Don’t Miss 2021 Small Farms Week: March 21-27
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s annual tribute to small-scale agriculture will be held March 21-27, 2021, and will offer a variety of virtual events and educational programs designed to inform the public and provide research-based information to support small farmers.
Farmers and interested members of the public are invited to sign up free of charge at the Small Farms Week registration webpage.
The 35th annual Small Farms Week is presented by Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. A&T State University with the theme, “35 Years: Resilience. Strength. Diversity.” The week’s virtual events are designed for farmers with limited incomes and acreage and will provide them with information to become more resilient and more profitable. The general public is also encouraged to attend.
A virtual kickoff preceding Small Farms Week will take place Friday, March 19, and highlight agriculture in Avery County, the home of the 2020 Small Farmers of the Year, Amos and Kaci Nidiffer. The event will include a presentation about farming in Avery County, a panel of local farmers and recognition of the Nidiffers for their award.
The virtual program will continue Monday, March 22, with sessions about the health benefits of community gardening and ways to boost your immune system during the pandemic. A virtual education forum on Tuesday, March, 23 will cover plant production, farm management, high tunnel winter production and livestock production. A panel of N.C. A&T State University students will discuss the wide variety of career opportunities available in agriculture and related fields.
Wednesday, March 24, will feature a virtual educational forum on marketing and agribusiness and a small farms update by members of N.C. A&T State University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. The day also includes one of the highlights of the week: the virtual Small Farmers’ Appreciation Program, with a keynote address by Jimmy Gentry, president of the North Carolina Grange, and the announcement of the 2021 Small Farmer of the Year.
The final event of Small Farms Week 2021 will be a panel discussion among N.C. A&T State University students on Thursday, March 25, about opportunities for young people in agriculture.