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May 09, 2007

Petrini is speaker for CEFS lecture

Carlo Petrini

Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food International, will speak at North Carolina State University’s McKimmon Center at 7 p.m. May 23, during a rare United States appearance. Petrini will discuss the meaning and value of preserving food traditions, defending biodiversity and protecting food that is good, clean and fair.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ Inaugural Sustainable Agriculture Lecture. It will be part of a two-day celebration with Petrini, “Farm-to-Fork: A Celebration of Local Foods and Local Farms,” in the Triangle May 22-23.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems is a research, teaching and extension center in Goldsboro focused on sustainable agriculture. CEFS is a partnership of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Prior to the lecture, Friends of CEFS will host a private benefit reception with Petrini at the N.C. State University Visitor Center, 1210 Varsity Drive, adjacent to McKimmon Center, from 5-7 p.m. Friends of CEFS is a non-profit organization for those who support CEFS’ commitment to a sustainable future for agriculture. For information regarding CEFS benefit and reserved lecture seating, contact Lisa Forehand, 919.513.0954, cefs_info@ncsu.edu or the Web site, www.cefs.ncsu.edu

For more information about CEFS, local foods or sustainable agriculture, contact Dr. Nancy Creamer, 919.515.9447 or nancy_creamer@ncsu.edu. Creamer is a professor of Horticultural Science at N.C. State and CEFS director.

Background for Media
Through a number of efforts, North Carolina Cooperative Extension has been instrumental in bringing local growers and consumers together. Through farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture programs, farm tours and other arrangements, Extension has worked to develop local food systems across North Carolina.

Since 1999, the number of farmers’ markets across the United States has doubled as consumers’ interest in local foods grows. Local food systems provide consumers with fresh, locally grown products, while providing growers with an accessible market for their products. Information about the Slow Food movement in the Triangle is available at http://www.slowfoodtriangle.org/.

To learn more about how Cooperative Extension has increased the availability of local foods in the Triangle, contact the following Extension agents and specialists

Moore Square Farmers’ Market, Raleigh
North Carolina Cooperative Extension professionals were instrumental in helping establish this market last year.
Carl Cantaluppi, Extension agent for Granville and Person counties, 919.603.1350 or carl_cantaluppi@ncsu.edu
Morris Dunn, Extension agent, Wake County, 919.250.1117 or morris_dunn@ncsu.edu
Theresa Nartea, Extension agribusiness and marketing specialist, N.C. A&T State University, 336.334.7956, ex. 2109 or tjnartea@ncat.edu

Creedmoor Farmers’ Market
Carl Cantaluppi, extension agent for Granville and Person counties, has helped establish this market (Saturdays, beginning May 19).

Wake Forest Farmers’ Market
Morris Dunn, Wake County Extension agent, helped the market vendors acquire tents to enhance the market’s appearance.

Holly Springs Farmers’ Market
Morris Dunn and Theresa Nartea helped the town survey citizens’ desire for a local farmers’ market. Holly Springs’s first farmers’ market will open this spring.

Smithfield Farmers’ Market
Johnston County’s Cooperative Extension center has been involved in establishing a farmers’ market in downtown Smithfield that is open now (Fridays).
Amie Newsome, Extension agent, 919.496.3344 or amie_newsome@ncsu.edu

Pinehurst Farmers Market
Cooperative Extension in Moore County worked with First Health Moore Regional Hospital to create the new market in the heart of Pinehurst, with about a dozen vendors who sell fresh produce, flowers, herbs, jams and jellies (Mondays, 3-8 p.m.).
Taylor Williams, Extension agent, 910.947.3188 or taylor_williams@ncsu.edu

NC Choices
Affiliated with CEFS, NC Choices promotes sustainable pork production and helps develop direct markets. Triangle area producers can be found at the Web site http://www.ncchoices.com/farmers_piedmont.htm
Jennifer Curtis, project manager, 919.967.0014 or jencurt@mindspring.com

Community-Supported Agriculture programs
Extension has been instrumental in developing Community-Supported Agriculture programs for two local employers and more recently for a Wake County master-planned community. Bedford at Falls River teams with the Vollmer Farm of Bunn to host a CSA for residents. The employers who established CSAs with extension’s help are:
Research Triangle Institute, started by CEFS: http://www.rti.org/csa
Duke University: http://www.hr.duke.edu/farmersmarket/mobile_market.html
Theresa Nartea, Extension agribusiness and marketing specialist, N.C. A&T State University, 336.334.7956, ex. 2109 or tjnartea@ncat.edu

Chatham County’s “Growing Small Farms” Web site
Extension agent Debbie Roos reaches out to local growers through her award-winning Web site “Growing Small Farms.” The site offers information for growers on production, marketing and more. Roos also is involved with three local farmers’ markets in Pittsboro, Fearrington and Siler City.
Debbie Roos, 919.542.8202 or debbie_roos@ncsu.edu

Durham’s SEEDS and DIG programs
Specialists at N.C. A&T State University worked with this community garden and education program that sells produce at the Durham Farmers’ Market.
Robert Williamson, Extension natural resources specialist, 336.334.7956 or robertw@ncat.edu
Ellen Smoak, Western District Coordinator, 336.334.7956 or smoak@ncat.edu
Lucy Harris, SEEDS executive director, 919.683.1197

Franklin County Farm Foods & Crafts Tour (May 19-20)

Franklin County’s Cooperative Extension center has been involved in this tour, which introduces consumers to local farms, since in began four years ago.
Martha Mobley, Franklin County Extension agent, 919.496.3344 or martha_mobley@ncsu.edu

Marketing efforts for beef and goat meat
Franklin County Cooperative Extension was instrumental in establishing two organizations to market sustainably raised beef and goat meat.
Franklin County Natural Beef, http://www.buynaturalbeef.us
NC Meat Goat Producers, Inc., http://www.ordergoat.com
Martha Mobley
--N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at May 9, 2007 09:01 AM