Past Events

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

Local Foods Feast and Keynote
Friday, Nov 11 at 6:30 PM
Sheraton Imperial, Durham NC


Join us for a magical evening at the Local Foods Feast and Keynote!

This mouthwatering meal made with only the best in-season, sustainably grown ingredients supplied by local farms is one of the highlights of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference.

Our keynote is world-renowned local food advocate and best-selling author of This Organic Life, Joan Dye Gussow. A passionate supporter of organic, local food and small, family farms, Joan has spent a lifetime championing the idea that locally-grown food eaten in season makes sense -- economically, ecologically, and gastronomically. Joan has not made a presentation of this kind in over 3 years; don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to hear from a living legend! Her speech about the connection between the way we grow food and the healthiness of what we eat will inspire and challenge.

Proceeds from the event will support the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s work helping people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods.

To buy tickets to the Feast – $50 each – visit http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/, call Alice Alexander at (919) 824-4799, email alice@carolinafarmstewards.org, or mail to CFSA, PO Box 448, Pittsboro NC 27312

Want to do even more to support local foods and organic farms? Become a Local Foods Feast sponsor! call Alice at (919) 824-4799, or email alice@carolinafarmstewards.org

4th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival
Becoming one of the premier local food festivals of the season, the Pittsboro Pepper Festival is a can't miss event for lovers of local food and drink.

Who: Local food and drink lovers, Family friendly...lots of kids!

Who else: 25 Local Chefs serving pepper dishes, local breweries, winery, meadery from around the Piedmont, a King and Queen, local organizations working on hunger prevention, sustainable agriculture, local economy, and more.

What: Local food, beer festival, pepper tasting, live music (bands TBA), great community

Where: Chatham County, Briar Chapel community park

When: Sunday, October 2nd 4-7pm

Why: To celebrate local food and drink, educate the public on the importance of local agriculture, and to have a good time!

**This is the main fundraiser for The Abundance Foundation and Piedmont Biofarm, a research farm in Pittsboro.

Feeding the Bull City Film & Discussion Series

Transition Durham invites our community to join in the Feeding the Bull City movie and discussion series on the future of food in Durham. This flier shows the locations, dates and times for this series running from July – November this year, as well as more detail about the first event.

The films serve as catalysts to motivate, but we also hope to mobilize participants through event activities. We are eager to hear your ideas about how these activities can engage and connect people and groups in developing the local food system in Durham as well as projects they can work on after, building on the momentum generated.

Durham is rich with successful local restaurants, a thriving Farmers Market, church, school, and community gardens, and local businesses, non-profits, and community groups working on various aspects of the food sector. And we believe there is room for increased awareness, collaboration, action and policies that will increase food security by expanding access to local, healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food.

SUPPORT: Organizers are still looking for support and co-sponsors. Please contact Jane Norton at 919-490-1849 or jane@design-with-nature.com if you are interested and able to help.



Tickets on Sale for 2011 Farm to Fork Picnic - Sunday, June 26 SOLD OUT!

Please join us for the region's most exciting, diverse, and delicious event celebrating local food and local farms!

2011 Farm to Fork Picnic
Sunday, June 26
4 to 7 pm

Rain or shine!

W.C. Breeze Family Farm
4909 Walnut Grove Church Road
Hurdle Mills, NC (just outside Hillsborough)

In a unique collaboration, some of our region's most talented cooks will pair with Piedmont farmers to prepare a picnic-style feast that celebrates our local foods and the people who grow and make them. The meal will offer the opportunity to taste beautifully prepared, farm-fresh food representing the bounty and diversity of our region, as well as a wide assortment of locally crafted foodstuffs including farmstead cheese, pickles, preserves, breads, pastries, beer, wine, and cured meat.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at farmtoforknc.com. Tickets are $60 per person, and $50 per person for members of Slow Food Triangle, Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), or Friends of Breeze Farm.

All proceeds benefit CEFS and PLANT at Breeze Farm - A Farm Enterprise Incubator designed to help grow new farms and farmers across North Carolina. Learn more about the PLANT project.

Sponsors include 3Cups, Counter Culture Coffee, Haw River Wine Man, The Splinter Group, and the NC Agriculture Foundation.

Stay tuned for a list of participating restaurants and farms!

AHA Presents Lunch Line, November 10th, 2010
Meredith College

The documentary Lunch Line takes a new look at the school lunch program by exploring its past, current challenges and opportunities for the future. The National School Lunch Program began in 1946, and now more than 60 years later, the program feeds more than 31 million children every day. In the film, leaders from all sides of the school food debate including government officials, school foodservice experts, activists and students, weigh in on the program and discuss ways to continue nourishing America’s children for another 60 years.

Give Me Your Hunger

Lunch Line follows six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch—and end up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. The film tracks the behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in the 1940s, 1960s and 1980s to the present, revealing political twists, surprising alliances and more common ground than people might realize.

Lunch Line illustrates that while the National School Lunch Program has become an easy target for critics, the program has a unique capacity for addressing child welfare, the public good and the problem of hunger. Revealing the history and complexity of these issues, Lunch Line shows how those on all sides of the lunch line can work together for a common good: the health of America’s kids.

Co-producer Michael Graziano will be on hand after the film to discuss the film and talk about what is next for the future of school meals. Tickets are $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. All proceeds will go to AHA sponsored school health initiatives in Wake County.

To purchase tickets for the 1 pm showing, click here.

To purchase tickets to the 6 pm showing, click here.

For questions, or to purchase group tickets, please contact Laura Aiken at laiken@wakemed.org or (919) 350-8366. A reduced ticket price of $6.00 will be offered to groups of 15 or more.

Duke Food Week: October 25-29, 2010
Food Week is a collaborative awareness campaign at Duke highlighting food and its links to social justice, health, and the environment. Each themed day includes speakers, events, and activities, wrapping up with the finale Duke Iron Chef 2010: Pumpkin, focused on sustainable ingredients.

Monday: Kick-Off
Tuesday: Social Justice
Wednesday: Undernutrition
Thursday: Obesity
Friday: Environment

Learn how YOUR choices as food consumers impact the local, domestic, and global community!!

Check out the official Food Week website at http://foodatduke.wordpress.com/ for the complete schedule and more.
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TerraVita Showcases Local Food Talent
Saturday, October 16, from 1–5 p.m. on The Village Green in the Southern Village, Chapel Hill, NC

A Slow Food member and community friend has organized TerraVITA, an upcoming event that will bring together many of the best chefs from across the state, known for their use of locally grown produce from farmers devoted to sustainable practices. In addition to the amazing food, there will be more than 80 organically-grown and Biodynamic wines from around the world, sustainable microbrewers and organic coffee and tea producers, all dedicated to environmentally-responsible production practices.

TerraVITA will take place Saturday, October 16, from 1–5 p.m. on The Village Green in the Southern Village community of Chapel Hill, NC. The tickets are $65 and include all food and beverage tastings. 100% of silent auction proceeds will be divided between Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) and TABLE, a local non-profit dedicated to providing nutritious food for children at risk for hunger.

Big Al Hall & the Marching Rams will play bluegrass all afternoon, while the Education Tent will provide an opportunity to experience cooking demonstrations and engage with industry leaders like Andrew Gunther and Lex Alexander.

Who is participating: Crook's Corner, Nana's, Herons, Bonne Soiree, Carolina Crossroads, Six Plates, Watt’s Grocery, Fearrington House, 18 Seaboard, Early Girl Eatery, Lucky 32, Chef & The Farmer, Il Palio, Elaine’s on Franklin, Saxapahaw General Store, Zely & Ritz, Angelina’s Kitchen, On The Square, Market Restaurant, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Mimosa Grill, Bernardin’s, Neal’s Deli, Sweet Basil’s, J. Betski’s, The Pig, New Belgium Brewery, PEAK Organic, Bonterra, SIP, Banfi Vintners, Savio Soares, Joe Van Gogh, Chapel Hill Wine Company, De Maison Selections, Carrboro Coffee Company, 3CUPS, Teatulia, Eel River, and more…

For a complete list of participants, more information on the event or to purchase tickets, go to www.terravitaevent.com.

3rd Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival
October 3rd, 2010 4-7pm

http://theabundancefoundation.org/pepper-festival

The festival offers more than 40 different varieties of peppers from Farmer Doug Jones to taste and rank, many local chefs will be showing off their creativity with pepper dishes using our local peppers, local habanero beer from Triangle Brewery and local wine, spicy tunes from the Holy Ghost Tent Revival and a few minutes of education. Bring the kids and come on out!

Proceeds will benefit the Abundance Foundation and Piedmont Biofarm Breeding and Research Program which is responsible for developing superior strains of vegetables especially adapted to our local soils and climate.

Get in Touch with the Earth Through Sustainable Gardening!
(submitted by member Karen Bearden)
October 10, 2010
1:00-4:00pm

How we farm and eat is one of the greatest contributors to climate change. It can also be one of the greatest solutions by encouraging and supporting more sustainable, organic local farms! Join us on 10/10/10 as we gather in areas around Raleigh, Wendell, Chapel Hill, Louisburg, and Hillsborough as part of 350.org's Global Work Party. We'll be working in the fields of six local farms, gardens, or community garden.

Please consider carpooling with friends. Work at the farms and gardens will include such things as seeding cover crops, weeding, harvesting, and cleaning the hen house. The afternoon begins at 1:00 pm with a local foods potluck. Please be sure to wear work clothes and comfortable work shoes. Don't forget to bring work gloves, a local dish of food to share, your own plate and silverware and water or beverage of choice. We want to make sure that all we leave behind at the farm is work so please do not bring disposable items. Whatever you bring with you must leave with you. After folks have fueled up from yummy local food we will get to work until 4:00 pm.

Please RSVP here and then go to the NC Conservation Network site for more information and to register for a particular farm. Thanks to those of you who have already signed up!

Also, join us a few days before our 10/10/10 workday to watch the movie Age of Stupid, produced by Frances Armstrong (who started the 10/10 movement in the UK and a partner with 350.org). The movie will be shown Tuesday, October 5th at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh at 7 pm.

Pledge to eat 10 percent of your existing food dollars on foods produced in North Carolina with the Center for Environmental Farm Systems 10% Campaign at www.nc10percent.com!

Check out this video about the connection between climate change and our food system.

350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand.

Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.

Our focus is on the number 350–as in parts per million CO2. If we can't get below that, scientists say, the damage we're already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate. But 350 is more than a number–it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

ChathamArts Showing "Hungry For Green"
7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28
The Barn at Fearrington Village
2000 Village Center, Pittsboro, NC, 27312
Tickets: $3 for students, $5 for adults

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Join ChathamArts in the Fearrington Barn for another edition in their Sustainable Cinema Series. Filmmaker Matthew Barr presents his latest documentary "Hungry For Green", one of the first films to tie together issues of agricultural sustainability and the worldwide problem of hunger. It underscores what each of us can do—whether as farmers or as consumers—to influence how food is produced in this country and around the world. Ken Burns says: "This is an important film that underscores the urgency of achieving agriculture sustainability to help alleviate hunger and protect our natural environment." Shown with short films from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University's Summer Institute on sustainable agriculture, building and energy. Panel discussion follows.

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Food & Water Watch’s Campaign Kick Off Meeting
Thursday September 16th from 7-8pm
Founder’s Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh
3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh NC, 27607

Please RSVP at http://tiny.cc/modfh

In the last 20 years, North Carolina has come to have more pigs than people. This is a huge environmental and public health problem, because every day, these pigs produce 40 million gallons of waste. This waste leaks into the rivers, streams, and drinking water of North Carolina. It also means that virtually all the barbecue

The good news is that factory pig farming can be different. With a few changes to our state law, these pig farmers can be required to change their worst practices of manure disposal.

This Fall, as many of our elected officials are running for reelection, we have the rare opportunity to show them that we care about changing some of the worst practices of factory farming.

That is why Food & Water Watch is launching a campaign to hold our Representatives accountable. It is really important that we show them that we care about making factory farms better for the environment. North Carolinians all around the state are getting thousands of petitions signed, building a buzz in the media, and building a strong coalition.

"Holy Mole! The Spirit of Food and the People Behind It"
September 17-18th
Durham, NC.

Holy Mole aims to explore the existing and potential partnerships between growers, migrant farmworkers and their families with local, slow and organic food movements using gastronomy and visual arts as a bond between them.

On Saturday, September 18th, at Durham Central Park Holy Mole will hold an afternoon of hands on classes on how to make Mexican delicacies, as well as other instructional sessions, exhibitions and information tables. Special guest Doña Guillermina Garcia of Mujeres Sin Fronteras will be teaching us how to make Mole, a traditional Mexican dish richly steeped in culture and flavor. In addition, the day’s activities will culminate in a dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. where discussion leaders, other invited participants and the public in general will have the opportunity to exchange ideas in small groups while eating the food prepared during the workshops.

There will also be an exhibit of photographs and video screenings made by farmworker youth at Room 100 Gallery, Golden Belt on Friday, September 17th from 6-9 p.m.

Funds raised will support the Fuller Housing Project and NC FIELD Coalition for housing for 2 farmworker families as well as relief for food scarcity amongst the farmworker communities of NC.

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Fun for Families, Foodies, and Farm Lovers on this weekend’s Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

The fifth annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour, which takes place this weekend (Sept 18 and 19) from 1:00 – 5:00 pm both days, provides many opportunities for fun on the farm. The tour, sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), features 23 farms and includes produce and livestock, mushrooms, honeybees, a new vineyard, and more.

Complete information about the farms, with directions and contact information, is available at: www.carolinafarmstewards.org

Special Events:

  • Two Ton Farm will host a talk on urban fruit trees and forest gardens at 1:30 both days.
  • Humbug Farm will have farm dog demonstrations throughout the day on Sunday.
  • Many farms will be selling produce, meat, eggs, cheeses and other farm-fresh products during the tour. Bring a cooler!

For information on everything from hayrides to cheese making, and even peacocks, Percheron draft horses, and pigs on pasture, visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org. Tour tickets, a tour guide and maps are also available at www.carolinafarmstewards.org. The tour cost is $25 in advance per vehicle or cycle group, and passes may also be purchased on tour days at every tour farm for $30. Proceeds support the work of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

Put 'em Up! Book Signings & Canning Demos
Please help us in welcoming longtime Slow Food activist and regional leader, Sherri Brooks Vinton, to the Triangle. Canning, fermenting, freezing, drying – just a few of the many ways eaters can preserve the fantastic flavors of locally grown foods. Whether you’re a canning novice or preservation pro, this book gives you all of the information you need to Put ‘em Up! Includes over 150 recipes that range from classics such as Bread and Butter Pickles and Homemade Apple Sauce to flavors that reflect more modern tastes such as Cherry Preserves with Black Pepper and Strawberry Vodka. Fully illustrated with color photos throughout.

Tuesday, Sept. 7
7-8pm
Flyleaf Books


Put 'em Up! Canning Demonstration @ Fosters Market
750 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-5700

Wednesday, Sept 8
6-8pm
A Southern Season
Put 'em Up! Canning and preserving class. Registration required.
University Mall 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Visit A Southern Season for details.

About the author:
Sherri Brooks Vinton wants you to have a delicious life. Her books, lectures, workshops, and newsletter give fellow eaters practical information they can use to support local agriculture with their food choices. Sherri is a former Governor of Slow Food USA and is a member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, International Association of Culinary Professionals, and Chefs Collaborative.

For more about Sherri and a list of current appearances visit www.sherribrooksvinton.com.

Downeast Fish Fry & Terra Madre Fundraiser
Johnny's Carrboro
901 W. Main St. in Carrboro
Saturday, August 28th, 6 until fish runs out
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$10 a plate.


Come celebrate the lingering days of summer and our North Carolina fishermen with a Downeast traditional fish fry outside at Johnny's. We'll have fresh fish from Carteret County fried on the spot with a delicious, local side.

All proceeds will go toward travel expenses for a local group of food activists and educators to Terra Madre, the Slow Food Convention in Turin, Italy. Terra Madre is an international network of food producers, cooks, educators and students from 150 countries who are united by a common goal of global sustainability in food. The "food communities" of Terra Madre come together biennially to share innovative solutions and time-honored traditions for keeping small-scale agriculture and sustainable food production alive and well.

Grand Blossoming Celebration for Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe
Unique Community-Based Restaurant Opens Its Doors

Where: The Courtyard, 431 W. Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC.
When: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 6pm-12am
www.curryblossom.com

After 18 years of hosting community dinners out of her home in Chapel Hill and catering peace and justice events across North Carolina, Vimala Rajendran is opening Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, a socially conscious, locally-sourced, family-run restaurant funded entirely through donations and microloans. The restaurant’s Grand “Blossoming” Celebration on Saturday, July 17 from 6pm-12am will include music, deejaying, surprise performances, and speeches on food justice from local farmers and food activists. Food justice, simply put, is the concept that society must be transformed to make healthy, delicious food available to all people across race, class, gender, neighborhood and nation. One way the Curryblossom team will be putting their principles into practice at their opening is serving food by donation and turning no one away for lack of money.

Rajendran says, “The community has always said you can do this. So it’s not surprising but it is awe-inspiring to experience the love and support from my family and friends. I’ll never take it for granted. It’s a daily gift to see our 25 year-old history in this community in the bright eyes of our guests.” A Malayalee immigrant from Bombay, India, Vimala serves South Asian home cooking alongside a few American Southern favorites.

After years of being encouraged to expand to the public, Rajendran is opening the doors of Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe and offering a glimpse of a new Southern vision for sustainable community. Her Grand Blossoming Celebration will be sure to bring long-time supporters together with many new fans.

William Powers at Flyleaf Books: Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream

Friday, June 25, 7-8pm

www.flyleafbooks.com

Why would a successful American physician choose to live in a twelve-foot-by-twelve-foot cabin without running water or electricity? To find out, writer and activist William Powers visited Dr. Jackie Benton in rural North Carolina. No Name Creek gurgled through Benton’s permaculture farm, and she stroked honeybees’ wings as she shared her wildcrafter philosophy of living on a planet in crisis. Powers, just back from a decade of international aid work, then accepted Benton’s offer to stay at the cabin for a season while she traveled. There, he befriended her eclectic neighbors — organic farmers, biofuel brewers, eco-developers — and discovered a sustainable but imperiled way of life.

In these pages, Powers not only explores this small patch of community but draws on his international experiences with other pockets of resistance. This engrossing tale of Powers’s struggle for a meaningful life with a smaller footprint proposes a paradigm shift to an elusive “Soft World” with clues to personal happiness and global healing.

William Powers hails from Long Island, NY and has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Washington, D.C., and Native North America. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune, and on National Public Radio. Mr. Powers has worked at the World Bank, and holds international relations degrees from Brown University and Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. A 2004-2005 recipient of the Open Door Foundation for non-fiction, he is the author of the Liberia memoir Blue Clay People, the Bolivian memoir Whispering in the Giant's Ear and the memoir of living “off-the-grid” in a twelve-foot-square cabin Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream.

E.K. Powe Radish Day
Thursday, June 3, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

E. K. Powe Elementary School, Edith Street Lobby

Join the E.K. Powe community for our first annual “Radish Day”, a celebration of our ongoing commitment to bring healthy foods and a healthy environment to the our students. Teachers, children, and parents have worked all year round to update our landscaping, create a pond habitat, butterfly gardens, and several flower and vegetable garden beds. The vegetable beds have yielded wonderful crops, including lettuce, carrots, radishes and herbs that we have enjoyed in the classrooms on special occasions. “"Outdoor education has been an amazing addition to E.K. Powe this year because knowledge about life cycles, gardening, nutrition, and sustainability are all important topics that we want our future generations to know about”, said Meg Goodhand, 3rd teacher at EKPOWE who started her first “Peace Garden” three years ago.

E.K. Powe has partnered with Whole Foods Market to offer a Taste Table in the Edith Street lobby. At the table, volunteers will be serving up some delicious Radish Salsa and Vegetable dip, with fresh raw carrots and tortilla chips. Handouts containing recipes and nutrition education will be provided, and kids will get to fill out a survey, so that they can have input into the next cycle of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant. “Watching children start to connect with their food – to know where it comes from and how it came to be on their plate – is an amazing process. Too many children think that food ‘comes from the grocery store,’ (or worse, a fast food restaurant) so the way that E.K. Powe is giving children an opportunity to put their hands in the earth and develop a deeper understanding of their connection to nature is a very powerful model”, said Amy Eller, Marketing Team Leader at the Whole Foods Market in Durham.

Please stop by, have a sample of Radish Salsa, and learn more about the work of E.K. Powe's Slow Food Committee, our outdoor education curriculum, and our new partnership with Whole Foods Market.

Anna Lappé discusses Diet for a Hot Planet at Fly Leaf Books
Friday, May 21, 7-8PM

Fly Leaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
(Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

A crucial piece of the conversation about climate change, Diet for a Hot Planet makes the disturbing connection between food production and global warming.

In Anna Lappé's controversial new book, she predicts that unless we radically shift the trends of what food we're eating and how we're producing it, food system-related greenhouse gas emissions will go up and up and up. She exposes the interests that will resist the change, and the spin food companies will generate to avoid system-wide reform. And she offers a vision of a future in which our food system does more good than harm, with six principles for a climate friendly diet as well as visits to farmers who are demonstrating the potential of sustainable farming. In this measured and intelligent call to action, Lappé helps readers understand that food can be a powerful starting point for solutions to global environmental problems.

Anna Lappé is daughter of Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet, the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating in the 1970’s. Anna is an author and is currently the host for MSN’s Practical Guide to Healthy Living and co-host for the public television series, The Endless Feast. Named one of Time magazine’s “Eco-Who’s Who,” she is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute. Anna’s writing has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, and Canada’s Globe and Mail. She writes a bi-monthly column on sustainability for Spirituality and Health and contributes book reviews to the San Francisco Chronicle and the New Scientist.

http://www.flyleafbooks.com/event/anna-lappé-discusses-diet-hot-planet


2010 Farm to Fork Picnic - Sunday, May 23 SOLD OUT!

Celebrating local food and local farms!

Sunday, May 23
4 to 7 pm

Rain or shine!

W.C. Breeze Family Farm
4909 Walnut Grove Church Road
Hurdle Mills, NC (just outside Hillsborough)

In a unique collaboration, some of our region’s most talented cooks will pair with Piedmont farmers to prepare a picnic-style feast that celebrates our local foods and the people who grow and make them. The meal will offer the opportunity to taste beautifully prepared, farm-fresh food representing the bounty and diversity of our region, as well as a wide assortment of locally crafted foodstuffs including farmstead cheese, pickles, preserves, breads, pastries, beer, wine, and cured meat.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.farmtoforknc.com. Advanced ticket purchase required. $50 per person for members of Slow Food Triangle, Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), or Orange County Extension; $60 per person for non-members; and free for kids 12 and under.

All proceeds benefit PLANT at Breeze - A Farm Enterprise Incubator designed to help grow new farms and farmers across North Carolina. Learn more at http://www.orangecountyfarms.org/PLANTatBreeze.asp.

 

Central Carolina Community College Earth Day Celebration

CCCC Sustainable Agriculture Program would like to invite you to a dinner that will Celebrate Local Farmers and the work that they do.

On Wednesday, April 21st from 5pm to 8:30ish the CCCC Student Farm will fire up the pizza oven and gather some great local spring vegetable dishes and serve it up to farmers with thanks and appreciation for doing what they do.

Local musicians will add to the festivities as we celebrate Earth Week and local farmers.

Please join us - an e-mail RSVP would help us greatly in planning our Pizza preparation.

Thanks! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dig In - The down and dirty on community gardens
Saturday, April 17
9 am to 12:30 pm
Marbles Kids Museum, downtown Raleigh
FREE (admission to the museum separate)

Fresh food, fresh air, a refreshing lifestyle – no matter what you enjoy most about gardening, community gardens improve the quality of life of everyone who digs in. Learn how to start, maintain, manage and enjoy the wonderful benefits of building a sustainable garden in your neighborhood, workplace, school or place of worship.

Join Advocates for Health in Action at this free event, and break ground on an exciting initiative that’s growing across our nation and making its way to a community near you!

• Workshops
• Community garden experts
• Educational booths
• A guide to working gardens in Wake County

Space is limited for workshops, so reserve your spot today. Visit us on the web to register and to learn more about Dig In! www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org

Brought to you by Advocates for Health in Action, a group of diverse organizations and community members who are shaping the environment throughout Wake County so healthful eating and physician activity are the way of life.


Feasting With God: a Peace with Justice Retreat

Feasting With God: A Peace with Justice Retreat will be held at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center in Efland, NC on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, 2009. Participants will explore what it might mean to eat in a manner pleasing to God. Weekend activities include shopping for, cooking, and preserving fresh, local foods with the help of local chefs; celebration and thanksgiving for the season's harvest; film, discussion groups, worship...and of course, eating healthy, delicious food!

Retreat begins at 9 AM Saturday, September 26 and ends at 1 PM Sunday, September 27.

Registration fee: $55 (includes meals, lodging, and workshop materials)

Financial assistance is available. Registration is required. Space is limited.
Contact Chris Burtner chris@campchestnutridge.org or 919-338-2820

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Duram Farmers' Market Craft Day - September 26th, 8am to Noon
Our Market Craftspeople will be bringing their crafts to Market and demonstrating how they make their goods. Craft vendors throughout the Market will be doing demonstrations in their booths. Come with questions and prepare to be amazed.

DFM Chef in the Market - Shane Ingram & Janna Wardle, Four Square, September 26, 10am
It is spa day with Four Square at the Market! Shane will be joined by Janna Wardle, Four Square's pastry chef with a demonstration on how to pamper your self with food!
www.foursquarerestaurant.com

Chapel Hill Creamery Farm Dinner
Monday, September 28, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
The evening begins with special dinner presentation: The cheesemakers of CHC visit Italy, and the world's biggest cheese festival!

For this delightful evening, Panzanella Chef Jim Nixon will create a menu of special dishes, showcasing the impressive quality and deliciousness of cheeses from Chapel Hill Creamery. (We will also offer a slightly abbreviated version of our regular dinner menu.) During the first hour, Chapel Hill Creamery owners and cheesemakers, Portia McKnight and Flo Hawley will be available to share with you what they've learned about the art of Italian cheese during their recent trip to Bra, Italy. Italian-born Alessandra Trompeo, who works as a cheesemaker at Chapel Hill Creamery, arranged the farm and creamery visits in Italy for McKnight and Hawley, and will also join the hour-long discussion, which takes place from 5:30 to 6:30.

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DFM Locally Grown Music - Black Dog Music, September 30th, 5:30-7:30pm
During the last Wednesday Market of the Season, Durham Central Park will host the final Locally Grown Music event of the season. Black Dog Music is the featured artist. Bring a blanket, pick up some tasty treats at the Market and listen to some great music.

Chef in the Market - Drew Smith & Andy Magowan, Piedmont, October 3rd
Drew and Andy will be kicking off Piedmont's Sausage Fest '09 at the Market on October 3rd!
www.piedmontrestaurant.com/

2nd Annual Piedmont Green Gala
T.S. Designs
2053 Willow Spring Lane
Burlington, NC 27215 US
Saturday, October 3, 2:00PM to 8:00PM
Phone: 336 229 6426 ext 260

T.S. Designs invites you to our 2nd Annual Piedmont Green Gala. Please join us in reconnecting with the local community in Alamance County. Local, now more than ever, is critical and the Green Gala is a celebration of our community's connection. Sustainable businesses and organizations will be highlighted throughout the day with ideas of how to live a greener lifestyle. Live music and local food will add a festive kick to this gala. Please plan to attend!

Please visit www.piedmontgreengala.com for details for the day.

Check out the Howie Dewitt Band that will be playing at the Green Gala! http://www.myspace.com/howiedewittmusic


Piedmont Biofarm Pittsboro Pepper Festival

Join us on Sunday, October 18 @ 4:00 – 7:00 pm for the Amazing Pittsboro Pepper Festival

at the Eco Industrial Plant in Pittsboro.
We’ll have over 40 different varieties of peppers from Farmer Doug Jones to taste and rank, over 12 different restaurants showing off their local pepper dishes, local beer and wine, Bobby’s Jalapeno Water Ice, spicy tunes from Howie Dewitt blues/funk band and a few minutes of education. Bring the kids and come on out!

Proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Biofarm Breeding and Research Program which is responsible for developing superior strains of vegetables especially adapted to our local soils and climate.

click here for more info

Slow Food Triangle Presentation
Family Health International 2009 Health Fair
Wednesday, Septeber 23, 2009
12:30-1:30pm

During otheir week-long health fair, FHI has 'lunch & learns' where employees gather to learn more about a particular topic from someone within an organization such as Slow Food Triangle. Mark Overbay and Gordon Zacharias will be on-hand to introduce staff members to the Slow Food Movement, offer tools in discovering sources for local food and answer questions.



Slow Food Triangle "Eat-In" Potluck at George Watts Elementary

Monday, September 7, 2009
Noon - 2pm

Click here to see photos.

On Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009, our local community will join communities all over the country by sharing a potluck meal with our friends, neighbors, and kids as part of a National Eat-In to raise awareness about the important cause of getting better, more nutritious, real food into schools. 

Dr. Alice Ammerman of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, will be on hand to answer questions and give a brief synopsis of the current state of the National School Lunch Program, where it should be, and what we can do to improve what our children are eating at schools.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

George Watts PTA Edible Schoolyard


2009 Farm to Fork Picnic
Celebrating Local Food & Local Farms

Sunday, June 14th
W.C. Breeze Family Farm
Hurdle Mills, Orange County
4-7 PM


Join Piedmont farmers and chefs for an early evening of food, music and fun activities for the entire family!

$50 per person; free for kids 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit farmer apprentice programs sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and PLANT @ Breeze Farm Enterprise Incubator program.

The 2007 celebration sold out fast – don’t miss this year’s Farm-to-Fork fun. Visit www.farmtoforknc.com for ticket information, updates and to view the 2007 Farm to Fork Picnic slide show.

Interested in volunteering? General Questions? Contact 2009farmtofork@gmail.com or call 919-755-3804.

Farm to Fork Picnic organizers: CEFS, Slow Food Triangle & Orange County Cooperative Extension Economic Development.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Tickets for Friends of CEFS and Slow Food Triangle Members will be available Monday, 5/4!

Slow Food Members and those wishing to join Slow food: Please make sure your membership is up-to-date by the end of the business day on Friday 5/1 in order to receive access to the first block of tickets.

To sign up or renew your membership visit slowfoodusa.org/index.php/join_us/


Organic Eating and Supporting
Your Local Farms!

Thursday May 28th at 7:00 pm
East Regional Library, Knightdale

Learn more about the importance of eating local, the current state of local farming and we can support our local farms, and tips for eating in season on Thursday May 28th at 7:00 pm at the East Regional Library.

Carrie Le Chevallier Marketing Team Leader of Whole Foods Market and Annette White of Feed the Farm will be presenting this informative and vitally important program.

Fun organic fingerfood refreshments will accompany the program.

For further information or to register stop by the library at 946 Steeple Square Court Knightdale, call 217-5300, or email
jmorley@co.wake.nc.us.

14th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour
April 25 & 26 - 1:00 - 6:00 pm

Read more here. View the map here.

Bridge to an Organic Future: Opportunities for Health and the Environment

April 3-4, 2009 at the Century Center in Carrboro, NC.

Registration and info at www.beyondpesticides.org/forum
 
Keynote speakers include Jim Hightower, author and radio commentator; Baldemar Velasquez, president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC); and, Philip and Alice Shabecoff, authors of Poisoned Profits: The toxic assault on our children.
 
Register online (Students $35, Members $65, Non-Members $75) and learn more about the conference at www.beyondpesticides.org/forum.


REAL FOOD REAL MEDICINE Conference
February 27-March 1 2009

UNC FRIDAY CENTER
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

REAL FOOD REAL MEDICINE is a conference for educating and raising awareness in communities of people about their health, their food supply and sustainable farming practices for environmental preservation.

Who should come? Everyone - whether you are a student, doctor, mother, farmer, health care provider, teacher - anyone who is interested in radically strengthening the very foundations of their health.

SPONSORED BY UNC FLO FOODS and the North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians

BENEFIT FOR Breeze Incubator Farm, an Orange County farm for teaching sustainable farming methods

REGISTER AND INFORMATION
www.realfoodrealmedicine.com or call 919-932-6262 ext 10


Terra Madre Recap
Thursday, January 1, 2009
4:00 - 7:00pm

Golden Belt
3rd Floor, Building 2
807 East Main Street, Durham


Slow Food Triangle invites you to participate in a special New Year’s Day Event to celebrate our regional culinary traditions and recognize the local farmers and food artisans who represented our community as delegates to Terra Madre, the biennial international meeting of the Terra Madre Network held October 23-27 in Torino, Italy. Terra Madre brought together food communities, academics, cooks, and youth delegates from around the world for the purpose of working toward increasing small-scale, traditional, and sustainable food production.

Slow Food Potluck
Thursday, December 25, 2008
4:00 - 7:00pm
Pacifica Common House, Carrboro

Bring a dish or beverage featuring a local ingredient to share. Please also bring an index card with the name of your dish, the recipe, and the origin(s) of the local ingredient(s).

Plates,bowls,glasses,flatware, etc. provided. We have a wonderful, full kitchen for last minute preparations/warm-ups if needed.

Pacifica Common House
141 Viburnum Way (at end of Hanna St)
Carrboro, NC 27510


UNC-CH FLO Food Sustainable Food Week

November 10-13
Fair Food Fair

Mon 10, 10 to 2 at Polk Place
Learn more about food justice in North Carolina
while enjoying “food with integrity.”
Film Screening

Mon 10, 6 pm in Manning 209
Documentary “The Guestworker” exposes farmworker injustices.
Farmers Market

Tues 11, 10 to 2 at Polk Place
Celebrate North Carolina’s seasonal produce. Meet
the folks who grew your food at the luncheon following.
Paper bag lunch to follow at 2 30 in Student Union 3206.
Food Forum

Wed 12, 6 30 pm in the Stone Center
Learn more about sustainable food systems as
three guest speakers--a farmworker activist, local
farmer, and small business leader--share their stories.
Please join us for local food and bluegrass before and after the talk.
Baldemar Velasquez, Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO
Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farm
Sandi Kronick, Eastern Carolina Organics
Sustainable Food Roundtable
Thurs 13, 6 pm

Join Carolina Dining Services and administrators, local food
leaders and farmers, and students to create a better
food future for Carolina.
RSVP to alenamsteen@gmail.com.
FLO Food
Fair. Local. Organic.
Co-sponsored by Alianza, Student Action with Farmworkers,
APPLES Alternative Fall Break, HOPE, Carolina Garden Co-op, CHISPA





Animal, Vegetable, & Fruit Pie BAKING COMPETITION/Eating Fundraiser for LeafLight
Saturday, November 8th
leaflight.org

2008 On Farm Processing Workshops
For Poultry and Rabbit Meat Production

October 18 and 19, 2008
Marion and Old Fort, NC
Featuring Dr. James McNitt and Anne Fanatico

The Independent Small Animal Meat Processors Association (ISAMPA) and Foothills Family Farms are pleased to announce two half-day workshops for small scale harvesting and processing of poultry and rabbits. Training is designed to increase participants’ knowledge of processing techniques to maximize product quality and increase profitability of small-scale meat production. All activities will contribute to planning and organizing a small scale meat production business under exemption from North Carolina Meat and Poultry Inspection laws.

On Saturday, October 18, participants will gather at the McDowell County Agricultural Barn in Marion to learn about processing rabbits. Rabbit farmer Walter Harrill will lead the workshop as participants harvest and process rabbits ready for market. Dr. James McNitt, a nationally renowned expert on rabbit production from Southern University in Louisiana, will present on food safety issues critical to proper small scale processing.

On Sunday, October 19, participants will meet in Old Fort as pastured poultry producers Meredith and Casey McKissick lead a hands-on training workshop using a Mobile Processing Unit (MPU) for increased efficiency of on-farm poultry processing. Small scale poultry expert Anne Fanatico, of ATTRA and the National Center for Appropriate Technology, will discuss regional perspectives on the viability of pastured poultry.

Registration cost is $10 per workshop, $15 for both days. Please RSVP by October 1 by calling Smithson Mills at 828-273-9119, or by emailing smithson@smithsonmills.com. Please give your name, phone number, and email address when your register. Directions to both events will be provided.

These workshops are organized by the Independent Small Animal Meat Processors Association of Western North Carolina (ISAMPA). ISAMPA’s mission includes: Promoting best practices for raising, processing and marketing small meat animals; support for the development of a small animal processing facility meeting state or federal inspection requirements, and; raising public awareness of small animal meat products humanely raised and processed in a manner that contributes to the social, economic, and environmental well being of western North Carolina’s people and natural resources.

Support comes from a USDA Value Added Producers Grant, Heifer International, and SARE. Simple lunches on both days will be served.

Registration cost is $10 per workshop, $15 for both days. Please RSVP by October 1 by calling Smithson Mills at 828-273-9119, or by emailing smithson@smithsonmills.com. Please give your name, phone number, and email address when your register. Directions to both events will be provided.


Castle Rock Gardens & Castlemaine Farm present A Pastured Chicken Dinner

from Castle Rock Gardens & Castlemaine Farm:
Castle Rock Gardens & Castlemaine Farm present A Pastured Chicken Dinner

$25 for an all farm-raised meal featuring pastured chicken, fresh produce from the farms, and Ristin’s internationally known devilled eggs. Sit down or take-out, BYOB

Guest Chef Matt Dawes of Table, restaurant of Asheville, NC

October 12, 2008, (Sunday) 4:00 pm, at Castle Rock Gardens

This Slow Food event is a fundraiser to help send farmers Joann & Brian Gallagher of Castlemaine Farm and Ristin Cooks & Patrick Walsh of Castle Rock Gardens to Terra Madre, the Slow Food Convention in Turin, Italy.

For Tickets, call:
Castlemaine Farm, 336-376-1025
Castle Rock Gardens, 919-636-0832




More Passion for Pie
Fundraiser for Terra Madre
Wednesday, August 20th 12 Noon
A Southern Season


Due to the overwhelming response we had for our first pie class, another has been scheduled!!

Once again, Phoebe Lawless of Scratch will demonstrate a variety of pie crusts and fillings that will help to demystify pie pastry and encourage even the most hesitant home baker.

Menu: Peach with Toasted Pecan Crumb Pie, Heirloom Tomato Pie, Sweet Corn and Vanilla Bean Chess Pie.
The cost of the class is $45. To register please email phoebelawless (at) mindspring.com no later than August 17th.

A Passion for Pie
Fundraiser for Terra Madre Delegates
Thursday, July 17th 12 Noon
A Southern Season

Accomplished bakers Phoebe Lawless and April McGreger are pooling their passions for pie to raise funds to send Triangle farmers and cooks to the third edition of Slow Food's biennial international meeting, Terra Madre, in Turino, Italy. Terre Madre brings together food communities, cooks, academics and youth delegates from around the world for four days to work towards increasing small-scale, traditional, and sustainable food production. The class will take place at A Southern Season, who has generously donated the use of their teaching kitchen for the event.

Both Phoebe and April are former pastry chefs from two of the Triangle's most acclaimed restaurants, Magnolia Grill and Lantern, respectively, and they have both gone on to start separate home-based artisan bakeries. Phoebe is the proprietor of Scratch and sells at the South Estes Farmer's Market on Saturdays. April can be found at both the Wednesday and Saturday Carrboro Farmer's Markets selling her wares as the Farmer's Daughter. Don't miss their class where they will share their secrets to a variety of their favorite pie crusts and fillings.

2008 Eat Local Triangle activities

Saturday, June 7
1:00-5:00 pm
Art Grows in Durham at SEEDS
Including creations by local artists, the SEEDS plant sale, live music, activities for kids and food. more info

Wednesday, June 11
Panciuto’s inaugural “Community Dinner”
Ben Bergman and Noah Ranells of Fickle Creek Farm discuss small-scale sustainable farming. Dinner will include food from their farm.
Call 732-6261 for a reservation.

Saturday, June 7
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Join Slow Food Triangle and Durham-Chapel Hill Dietetic Association for a free film festival and panel supporting local sustainable agriculture. The "feastival" will feature 2 films: What to Eat and The True Cost of Food and will be followed by a panel discussion that will include Alex Hitt of Peregrine Farm and Jennifer Curtis of NC Choices. Local snacks will also be served! Please RSVP

Saturday, June 14
9:00-10:00 AM
Durham Farmers' Market

Chef in the Market - Il Palio
Chef Adam Rose from Il Palio Ristorante at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill cooks with local ingredients at the market.

Thursday, June 19
Carrboro Farmers' Market - Cooking Demo with Dorette Snover of C’est Si Bon, A Cooking School at the Southern Village Farmers’ Market

Saturday, June 21

9:00-6:00 pm
Hillsborough Hog Day
Pitmaster Bailey Newton of Triple B farms will cook one of his own Berkshire hogs.
http://www.ncchoices.com/find_mbc.html

Saturday, June 21
Dinner on the Porch at Elodie Farms
June 21—Chef Amy Tournquist of Watts Grocery and Sage & Swift Catering

Monday, June 23
Watts Grocery Wine dinner with Parker & Otis, Haw River Wine Man, and Peregrine Farms more info

Monday, June 23
5:30-9:00 pm
Farm Dinner at Panznella -
Join Panzanella for the next Feature Farm Dinner on Monday, June 23, featuring a menu of foods created from ingredients grown by Perry-winkle Farm. Dinner, 5:30-9:00 pm. Parties of six or more, call 929-6626 to make a reservation.

Tuesday, June 24
Tomato dinner featuring Peregrine Farms at Pazzo in Southern Village.

Wednesday, June 25
Carrboro Farmers' Market - Cooking Demo with Dorette Snover of C’est Si Bon, A Cooking
School at the Southern Village Farmers’ Market

Saturday, June 28

Carrboro Farmers' Market - clippings from the Kids Seedling Event

Sunday, June 29
6:00-8:00 pm
Chatham ARTS' summer Potluck-in- the- Pasture fundraiser event, celebrating local Chatham County artists and agriculture, crucial to its rural economy and culture. Guests are invited to meet the artists, explore  Bill Dow's Ayrshire Farm, North Carolina's first organic farm, and bring a blanket or chair and a potluck dish for 8, which includes at least one locally grown ingredient, and recipe noting local origin of food items. Donations will be requested to support artists' residencies in Chatham schools.
 
Ayrshire Farm is located at 602 Friendly Pooch Lane off the Jay Shambley Road. From Pittsboro, go about 6 mi. west on Hwy 64 to Hadley Mill Rd, turn left. (From Siler City, go east on Hwy 64 and turn right on Hadley Mill Rd.) Go one mile to Jay Shambley, turn right. Go 1/2 mile to Friendly Pooch, turn left.
Drive to top of the hill and look for parking directions. For information that day, call 219-9840. 

more info

Slow Food Triangle On-Farm Potluck
Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 4PM

Good Food and Good Company

The Slow Food Triangle convivium is getting convivial and invites you to a potluck supper at Peregrine Farm Sunday May 18 from 4:00 pm until dark.

Spend a late spring evening on the farm at the peak of the spring harvest.

- Make a dish to serve at least 8, from mainly or all local ingredients and post the recipe, along with the ingredient sources via the RSVP Form. If we can gather enough recipes over the course of a few potlucks, we will put together an Eat Local Cookbook!

- bring a lawn chair or blanket and the beverage of your choice.

You do not need to be a member to attend this event

Agriculture Infastructure Forum
Wednesday - April 9 at 7:30 PM

3CUPS to Host Forum on Gaps in Local

Agricultural Infrastructure – Discussion with Tom Philpott and Jennifer Curtis

Chapel Hill, NC – On Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 PM, Tom Philpott, Food Editor for Grist and Founder of Maverick Farms and Jennifer Curtis, Project Director for NC Choices, will lead a discussion about Gaps in Local Agricultural Infrastructure. Our region is experiencing growth in Farmers’ Markets and small-scale local pork producers, but where are the medium sized farms and processing facilities? What is the next step? Where are the market opportunities? What is the role of local and state government to fill in the gaps? Join us as we get together to share our opinions and learn more about the mechanisms that allow local agriculture to flourish.

Grist is an environmental news and commentary website. Nonprofit, independent, environmental journalists, Grist is based in Seattle, Washington with scattered around the world.

Maverick Farms is an educational non-profit farm located in Valle Crucis, NC, dedicated to promoting family farming as a community resource and reconnecting local food networks.

NC Choices is a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative (CEFS). CEFS is one of the nation’s largest and most successful centers for the study and promotion of food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

The event is free and open to the public.


Sunday, April 6 at 11 AM
-
3Cups in Chapel Hill has generously offered to open its doors for Slow Food Triangle on  Sunday, April 6th at 11:00 am for our 2008-09 event  and activity planning meeting. If you can attend and haven't already let us know, please email Andrea at info@slowfoodtriangle.org

We are asking that all participants come to the meeting with at least one or two ideas for events or activities that they would like to be responsible for planning and/or coordinating in 2008/2009.

Wednesday, March 5
, UNC-Chapel Hill's new student group: Fair, Local, Organic Food (FLO Food) will host an event focusing on the environmental, social and economic impact of industrial hog production in North Carolina, as well as an alternative vision of pork production that is fair, local and organic

6 pm: Ossabaw pig pickin' - free and open to the public. Sponsored by Slow Food Triangle and The BBQ Joint, with music by The Ragweed Boys. In the Mini-Quad between Murphy and Saunders.

7 pm: "Power, People and Pork": A short documentary screening with guest speakers, including employees of the Smithfield processing facility; Eliza Maclean, owner of Cane Creek Farm; Crystal Simms, a student at UNC whose cousin died on the job at Smithfield and Jennifer Curtis of NC Choices, an organization working to advance and promote sustainable food systems in North Carolina. In Room 209 of Manning Hall.

Sponsored by FLO Food in collaboration with Alianza, Carolina Garden Co-op, Student Action with Workers, the School of Social Work's Social Justice Caucus, CIRA, SURGE, Epsilon Eta Environmental Fraternity, and Slow Food Triangle. Speakers provided by Justice at Smithfield and the NC Environmental Justice Network.

Poultry Plant Grand Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, April 2 at 2 PM - From Debbie Roos:

I have been working with Dan Campeau, our area poultry agent, to plan niche
market poultry programs for 2008. We want to kick off the season with
something that I think everyone will be excited about. See below for
details.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008: Grand Opening Ceremony and Tour for the new
Chaudry Halal poultry processing plant in Siler City

2:00-5:00 pm

The program will begin at the Carolina Stockyard Auditorium:
260 Stockyard Rd.
Siler City, NC 27344
919-742-5665

Participants will rotate through educational programs and a tour of the new
plant.

Opening Comments:

- Chatham County Center of NC Cooperative Extension
- NCSU Extension Administration
- NCSU Poultry Science Department
- Growers' Choice
- American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
- NCDA&CS

Educational Program:

- Grower Guidelines for Poultry and Fowl Processing – Debbie Roos, North
Carolina Cooperative Extension and Judy Lessler, Growers’ Choice

- On-farm Biosecurity – Dr. Donna Carver, NCSU Extension Poultry
Veterinarian

- Tour of new poultry plant

Please RSVP by calling Cooperative Extension at 919-542-8202. We hope to see
you there!


CFSA’s 22nd Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference - Durham, NC
November 9 - 11, 2007 - Join 700 + farmers, educators, extension agents, consumers, and ag professionals for a weekend of workshops, wonderful meals, inspiring keynote address, and loads of fun! Contact CFSA at 919-542-2402 for more information. www.carolinafarmstewards.org

The 30th Annual Conference of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
November 2 - 4, 2007 - "Traditional Breeds, Modern Skills Sharing 30 Years of Breed Conservation" to take
place at Several Selected Local Farms and the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC.
Visit www.albc-usa.org for more.

1st Annual Upstate SC Farm Tour!
October 13 & 14, 2007 - CFSA will host the first tour in the Upstate Region of SC. Stay tuned to www.carolinafarmstewards.org for more information as it is available.

CFSA Upstate SC On-Farm Benefit Dinner
at Happy Berry Farm, in Six Mile, SC

October 13, 2007 - Enjoy a 5 course meal prepared using the best local ingredients prepared by renowned SC chefs! All proceeds benefit CFSA. Stay tuned to www.carolinafarmstewards.org
for more information as it is available.

High Tunnel Summer and Winter Production
October 11, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leader: Steve Moore (NCA&T). Summer and winter production management including fertility, insect and disease management will be discussed. Thermal performance, production data and cost comparisons of the differing types of structures at CEFS will be discussed and compared. Crop budgets and off season marketing will be included. Hands-on demonstrations at the four new high tunnels at CEFS will be highlighted. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

Tomato Grafting: Techniques, Benefits and Management
October 3, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leaders: Dr. Frank Louws & Cary Rivard (NCSU). Tomato grafting is gaining popularity in the United States as a sustainable alternative to chemical fumigants for management of soilborne disease. It may also be beneficial to increase nutrient uptake, manage abiotic stress, and increase crop productivity. Furthermore, grafting is extremely beneficial to heirloom tomato growers, as these cultivars are particularly susceptible to these problems. This workshop will provide detailed information and an on-site demonstration of tomato grafting technique. Furthermore, NCSU research regarding soilborne disease management and nutrient uptake in grafted and non-grafted heirloom tomato will be discussed. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.


Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) National Conference and Trade Show
October 1-4, 2007 - in Raleigh, NC. Details will be released later. For more information, contact Leah Cook.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Fall
September 22 & 23 - tour small family farms in Wake and other Eastern Triangle Counties - More info to come - stay tuned.

Tribute to North Carolina Theme Dinner!
Thursday, September 20th, 2007

We will be featuring a FIVE COURSE menu
using all Locally Grown and raised ingredients
from the Appalacians to the Coast.
To go along with our North Carolina menu we will be serving local beers and wines to go along with the meal.

We will have a North Carolina trivia contest
& LIVE entertainment by
JOSEPH SWANK!!!

Our North Carolina Dinner will be $49.95 per person.
You may email us at cindyshousecafe@gmail.com or
call 380.1193 to reserve your place at our dinner.
Dinner will begin at 7:00pm.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
We hope to see you all soon!

Cindy's House Cafe and Catering
140 E. Chatham Street
Cary, NC 27511
919.380.1193

2nd Annual CEFS Fall Festival
September 15, 2007 at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Plan to join us at the CEFS Small Farm Unit as we celebrate sustainable agriculture in North Carolina . The Festival will include demonstrations, tours, hands-on activities for children, workshops and lots of fun! Enjoy great food featuring local products and live music throughout the day. Registration not required. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.


Town Hall Meeting to discuss eating local
Saturday, September 15 6:30pm

Inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, this will be a lively discussion concerning the challenges and triumphs we we face with eating local in our community.
Guest panel includes:

Camille Kingsolver, co-author of Animal, Vegetable Miracle

Judy Lessler, Harland Creek Farms

Karen Seiber, Manager,
Moore Square Farmers Market


Patrick Robinette, Harris Acres Farms

Mike Aquario, Executive Chef, Bon Appetit,
Duke University


Whole Foods Market

3540 Wade Avenue, Raleigh
828-5805 for more info

CEFS Fall Festival
Goldsboro, NC
Saturday, September 15, 2007
10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Free event!

A great FAMILY EVENT with lots of kid activities. Please join us at the CEFS Small Farm Unit as we celebrate sustainable agriculture and local food and farming in North Carolina. The Festival will include more than 35 educational booths, workshops, tours, kids activities (including a crop maze, scavenger hunt, seed art, hat making, corn grinding, and a farm olympics!), a farmers market, local food and live music all day.

For more information, please visit the Fall Festival webpage:

http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/fallfestival2007.htm

Asheville On-Farm Benefit Dinner
September 8 - enjoy a 5 course meal prepared using the best local ingredients by renowned Asheville area chefs! All proceeds benefit CFSA. More info to come - stay tuned!

Diagnosis and Management of Vegetable Diseases
August 23, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leader: Dr. Frank Louws (NCSU). Vegetable diseases present a challenge to organic growers in NC due to the weather conditions that favor plant diseases. This workshop will highlight practical training on diagnosis of vegetable diseases, including hands-on opportunities and field walks, discussions and in depth review of specific organic disease management plans, product reviews, and important resources for growers. Topics will include the role of suppressive soils and composts, biological controls and OMRI approved fungicides. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

Organic Certification Short Course
August 22, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture from 10:00-3:00 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leader: Tony Kleese ( Eastern Carolina Organics). This workshop will provide the information needed to come into compliance with the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP). The information and materials provided will make it possible to apply for certification upon completion of the workshop. Items covered include: overview of the National Organic Program standards, how to get certified, how to fill out an organic certification application, how to find and choose a certifier, record-keeping templates and cost-share opportunities. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

"Potluck in a Pasture" - Harland's Creek Farm
August 19, 2007 - Enjoy heirloom plants, homegrown food, local artists and live music at ChathamArts' annual meeting and "Potluck in A Pasture," Sunday Aug. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Harland's Creek Farm.  Judy Lessler's organic farm features native flowers, herbs and produce and is located at the historic Alston-Degraffenried House on Plantation Drive four miles west of Pittsboro off of U.S. 64 via Manco Dairy Road.  The annual meeting begins at 5 p.m., followed by a farm tour and potluck supper with artists and music from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors are asked to bring a dish for eight made with at least one local ingredient, and a copy of the recipe for our Potluck Cookbook.  Adults and children over 12 are asked to donate $10 ($8 for ChathamArts members); $5 for children under 12 ($4 for members); free for children under 5. Proceeds benefit ChathamArts, the non-profit county arts council that supports diverse arts and cultural programs in the schools and the community throughout the year. www.chathamarts.org, 919.219-9840 for Potluck information.

Featured artists will include: ceramicist Salinda Dahl, sculptor Susan Draughon, wood turner Joel Hunnicutt and potter Melody Troncale.  "Touch of Pearl," with vocalist Laine Lipson and pianist Avis Autry, will perform lyrical standards from the 1930s and '40s.

Ceramicist Salinda Dahl's work is inspired by nature, myth, magic and dreams. She focuses on what she calls "ultimately functional" pieces that exist "to serve the eye with beauty, the mind with exploration and the spirit with nourishment." 

Sculptor Susan Draughon draws inspiration from the art, symbols and rituals of ancient and indigenous cultures. She studied mask making in Bali and has sculpted busts of former N.C. Secretary of State Thad Eure and former Raleigh Mayors Isabella Canon and Avery Upchurch.

Wood turner Joel Hunnicutt shapes elegant vessels by combining tiny carefully cut segments of diverse wood species into rough forms that are then shaped on a lathe.  He finishes his pieces with lacquer, inks and dyes.

The potluck series celebrates the local food and artists that are crucial to Chatham's rural economy and culture. Local food ingredients for your dish may come from your own backyard or neighboring farms, from local farmers' markets at the Chatham County Fairgrounds in Pittsboro (Thursdays), Fearrington Village (Tuesdays), downtown Siler City (Saturdays), Southern Village (Thursdays) and Carrboro (Wednesdays and Saturdays) or from Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro and Weaver Street in Southern Village and Carrboro.

ChathamArts also exhibits and sells the work of local artists at its gallery at 115 Hillsboro Street in historic downtown Pittsboro. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm and First Sunday's from 12 noon to 5 pm when Pittsboro shops, eateries and galleries are open with arts and crafts for sale on the sidewalks.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's High Country Farm Tour
August 4-5 - More details coming soon. Contact CFSA at 919-542-2402 for more information. website

Backyard Organic Gardening: Planting a Fall Garden
August 1, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leaders: Ken Fager (NCSU) & Steve Moore (NCA&T). A basic backyard organic gardening workshop which will cover garden planning, seed sources, disease management principles, insects, seeding, transplants, fertility and an introduction to biointensive gardening. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

"Potluck in a Pasture" July 15
PITTSBORO -- You can count the sheep, the artists and the local ingredients at the next "Potluck in a Pasture" sponsored by ChathamArts® on Sunday, July 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pugh's Cedarbrakes Sheep Farm pasture near Silk Hope. Watch Fred and Barbara Pugh's sheepdogs, Glenn and Mattie, round up the herd while you listen to Celtic harp music, meet local artists and enjoy a farm-fresh supper in a bucolic setting.

Featured artists include: Lisa and Karl Janson, creators of handmade birch kitting needles, crochet hooks and tools; Sue Szary, a spinner who owns Cashmere goats and Icelandic sheep; weaver Pat Randorf; Celtic harpist Dora Owens; and metal artist Roger Lamana.
The idea for the potluck series is to celebrate the local food and artists that are crucial to Chatham's rural economy and culture. Visitors are asked to bring a potluck dish for eight made with at least one local ingredient, and a copy of the reicpe for a Potluck cookbook. It's a good idea to bring hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and a lawn chair or blanket.

Adults and children over 12 are asked to donate $10 ($8 for ChathamArts members), and $5 for children under 12 ($4 for members); free for children under 5. Proceeds benefit ChathamArts, the non-profit county arts council that supports diverse arts and cultural programs in the schools and the community throughout the year.

Call for more info 919.542.0394.
www.chathamarts.org

NC State Beekeepers' Association Summer Meeting
July 12-14 - Kinston, NC. Contact Paul Madren at 336-786-4848 for more information. website

Fueling the Farm: Managing energy risks, reducing energy costs and exploring alternative energy sources
July 12, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leader: Steve Moore (NCA&T). This day long workshop will provide farmers with an overview of current and future energy use. The workshop will also supply the necessary tools to evaluate alternative energy production and to reduce on farm energy use. Hands-on demonstrations and instruction will be emphasized. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

Making Use of Beneficial Insects for Crop Pest Management and Pollination
July 9, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop from 9:00-3:00 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leaders: Dr. David Orr (NCSU) & Debbie Roos (NC Cooperative Extension). This workshop will include information on beneficial insects used for pest management as well as beneficial insects involved in pollination. The pest management portion of the workshop will begin by providing a background on biological control and how it relates to IPM. We will also take an objective look at how and where biological control can be used and improved. We will cover the DOs and DON'Ts of purchasing and releasing beneficial organisms. We will also objectively examine beneficial insect habitats, a common pest management approach on organic farms. Field demonstrations and hands-on activities will provide participants with a practical background in beneficial insect habitats and straight-forward strategies for increasing the value of beneficial insects released on farms. In the pollinator portion of the workshop participants will learn about the important crop pollinators and the habitat that can help increase their numbers. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

Best Management Practices for Coastal Plain Beef Production
June 30, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop from 8:30-12:00 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leader: Eileen Coite, Wayne County Cooperative Extension. The Wayne County Cattlemen's Association will be coordinating with CEFS and the Eastern NC Beef Cattle Program to offer a summer cattlemen's update.  Topics to include will be calving management, pregnancy diagnosis by blood testing, freeze branding and vaccination techniques, and summer weed control.  At the conclusion of the workshop a light lunch will be served.  Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Mountain Farm & Garden Tour
June 23-24 - More details coming soon. Contact CFSA at 919-542-2402 or visit their website for more information.

Thursday June 28 at Weaver Street Market
Weaver Street Market is located at 101 East Weaver St. in Carrboro, NC;
visit their website at http://www.weaverstreetmarket.com for directions and
store information.

10:00-noon – visit the information tables and displays and talk with
beekeeping experts from NC State University, North Carolina Cooperative
Extension, the NCDA&CS, and the Orange County Beekeepers' Association.

Noon-1:00 - Bee Cage - watch an experienced beekeeper open a hive and talk
about bees and beekeeping; get your burning questions answered

1:00-1:30 – Protect our Pollinators and Plant a Bee Garden – Presentation by
Debbie Roos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center

1:30-2:30 - Bee Cage Demonstration repeated

2:30-3:00 - How to Become a Backyard Beekeeper - Presentation by Dr. David
Tarpy, NCSU Apiculture Specialist

3:00-4:00 - Bee Cage Demonstration repeated

4:00-4:30 - Overview of North Carolina Pollinators – Presentation by Dr.
Steve Bambara, NCSU Entomology Specialist

You will also be able to visit the produce section of Chatham Marketplace
and Weaver Street Market to learn which crops are pollinated by honey bees
and what this means to North Carolina’s economy. And check out the special
display of the many products of the hive available at each store, including
honey harvested by local beekeepers!

Debbie Roos, Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent, will also provide
a sneak peek of her new Pollinator Conservation website where you can learn
about plants appropriate for the Piedmont region that will provide nectar
and pollen for bees and other pollinators; view photos of each plant species
and our common pollinators; and discover print and Internet resources to
learn more about pollinator conservation!

For more information about these events, contact Debbie Roos at
debbie_roos@ncsu.edu.

For more information about National Pollinator Week, visit the Pollinator
Partnership website at http://www.pollinator.org/pollinator_week.htm

We hope to see you there! Bring your family and join in the fun.

Debbie

Wednesday June 27 at Chatham Marketplace

Chatham Marketplace is located in historic Chatham Mills, 480 Hillsboro
Street, Suite 320 in Pittsboro, NC; visit their website at
http://www.chathammarketplace.coop for directions and store information.

1:00-1:45 pm – Protect our Pollinators and Plant a Bee Garden (that looks
great and provides forages for both honey bees and native bees!) –
Presentation by Debbie Roos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham
County Center

1:45-2:30 pm – Watch “bee TV” (observation hive), view exhibits, meet and
mingle with NCSU faculty and Chatham County Beekeepers, ask your burning
questions…

2:30-3:15 pm – How to Become a Backyard Beekeeper – Presentation by Dr.
David Tarpy, NCSU Apiculture Specialist

3:15-4:00 pm – Watch “bee TV” (observation hive), view exhibits, meet and
mingle with NCSU faculty and Chatham County Beekeepers, ask your burning
questions…

4:00-4:45 pm – Overview of North Carolina Pollinators – Presentation by Dr.
Steve Bambara, NCSU Entomology Specialist

First Annual National Pollinator Week
June 24-30

featuring two days of educational programs

Wednesday June 27 at Pittsboro’s Chatham Marketplace
-and-
Thursday June 28 at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro.

Did You Know…?

About 75% of all flowering plant species need the help of animals to move
their heavy pollen grains from plant to plant for fertilization. Most
pollinators are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants,
butterflies, moths, and bees. A small percentage of pollinators are
vertebrates such as hummingbirds, bats, and small mammals such as mice.

Pollinators are essential components of the habitats and ecosystems that
many wild animals rely on for food and shelter. As landscapes are converted
from wild to managed lands, many pollinators’ habitats may be destroyed or
fragmented. These changes can lead to the loss of wildflowers used by
pollinators for foraging, nesting, and/or egg-laying.

Worldwide, approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fiber,
spices, and medicines need to be pollinated by animals in order to produce
the goods on which we depend. Examples include blueberries, melons,
chocolate, coffee, peaches, vanilla, almonds, apples, oranges, lemons,
carrots, avocados, onions, broccoli, and much more!

Honey bees are the primary insect pollinator of approximately 100 crops
nationwide. Honey bees are responsible for one-third of everything that
people eat every day! In North Carolina, many of the economically important
crops such as cucumbers, apples, blueberries, and melons are dependent on
honey bees for pollination and account for $100 million every year.

We have two days full of educational programs scheduled for both Chatham
Marketplace and Weaver Street Market. The schedule is slightly different for
each store, so please see the program schedule below for details. Come learn
about the fascinating world of pollinators, their role in our food system
and ecosystem, and what you can do to help protect them.

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Mountain Farm & Garden Tour
June 23-24 - More details coming soon. Contact CFSA at 919-542-2402 or visit their website for more information.

Pasture Poultry
Production and Rare Breeds
June 19, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop from 9:00-5:00 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leader: Heifer International, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy & Steve Moore (NCA&T). This workshop will provide information on pastured poultry with specific emphasis on the use of rare breeds and breeding flock management. Time will be split between classroom and on farm handling and working with the birds. Topics and information will be useful for a diversity of flock and farm sizes. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

Charlotte On-Farm Benefit Dinner
June 2 - Poplar Ridge Farm in Waxhaw, NC. Enjoy a five course meal, prepared using the best local ingredients by renowned Charlotte area chefs. All proceeds benefit Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Contact CFSA at 919-542-2402 or visit their website for more information.

CEFS Inaugural Spring Sustainable Agriculture Lecture by Carlo Petrini

May 23, 2007 - from 7:00-8:00 pm at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC. Internationally acclaimed author and founder of the Slow Food Movement, Carlo Petrini, will speak on the Slow Food philosophy of good, clean and fair food: that the food we eat should taste good; that it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and that food producers should receive fair compensation for their work. For more information on Carlo Petrini and Slow Food, please visit the Slow Food website or view his biography. Registration not required. The lecture is free and open to the public. Complimentary tickets in our reserved seating area are available to all members of Friends of CEFS. Visit our Friends of CEFS page to learn how to join.

'Farm-to-Fork'

Celebrate Local Foods and Local Farms
May 22nd - 23rd - Featuring Carlo Petrini, acclaimed author and founder of Slow Food International.
In a rare U.S. appearance, Mr. Petrini will join the celebration and lead the conversation about why our food choices matter and how we can help createa new food democracy.    
more info
pdf


Chatham County 'Potluck in a Pasture
'
May 20, from 5 to 7 pm - A plentiful supply of small farms and creative artists makes rural Chatham County special. You can learn more about many of them during ChathamArts second annual Potluck in a Pasture ”series inviting you to tour a working farm, share home-grown seasonal food, and meet local artists monthly throughout the summer.
The series takes place every third Sunday beginning May 20, from 5 to 7 pm, at Horizon Cellars at 466 Vineyard Ridge south of Siler City. The vineyard owned and operated by Guy Loeffler is nestled on a 20-acre property off U.S. 421 south of U.S. 64. Directions and information about Horizon Cellars can be found at www.horizoncellars.com

For info now: dfwalker99@hotmail.com

4th Annual Franklin County Farm Foods & Crafts Tour
May 19-20 - featuring nine diversified farms. The tour is designed to promote a sustainable way of life in Franklin County, support buying local products, support the local art community, and promote "green space" and environmental stewardship. For more information contact Martha Mobley at 919-496-3344 or visit the Franklin County Cooperative website.

Planting Summer Vegetables into Winter Cover Residue (Organic No-till)
May 10, 2007 - Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop from 2:00-4:30 pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leaders: Ken Fager (NCSU) & Steve Moore (NCA&T). Hands-on demonstration of organic production; transplanting summer vegetables into winter cover crop residues. Topics will include fertility, cover crop management, and equipment (manual and powered) for rolling and transplanting.  An optional follow-up meeting on June 7, 2007 6:30-7:30 pm will examine subsequent weed suppression, residue decomposition and vegetable growth. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

12th ANNUAL PIEDMONT FARM TOUR

April 21 & 22 from 1-5 pm. April marks the return of the Piedmont Farm Tour and your opportunity to re-connect with your local growers and producers of delicious, healthy fruits, veggies, meat, and more! all proceeds benefit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Buttons (your ticket to the farms) go on sale March 23. Buttons are $25 in advance or $10 per farm the day of, or $30 for all farms that weekend. More details coming soon. Contact CFSA at 919-542-2402 for more information.

Carrboro Farmers’ Market Second Annual Kid’s Seedling Event

Saturday, April 21, 2007, 8:30 AM - the Carrboro Farmers’ Market will give away Cherry and Sungold tomato seedlings to kids. The Market will supply growing instructions and the Orange County Master Gardeners will be there as well to offer planting advice. About 10 weeks later, the Market asks the kids to come back with a clipping from their seedlings. The fruit is then displayed state fair-style for all to see and admire.
The Market’s vendors donate the seedlings for this event. This event is done the same weekend as the Carolina Farm Stewardship Piedmont Farm Tour with the goal of showing kids where their food comes from. “We hope that kids and their families not only enjoy watching their tomato plant grow but also talk about the taste of “home-grown” tomatoes by eating together,” says Market manager, Sheila Neal.
In 2005, the first year of the event, the Market gave away 180 seedlings with about 30 kids returning in July to show what their plants had yielded.

CEFS Backyard Organic Gardening

Monday, April 16, 6-8pm - This workshop on backyard organic gardening will cover garden planning, seed sources, disease management principles, insects, seeding, transplants, fertility and an introduction to biointensive gardening.
This workshop will take place at the Small Farm Unit at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro, NC.
There is a $10 registration fee for this workshop. more info

Slow Food Triangle Open Planning Meeting
Sunday, April 15th
Piedmont Restaurant
401 Foster Street
Durham, North Carolina
3 PM

Slow Food Triangle had an exciting year in 2006. We tasted locally grown Southern field peas, heirloom apples and farmstead cheeses. We visited Century Farm Orchard, where Angela was reunited with a memorable apple from her childhood in Italy. We helped send twenty-one of our local farmers, chefs, educators and agriculture professionals to Terra Madre and then gathered to sip bicerin while they shared their experiences. We got to know each other over a bountiful potluck of local foods. We built a new web site, blog, and listserv; and our membership is growing.

Help us make 2007 even better!

Come and share your ideas and enthusiasm with us. We need your help planning, organizing, and implementing our events and activities.

Piedmont Restaurant, another highlight of 2006, has offered us the use of their upstairs dining room. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
Join us in supporting and celebrating our local food community. If you plan on coming, please let us know by emailing us at info@slowfoodtriangle.org

Directions:
http://www.piedmontrestaurant.com/directions.html


How to Raise Goats Successfully

Wednesday, April 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Topics will include the basic principles of goat husbandry,  forages, grazing management and fencing for goats, how to  integrate goats into a diversified small farm, non-pharmaceutical  approaches to control gastrointestinal parasites in goats, etc.
Location: Cherry Research Farm, Goldsboro, NC
Leaders: Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl & Dr. Paul Mueller (NCSU)
Registration Form PDF

Come to the Table: Food, Faith and Farms
April 10, 11, 13 - conference sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches' Rural Life Committee in Goldsboro, NC. This conference will be offered in several locations around the state: April 10 (Goldsboro), April 11 (Triangle), and April 13 (Asheville). These one-day regional events will focus on sustaining local agriculture, hunger in our communities, and the role of churches by bringing together farmers, theologians, land stewards, nutritionists, and advocates from across North Carolina's faith communities. Pastors, lay-people and those wanting to learn more about how to respond to these vital issues are encouraged to attend. Dr. Ellen Davis of Duke Divinity School will be one of the keynote speakers. Church-based programs that work will be featured. For more information contact Chris Beers or Betty Bailey or visit the conference website.

Anna Lappé in the SEEDS garden
Saturday, April 7 - A coalition of groups (SEEDS, Stone Circle, Traction, SURGE and Chatham Marketplace) is hosting an afternoon with Anna Lappé in the SEEDS garden. Anna will speak on the topic “Growing Food, Growing Community, Growing Justice.” Come to SEEDS at 2:00 pm to “get dirty in the garden” before eating at 4:00.  Please bring a heavy hors d’ouevre using locally grown ingredients. Anna Lappé, daughter of Frances Moore Lappé, is a nationally recognized author, public speaker, and cofounder of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund. She is the co-author of the national bestseller Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet and Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen. more info: www.seedsnc.org

CEFS Author Series - Anna Lappé

Wednesday, April 4, 7:00-9:00 p.m.  NC State Arboretum. The CEFS Author Series seeks to engage thought and initiate  dialogue about a broad range of sustainable agriculture topics  among the general public, faculty and students from area  universities, and members of the agricultural community. Anna  Lappé is a national bestselling author and public speaker on food  politics, sustainable agriculture, globalization, and social  change. For more information on Anna's work, please visit the Small Planet Institute.

The Effective Use of Plasticulture and Drip Irrigation for Small Farms
April 3, 2007 from 9:00-12:30 pm: Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture Workshop at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in Goldsboro, NC. Leaders: Grace Summers, Rickie Holness, Dr. Keith Baldwin, Steve Moore (NCA&TSU). The program will be a practical demonstration of the following topics: pre-process planning, soil preparation, equipment, irrigation and proper disposal. Each step will be a discussion of pros and cons - what works and other useful information. Visit the CEFS Workshop Calendar for registration forms and directions. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 or cefs_info@ncsu.edu for more information.

March of the Chefs - Slow Food Nation Benefit
Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm, Lantern Restaurant will host an evening to benefit 
Slow Food Nation with two local American cheese-making pioneers, Flo Hawley and Portia McKnight of Chapel Hill Creamery.

Inspired by their October trip to the Italian Piedmont, the six-course menu will showcase their farmstead cheeses and whey-fed pigs as well as prime local ingredients from many of their fellow Terra Madre delegates including Ayrshire Farm, Peregrine Farm, Fickle Creek Farm, and Castle Rock Gardens.

The meal will also be paired with artisan wines from the same region. Throughout the evening, Hawley and McKnight, along with special guests including Alex and Betsy Hitt, Stanley Hughes and Bill Dow will discuss their approach to farming and long-term goals.

The evening will benefit Slow Food Nation  - a festival to promote and reinvigorate America's diverse food traditions that will take place in San Francisco, May 1-4, 2008. For more information, visit lanternrestaurant.com or call 919-969-8846.

No-till Vegetable Production Conference

March 21 - The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer aas part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Agricultural Building Auditorium in Pittsboro, NC. Details will be released early in 2007. Contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202 for more information.

Grafting Heirloom Tomatoes for Disease Control and Improved Yields
March 15, 1-5pm - Agricultural Building Auditorium in Pittsboro, NC. The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop. Speakers include NCSU's Dr. Frank Louws and NCSU graduate student Cary Rivard. We will discuss biology and diagnosis of soil-borne diseases in tomatoes and how grafting can help with disease resistance and improved yields. Cary will discuss his tomato grafting research which includes trials on local farms. He will also conduct a grafting demonstration. Cost for the workshop is $15.00. Contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202 for more information.

2007 Organic Growers School

March 10 - 14th Annual Organic Growers' School in Flat Rock, NC. The annual Organic Growers School is a weekend of educational workshops focused on growing and marketing crops in the North Carolina Mountains. Beginning gardeners, commercial farmers and any folks interested in sustainable living are invited to benefit from the school’s unique curriculum offering classes like “Building Healthy Garden Soil” and “Quality Goat Milk Production”. Workshops are divided into four time slots or sessions throughout the day, each an hour and a half long, and within several different tracks. Tracks cover a wide range of topics from “Homesteading” to “Policy and Research”. In addition, the school hosts intensive half-day workshops, plant walks, on-the-farm field days, local food vendors and speakers. For more information contact Karen Vizzina at 828-369-2375.

10th Annual Georgia Organics Conference

March 8-10 - Douglas, GA. The theme for the conference will be Connecting at the Crossroads: New Directions for Farms, Foods, & Communities. For more information call (678) 702-0400 or visit www.georgiaorganics.org.

From Silent Spring to Silent Night; Pesticides, the Link between Amphibian Declines and Cancer, and What You Should Know - Pesticidie Education Project
March 8, 2007 - 7 PM at the Mary Townes Science Center at NC Central University, Durham, NC
Free and open to the public. website

Workshop on Blueberry Pruning, Propagation & Economics
March 7, 2pm-4pm at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro, NC. This workshop will cover the principles and a field demonstration of pruning established high-bush and rabbiteye blueberry cultivars. Additional instruction will focus on propagation techniques and some of the economic considerations for the small grower. Visit the CEFS Calendar of Events to download a registration form. Contact CEFS at 919-513-0954 for more information.

CFSA Triangle Chapter Social & Potluck
March 4 - 5pm at Benjamin Vineyards in Saxapahaw, NC. Meet the new Executive Director of CFSA, Roland McReynolds, and your fellow farming and local food consuming friends here in the Triangle. Directions at www.benjaminvineyards.com - RSVP to Amy by email or 919-542-2402 by 2/26/2007.

Southern Appalachian Youth (SAY) Food Symposium

March 3, 8am-5pm - Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC. Sponsored by SAY Food. One workshop will explore ways to plug economic leaks through food purchase decisions and through public policies that support local producers. Another session will discuss the role consumers have in sharing agriculture responsibility, supporting local farms, and working towards a food system that is more socially, environmentally, and economically just. Participants will also learn how the food system affects the environment and the role of community in our food system. For more information contact Hillary Wilson or visit the conference website.

NC State Beekeepers’ Association Spring Meeting
March 2-3 - Monroe, NC. Contact Paul Madren at 336-786-4848 for more information. website

Northern Piedmont Specialty Crop School
March 2 - Roxboro, NC. This year's school will feature many ideas for specialty crop growers to be successful in their ventures. Garlic, shallots, and medicinal herbs are among the specialty crops that will be presented by successful local growers.  Agritourism, another marketing tool used to attract customers, will be discussed by an expert roadside marketer. Drip irrigation and fertigation methods will be explained by a knowledgeable expert to help growers get increased yields. For more information, call Carl Cantaluppi at 919-603-1350.

Using and Marketing Traditional Southeastern Livestock Workshop
March 2 - University of Southern Mississippi, Asbury Annex, 3901 Pearl Street, Hattiesburg, MS. Dinner featuring these breeds will be held at Seasons Restaurant. For more information contact the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy at (919) 542-5704, email albc@albc-usa.org, or download the workshop flyer.

Bridging the Gap: Selling to Food Service and Retail
February 28 - NCSU Conference onfrom 8:30 am-2:30 pm in Fayetteville, NC. Sessions include marketing to restaurants and retailers, farm-to-school sales, legal issues in direct marketing, product liability, good agricultural practices to avoid food-borne diseases, and more. For more information visit the conference website or contact Annette Dunlap at 919-515-5169.

Annual Marketing Opportunities for Farmers Conference
February 24 - Swannanoa, NC. Sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. A full day of workshop choices to help farmers large and small answer the question, "Where and how will I sell what I grow?" This year, attendees can choose to attend a half-day farm business planning workshop. For more information, visit the conference website or call ASAP at 828-236-1282.

NC Tomato Growers' Association Winter Vegetable Conference and Annual Meeting
February 21-22 - Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC. Presentations on organics, production issues, new opportunities, large and small scale farming issues, and the farming foundation. For more information, download the conference program or download a registration form. Email Stephanie Wise for more information or visit the NC Department of Agriculture website.

Shiitake Log Inoculation Workshop
February 17 - Grateful Growers Farm in Denver, NC.  Learn about the art and science of cultivating shiitake on logs.  Get hands-on experience, enjoy a gourmet lunch and network with other growers. No fee!  Email Natalie Veres to register.

Forest Health and Fiscally Sound Forestry Workshop
February 15, 7pm at the Agricultural Building Auditorium in Pittsboro, NC. View the complete program details on the Chatham County Cooperative Extension website. Contact Glenn Woolard at 919-542-8202 for more information.

Profitable Produce – Legal Liability and Handling Food Safely
February 14, 10-2pm in Winston-Salem, NC. Topics include Good Agricultural Practices for Raw Food Handling, Getting the Right Liability Insurance Coverage, and Avoiding Liability Lawsuits. Download a registration form or contact Annette Dunlap at 919-515-5969 or for information.

Annual Open Barn at Celebrity Dairy

February 10-11, 12n-5pm in Siler City. Bring the two-legged kids, tour the dairy and farm and see all the newborn goat kids. You may even get lucky and see one giving birth! See photos from the 2006 celebration. Visit Celebrity Dairy's website or call 919-742-5176 for directions.

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) conference
January 25-28, 2007 - Annualin Louisville, KY. The conference will include short courses, conference sessions, exhibits, farm tours, and a trade show. Details to be released later. Visit the Southern SAWG website for more information.

Terra Madre Recap
Sunday, January 21st 4pm-6pm
In October, twenty-one of our local farmers, chefs, educators and agriculture professionals joined 9,000 delegates from 150 nations in Turin, Italy to work together to find solutions to the challenges they face as stewards of their land and communities at Slow Food International's 2006 Terra Madre. Please join us on Sunday, January 21 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Carrboro Century Center's Century Hall to hear our Triangle delegates share their stories.
Come sip bicerin (tasty Torino-style hot chocolate made with local pasture-raised milk), see pictures from the trip and ask our panel of delegates about their experience. There will also be time to find out more information about Slow Food, our local convivium and sustainable food production in our area.
At around 6pm, we will move the discussion to Panzanella where we will gather for an informal dinner. If you can join us at Panzanella, please call the restaurant at 929-6626 as soon as possible to reserve a spot since seating will be limited.

For more information about this event, please contact Daryl Walker at (919)-967-3716

The Lantern Table
Tuesday, January 16th 6:30 pm - Lantern Restaurant’s annual Chicken & the Egg dinner featuring Fickle Creek Farm.
4 courses -$49, not including wine, tax or gratuity. The dinner will feature Delaware roosters!
Once again Ben & Noah will be joining us.
more info


1st Annual Slow Food Ham-n-Yam
Sunday, Dec. 3 - all local pot luck dinner. 4 pm at Lantern Restaurant.
Announce your dish in the blog!

The Lantern Table
Wednesday, Dec 6 – Lantern will host a 4-course Classic Peking Duck Dinner in the bar featuring the English heritage duck breed known as Aylesbury. 6:30 pm more info

Pastured Poultry Production Conference
December 1, 2006
Pittsboro, NC

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer
a Pastured Poultry Production Conference as part of its Enhancing
Sustainability Series from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Agricultural Building
Auditorium in Pittsboro, NC. The conference will focus on the nuts and bolts
of production including breed selection, brooder management, housing,
fencing, predator control, feeding, watering, and much more. Details will be
released later in October. Contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202 or
debbie_roos@ncsu.edu for more information.

Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
North Carolina State University
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Chatham County Center
Growing Small Farms Website:
http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms
Post Office Box 279
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Email: debbie_roos@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.542.8202 Fax: 919.542.8246

3rd Annual Hands-on Farmstead Cheesemaking Short Course
November 29-December 1, 2006
Raleigh, NC
Conducted by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. For full
details, download the agenda and registration form at
http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms/FarmsteadNewsletter06-08.pdf
or contact Gary Cartwright at 919-513-2488.

3rd Annual North Carolina Natural Products Conference
November 17-18, 2006
"Cultivating the New Wellness-Driven Economy in North Carolina"
Boone, NC

The Third Annual North Carolina Natural Products Association Conference will
take place at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center in Boone on November 17
and 18, 2006. The conference registration fee is $95 for members of the
North Carolina Natural Products Association (NCNPA); $135 for the general
public.

The purpose of the event is to inform and inspire attendees about the
economic potential of natural products for North Carolina. Opportunities
are available in agriculture, medicine, manufacturing, and research for a
wide array of natural products ranging from native medicinal herbs and
functional foods to biofuels. This conference will provide information from
leaders in the field, many from North Carolina. Attendees will choose from
a number of hands-on workshops and information-packed educational sessions
designed to help them realize the opportunities that await as North Carolina
expands into a wellness-driven economy.

Friday's workshops will be followed by dinner and a keynote presentation by
Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association.
Saturday's educational program will be highlighted by a lunchtime plenary
address by Loren Israelson of the Utah Natural Products Alliance.

Saturday's sessions are contained in five tracks: Natural Health & Wellness,
Science & Natural Biotechnology, The Business of Natural Products, Regional
Opportunities, and Horticulture. Workshop presenters include: Omar Cruz of
Gaia Herbs, Dr. Keith Levine of the Research Triangle Institute, John
Grassby of Yampa Valley Botanicals, Robin Suggs of MoonBranch Botanicals,
Dr. Jeanine Davis of NC State University, Cheryl McMurry of the Western
Office of the NC Biotechnology Center, and many more. Please visit
www.ncnaturalproducts.org for a complete session listing.

You can access the program online at http://ncnaturalproducts.org. If you
would like a stack of printed programs, please contact Lindsay Benedict,
conference coordinator, at 828.777.5747 or Lbenedict@NCARBORETUM.ORG.

The NC Natural Products Association was formed in 2002 to establish North
Carolina as a leader in the natural products industry.


Carrboro Farmers’ Market 4th Annual Thanksgiving Market
Tuesday, November 21, 3-6 PM 301 West Main Street, on the Town Commons

Carrboro Farmers’ Market hosts its 4th annual Thanksgiving Market Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 3-6 PM. Over 30 vendors participate in this Market to help customers create a local Thanksgiving meal. For the shopper who wants to use locally produced goods for their holiday celebration, the Thanksgiving Market offers an array of items from cheeses for appetizers, to vegetables for side dishes, to pre-ordered, pastured, heritage breed turkeys, to cranberry relish and the pie for dessert. So many items that you are encouraged to visit the Market first and the grocery store second.

Some of the specific items to expect are: arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, collards, fresh herbs, kales, leeks, shitake mushrooms, mustard greens, salad greens, spinach, sweet potatoes, turnips, turnip greens, winter squashes, pecans, locally-raised meats, eggs, cow’s milk cheeses, breads, bread crumbs, pies, cakes, jams, and relishes.

Any questions about the Thanksgiving Market may be directed to Sheila Neal at 919.280.3326 or at sdneal@bellsouth.net

3rd Annual North Carolina Natural Products Conference

November 17-18
"Cultivating the New Wellness-Driven Economy in North Carolina"
Boone, NC more info

4th Annual Heritage Turkey Dinner
Thursday, November 2 - Panzanella - featuring Bourbon Reds grown by Alex & Betsy Hitt. 10% of proceeds benefits ALBC.

Mid-Atlantic Grazing Conference
October 31-November 1, 2006
Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Goldsboro, NC
This multi-state educational program will include invited speakers, a panel
discuusion among dairy graziers, and presentations of pasture-based dairy
research at CEFS. Visit the CEFS website at
http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/dairygrazingmain.htm for conference details.

Organized by Steve Washburn, NC A&T State University. Email
cefs_info@ncsu.edu or call 919-513-0954 for more information.

Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Oct. 27-29 - The Sustainable Agriculture Conference (SAC) is CFSA’s primary educational and inspirational event. Over the past 21 years, the SAC has emerged as a catalyst for change in developing a local and organic food community through providing valuable resources for new and practicing organic and sustainable farmers, researchers, consumers, educators, gardeners, extension agents and local food advocates.  This community springs forth from the lively exchange of information and experiences between conference participants and sustainable agriculture experts from across the country and especially the Southeast. more info

Terra Madre
Oct. 26-30 - Local farmers and chefs blog from Terra Madre in Turin, Italy.

Lecture - "Pesticides, Poisoning and Self-Harm"
October 24, 2006 3:00-4:30 pm
Chapel Hill, NC
Presented by:Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD
Director, Colorado Injury Control Research Center
Professor, Department of Psychology,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

Studies have reported high rates of suicide among selected occupations,
including farmers. Recently, exposure to pesticides was hypothesized to
serve as a risk factor for suicidal behavior as well as the agent used in
acts of self-harm. Animal studies document the impact of organophosphate
exposure on serotonin levels providing evidence for the possible link
between exposure to organophosphate pesticides and suicide in humans. The
literature and ongoing research on the relationship between exposure to
organophosphate pesticides, depression, aggression, and suicidal behavior
will be discussed.

The program will be at the Tate Turner Kuralt Auditorium on the UNC campus
in Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This seminar is free and open
to the public. Registration is NOT required. If you have any questions,
please call 919-966-2251 or 843-3530.

SEEDS Harvest Dinner
Tuesday, Oct. 10 - 3rd Annual Harvest Dinner with author Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Apples and Cheese

Sunday, Oct. 1st 4 pm - Heirloom apple preservationist Lee Calhoun will be our guide at a tasting of Old Southern Apples and Farmstead cheeses. We will taste about 6 perfectly ripe examples of the 1300 varieties which originated in the South, followed by a few amazing local cheeses from Celebrity Dairy and Chapel Hill Creamery.

The tasting is $10 per person ($8 for Slow Food members).  Wine, and of course tea and coffee will be available a la carte. Space is limited  and reservations are recommended. Sign up by email - badi@3cups.net  or call 919.968.8993.

Center for Environmental Farming Systems Fall Festival
Saturday, Sept. 16 - More Info

Southern Field Pea Tasting

On Sunday, September 10th at 4 pm, 3 Cups will host the first in a special series of Slow Food Tasting Events: Southern Field Peas. Introduced by West African slaves, field peas are one of the most beloved southern foods, with many varieties emerging from seed saving. David Auerbach and April McGreger will guide us through a dozen or so of the hundreds of known varieties of cowpeas (several of which they grew for us) and offer tastes of the peas alongside their potlikkers and black skillet cornbread made from organic heirloom corn.

Varieties will most likely include: Red ripper peas, Black eyed peas, Colossus rowders, Big boy field peas, Brown crowders, Dixie Lee crowders, Purple Hull pinkeye peas, Mississippi Silver Hull crowders, Purple Hull crowders and Lady cream peas.

The tasting is $10 per person ($8 for Slow Food members).  Wine, and of course tea and coffee will be available a la carte. Space is limited  and reservations are recommended. Sign up by email - badi@3cups.net  or call 919.968.8993. 

Independent Weekly article

Chefs at Market
- Carrboro
Saturday, Sept. 9 – Local chefs participate in a picnic-themed tasting event at the Carrboro Farmers' Market.  9am-12noon.


Durham Farmers' Market - Chef in the Market Series 2006

The Durham Farmers’ Market brings a wide variety of farm fresh products to Durham every Saturday morning from April through the Saturday before Thanksgiving. All of our farmers come from Durham and surrounding counties within 70 miles of the market and grow everything that they sell. There are several certified organic growers and many that follow sustainable growing practices. Find us on Morris Street just south of the old Durham Athletic Park. For more info see our website www.durhamfarmersmarket.com.

June 24th – Jessica Carraway
Artisan Cupcakes, Durham

August 5th – Charlie Deal
Jujube, Chapel Hill

August 12th – Sam Poley
Restaurant Starlu, Durham

September 9th – Amy Tornquist
Sage and Swift Catering, Durham

September 30th – Andrea Reusing
Lantern, Chapel Hill

October 14th – John Vandergrift
Pops, Durham

October 28th – Shane Ingram
Four Square, Durham

November 4th – Andy & Abby Magowan
Piedmont, Durham


Saving Seeds in the Piedmont - Doug Jones

This course will focus on seed saving and basic plant breeding techniques, useful to both growers and backyard gardeners. Students will learn how to save their own seeds of many vegetables and grains, and how to improve the gene pool of their crops to adapt  them to our local conditions.  Students can take home many kinds of seeds.
8/31/06 to 10/19/06, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, $56.25
To register: Call 919-542-6495 ext. 223 - CCCC - Pittsboro

 
 
 
 
 


   


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