Budding farmers get hands-on lessons and 1/4 acre to till

September 1, 2008 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Two of the barriers to getting started in farming are high land prices and inadequate knowledge of agriculture and marketing. Thanks to N.C. State University’s N.C. Cooperative Extension program in Orange County, new farmers can take eight-weeks of training, form a business plan and begin growing their crops on 1/4 acre at its Breeze Farm. The project is called PLANT, People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow. The idea is to cultivate more local produce and a food supply “not totally revolving around development, urbanization and congestion,” Ag Extension Agent Carl Matyac said in the News and Observer. To learn more contact Beverly Shuford beverly_shuford@ncsu.edu

In Chatham County, students can get a degree or certificate in sustainable agriculture and learn hands-on at the five-acre Land Lab in Pittsboro, as part of Central Carolina Community College’s unique Sustainable Agriculture Program.

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