Events & Professional Development Opportunities 2018-10-08T21:26:51+00:00

Upcoming Events

Food and Farm Business Development Webinar Series

Missed a webinar?  Don’t worry!  View all the recorded NCGT Food and Farm Business Development Webinars on our YouTube channel.

The Business of Agriculture Series

Presented by Chatham County Small Business Center, Chatham County Cooperative Extension and the CCCC Sustainable Agriculture Program with support from NC Growing Together.

Mondays, October 1 – November 19 | 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Central Carolina Community College | Pittsboro Campus, Building 42, Room 108

This eight week series will enable experienced food and farming entrepreneurs to gain the skills needed to craft a new business plan to diversify, expand or better manage their existing operation. Students will gain greater understanding of finance, marketing and management tools needed to successfully operate their business. Registration for the full eight week session is recommended for the most comprehensive business plan. Each session builds on the content from the previous session. Instructors will feature local case studies and guest speakers.

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The course is free but pre-registration is required.  Register online at

The Business of Organic Farming Series

Presented by Pitt Community College Small Business Center, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), and NC Cooperative Extension 

Five free, in-depth training sessions on what it means for a farm to be organically certified, how to obtain and maintain organic certification, the business planning of organic farm operations, as well as record-keeping and organic product pricing and marketing. Students who complete all five sessions will have access to an on-farm consultation with CEFS Farming Systems Specialist, Melissa Bell.

The following classes are stand-alone trainings, but you are highly encouraged to attend all five:

Wednesday October 10, 6:00 -9:00 pm | Introduction to Organic Certification
Wednesday October 17, 6:00 -9:00 pm | Record Keeping for Certified Organic Operations
Wednesday October 24, 6:00 -9:00 pm | Pricing Your Product
Wednesday October 31, 6:00 -9:00 pm | “Outside of the Box” Marketing
Wednesday November 7, 6:00 -9:00 pm | Promoting Organic with Social Media Apps

This training is tailored for farmers with existing farm operations who have an interest in becoming organically certified, but is open to anyone interested in the subject.

For more information or to register, visit and search ”organic farming,” or contact Gail Nichols at (252)-493-7625 or


For information about the LFE initiative please contact Laura Lauffer at or 919-444-1478.