RALEIGH — We might be a little biased but we think NC Farm School farm tours are the best way to get to know the business of farming. NC Farm School graduate David Brown agrees,”I like these trips because you can actually see it….to see how people are making it work is really helpful.”
Our students get encouraged when they see other farmers making their dreams of owning a farm a real venture. The class had a chance to visit a local mushroom farm owned and operated by Beth Gayden, a hard working woman who owns “Shrooms 2 Grow” in Louisburg, NC. Tonya Taylor, another farm school graduate, says,”It gives me as a woman inspiration…if she can do this and she is encouraging others to do this then it is definitely feasible and possible.”
Thanks to hard working North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents these field days are possible. The 2017 NC Farm School in the Eastern Piedmont was hosted by Charles Mitchell and Martha Mobley from Franklin County Cooperative Extension. They had the support of Kelsey Lichtenwalner from Warren County, Paul McKenzie from Vance and Warren County, Matthew Stevens from Nash County, and Jeana Myers from Wake County. These agents play a key role in helping students get plugged into the local farming community and find support to get started.
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— Derek Washburn
NC Farm School Associate
Agricultural & Resource Economics – NC State University
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