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October 09, 2007

Local food is focus of workshop

Agents and growers are invited to a five-part workshop series on local foods, to be held in Person County beginning Oct. 17, and continuing on Wednesdays through Nov. 14. All sessions will be held at the Person County center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

The workshop series has been organized by Carl Cantaluppi, area horticulture agent for Person and Granville counties, and Mike Lanier, area agribusiness agent based in Orange County. A registration fee of $25 covers the entire series, including lunch for the first session and a notebook of materials.

"There has been a growing interest among farmers, consumers and grocery chains in promoting and marketing locally grown foods. Farmers who grow and market locally provide a fresher product to the consumer, compared with food that is grown in distant areas and shipped in," Cantaluppi says.

The first workshop will be held noon to 3 p.m. and will include a lunch of pasture-raised chicken, grown by Bailey Newton of Triple B Farms in Bullock. The workshop session, entitled "Buying Locally to Promote the Local Food Concept," will include guest panelists from Whole Foods and Weaver Street Market in Carrboro.

To register, contact Cantaluppi at carl_cantaluppi@ncsu.edu or 336.599.1195.

The other workshops and speakers are:
Session 2, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon
How the Energy Outlook is Raising the Stakes for Local and Organic Food Production

Mike Lanier

Session 3, Oct. 31, 1-3 p.m.
Staggered Planting and Season Extension Techniques

Steve Moore, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Goldsboro

Session 4, Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m.
Organic Vegetable Production

Alex Hitt, Peregrine Farms, Graham

Session 5, Nov. 14, 1-3 p.m.
Produce Enterprise: Marketing, Post-Harvest Handling, Insect and Disease Identification and Control

Carl Cantaluppi

Posted by Natalie at October 9, 2007 10:51 AM