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NC Farm School is now accepting applications for two locations:  the Northern Piedmont School will be held in Durham County and the Piedmont School will be held in Davie County.

North Carolina Farm School (NCFS) is a unique entrepreneurial program for new and transitioning farmers with the mission of increasing the number of successful farmers in North Carolina. The NC Farm School program offers eight business-planning seminars taught by Extension Specialists and Agents. These sessions give students the tools to match a crop or animal operation to their current goals, land resources, and marketing opportunities. The school is easy to fit into a busy schedule by providing evening classes twice a month from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. that focus on different areas of agricultural business. Classes cover practical steps in goal setting, resource assessment, financial management, and effective marketing strategies. The goal of NC Farm School is to allow a pathway of success for farmers to generate successful businesses.

The program also includes field trips to working farms, many of which completed our program and operate successful farms. Participants learn economically sustainable farming methods in a range of production systems, including fruits, vegetables, specialty crops, poultry, animal husbandry, and agritourism. There are four, day-long field days in addition to the graduation.

One of the features of the NC Farm School is getting one on one time with NC State University specialists trained in agricultural business, marketing, production system evaluation, and business startup. These consultations are invaluable to help saving student’s time and money and getting their farm business up and running. In addition, students will meet a local extension agent who can help them follow through with their plans, connect them to local resources, and ensure they have a sound production system in place.

Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, and Yadkin Counties are joining together to host the 2022 Piedmont Farm School in Mocksville, NC. At this time, we are planning to host the program in person adhering to all safety protocols to ensure the health of all those attending. How the program will proceed will be based on County, State, and University guidelines at the time the program is delivered.

Applications for the 2022 Piedmont NC Farm School is now open. The dates for the classroom sessions at the Mocksville location are February 1, 15, March 1, 15, April 5, 19, and May 3, and 17. The day-long field trips will be March 24, April 28, May 12, and May 26. There will be a graduation on June 9. The cost is $399 per person or $599 per pair. Click here for more information.