Registration is Open for Sustainable Ag Conference

The 31st Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held November 4-6, 2016 in Durham, NC. Over 1,200 attendees are expected to attend for workshops, hands-on intensives, farm tours, demonstrations, and more. A highlight of the conference is the Local Food Feast Friday, November 4 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center. Friday’s schedule also includes skill-building intensives and tours of area farms and food businesses.



Salisbury Farm Perfecting the Art of Mozarella di bufala

David and Faythe DiLoreto discovered the delicious taste of mozzarella di bufala while on vacation in Italy 5 years. Today, at their 64 acre farm in Salisbury, Fading D Farm, they are raising buffalo and are in full production of their own mozzarella di bufala. In fact, they have are the first buffalo dairy farm in North Carolina. Learn more from the article below.

The Charlotte Observer

1st Annual Lomax Field Day May 3rd

The 1st Annual Lomax Farm Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2016. There are two tracks: Technical Field Day for farmers and ag professionals from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. which includes 5 morning workshops and 2 afternoon intensives, and Friends Field Day for community members from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. which includes lunch with Lomax and local farmers and a walking tour of the farm.  Cost to attend either track is $15. More information and registration can be found at the link below. Please share!

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

RSVP for March 10th Meeting

The Cabarrus County Farm & Food Council (CCFFC) will host the first-ever Charlotte Regional Food Council Gathering at their upcoming general meeting on March 10, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CC Government Center in Concord. Individuals interested in the local food movement, supporting area farmers and producers, and prior and current food council members across the Charlotte area are invited to participate in this important forum. The form is designed to:

  • Nurture relationships among community leaders transforming food systems in the region.
  • Assess strengths, opportunities, and challenges for food councils in the region.
  • Identify common goals and strategies to move regional food system work forward.
  • Share resources, tools, and technologies.

A light fare of local food will be provided. Reservations are required.


Local Food Symposium 3/13

The Piedmont Culinary Guild is hosting a Local Food Symposium from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on March 13, 2016 at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. The Symposium consists of 19 sessions about local food systems, covering everything from jam making to vegan cooking.The goal of the symposium is to create dialog among farmers, chefs, culinary educators, industry professionals, and others about “getting back to the basics: what we eat, what we drink, and how we can all work together to create a healthier, increasingly  sustainable food environment.”

Cost is $65 and includes lunch. Register at the link below.

Piedmont Culinary Guild



Workshop: How to Sell At Farmers Markets

“Farmers Market Bootcamp” will cover topics such as: customer relations, how to increase revenue, and how to use social media. The workshop will be help on November 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Huntersville, 16500 Holly Crest Lane. Detra Denay Davis of the Foodpreneur Institute and Central Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center are putting on this workshop for those new to selling at farmer’s markets or for those who want to increase their business. The cost is $39. Registration is required.

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