Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Webpage from Our Organic Extension Training

In June 2012 we held an organic training for Extension personnel and other agricultural educators. This took place in western North Carolina and was a Southern SARE funded project through Tuskegee University. We just made a webpage for the training which includes photos, resources, a few presentations, the agenda, a list of the attendees, and a few other goodies. I hope you find this helpful.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Article on the East Coast Broccoli Project

Thank you to local organic farmer, Michael Porterfield, for passing this article on to me about the broccoli project we are involved in!  It is published here on  We are making plans for next year's studies. We will have big trials again at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville and be working closely with a farmer in Henderson County.  In addition, we will be repeating our organic broccoli variety trials in the certified organic research unit on the same research station.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Have Input into What NC State Does for You!

You may have heard that we have a new Dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University. His name is Dr. Richard Linton.  In his effort to make our college the best in the nation, he has organized a strategic planning initiative. This is your opportunity to have a say in how Your agriculture college in YOUR landgrant university develops. This is your opportunity to express what is happening with your agricultural business so the college can create programs and efforts to help you succeed.  This is your opportunity to tell the college which programs are important, which ones you think we don't need anymore, and which should be better funded.

There are several things you can do.  First, there is a stakeholder survey that you can take.

Second, there are listening sesisons you can attend. This is where you talk and they listen. Here's the schedule. I've highlighted the western NC onesin red  since that's where most of my blog and Facebook followers are located:
And here is the link to the website for the whole strategic initiative.  You can even leave comments right there.