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CEFS receives Kellogg Foundation grant for outreach series

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has received a $10,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in support of its “Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture” outreach series, which includes farmer and consumer-oriented workshops, a sustainable agriculture lecture and a family-oriented fall festival.

CEFS, located in Goldsboro, is a partnership of N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University and the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

The “Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture” workshop series was initiated in 2006 to celebrate 10 years of CEFS programming.

“The workshop series was so successful in educating farmers, other agricultural professionals, students and consumers, we’ve decided not only to continue it, but expand it to include two new events: an author series and an annual sustainable agriculture lecture,” said Dr. Nancy Creamer, CEFS director.

“We are grateful to the Kellogg Foundation for supporting these important initiatives,” said Dr. Johnny Wynne, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “Our overall goal for CEFS programming is to broaden the dialogue about sustainable agriculture and local food systems among the general public, educators, policy makers, health professionals, agriculture professionals, students and others, furthering the development and implementation of sustainable community-based food systems in North Carolina.”

— Suzanne Stanard