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What We Do

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

Programs and Initiatives

Amazing Grazing
Amazing Grazing
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Community Food Strategies
FoodCorps NC
FoodCorps NC
food-system-core
Committee on Racial Equity in the Food System
Food Youth Initiative
Food Youth Initiative
NC 10% Campaign
NC 10% Campaign
NC Choices
NC Choices
NC Growing Together
NC Growing Together

Featured Resources

CEFS maintains a large multimedia resource library. Browse our featured resources below or visit our full resource library here.

Field Research

CEFS’ 2000-acre Field Research and Outreach Facility at Cherry Farm in Goldsboro has six distinct research units that provide research opportunities for faculty, graduate students, and visiting scientists as well as demonstration models for farmers, extension agents and students.

Research Units


Farming Systems Research Unit
Farming Systems Research Unit
Pasture-Based Dairy Unit
Pasture-Based Dairy Unit
Pasture-Based Beef Unit
Pasture-Based Beef Unit
organic-research
Organic Research Unit
Small Farm Unit
Small Farm Unit
Alternative Swine Unit
Alternative Swine Unit