 8 sessions based on how they indicated attendance on their application. We also expect a completed basic business plan to receive a graduate certificate. Field day attendance is not required as a part of the graduation requirement but field day attendance will be in person only.
  • When are applications due? Applications are reviewed and accepted monthly from September-January or until all program spots are full. All applications are due on or before January 5th 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.
  • How will I know if I was accepted? If you have applied, those who are accepted will receive an email notification along with payment terms and instructions.
  • What does the tuition cover? 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.
  • Are there online-based resources? 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.
  • Are farm consultations included? 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.
  • Are there discounts? If you have attended small farm boot camp you will receive a $25 discount for a single or double registration.

For specific questions about billing or for persons with disabilities and persons with limited English proficiency may request accommodations to participate by contacting Bryant Spivey, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Johnston County Center at 919-989-5380,, at least 10 business days prior to the event.