NC State Agroecology Education Farm and Program 2016-11-26T09:30:43+00:00

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NC State Agroecology Education Farm and Program

agroecology-farmThe NC State Agroecology Education Farm (AEF) is a project of the NC State University Agroecology Minor Program.

The Agroecology Education Farm’s mission is to promote agroecology and sustainable food systems by providing a diversity of experiential learning opportunities for NC State and the broader community.

History

In 2005, the NC State Agroecology Education Farm started with a vision from Drs. Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, David Orr and Mike Linker to create a space near campus for students and community to learn about sustainable agriculture.

Developing this at the Lake Wheeler Field Station near the Historic Yates Mill Park was important to demonstrate sustainable agriculture near a natural area. The Historic Yates Mill Park has been an important supporter for the farm from the beginning, which was dedicated in 2006 by the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

Faculty and staff volunteers weed around crops at the Agroecology Education Farm. Photo © Roger Winstead

Faculty and staff volunteers weed around crops at the Agroecology Education Farm. Photo © Roger Winstead

Since then, CALS, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and the NC State Department of Crop Science have provided critical support.

In 2013, the AEF began producing for NC State University Dining, bringing food and agroecology education in to NC State dining halls. In 2015, University Dining supported season extension to increase the farm’s production.

Alison Reeves was hired as the farm manager in 2013.

Partners

Student Organizations

The Agroecology Education Farm is engaged with the following NC State Student Organizations:

Get Involved!

Stop by on our regular volunteer days: Monday and Wednesday, 3 pm to dusk.

Bring a club or group to visit or volunteer at the farm. We welcome groups for either tours or service learning projects.  Contact us for more information.

Come out to one of our educational events, or even teach one yourself! Check out our events page or contact the farm manger about teaching possibilities.