Sustainable Agriculture Program at Central Carolina Community College accepting applications

Ready to learn more about the Principles and Practices of Regenerative Agriculture? The Sustainable Agriculture Program at CCCC in Pittsboro is accepting applications NOW for Fall 2018.

Apply online: http://www.cccc.edu/admissions/apply/

At CCCC’s sustainable agriculture program students have the opportunity for “Real Farming- Right Now”. The Pittsboro-based program has an on-campus, year-round certified organic farm that is an integral part of teaching and learning. A commitment to building and stewarding healthy soil through regenerative practices is at the heart of this entrepreneurial focused program. Continue reading

Northern Va. Students Honored with President’s Environmental Youth Award for Healthy and Sustainable Farming Practices

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the George Mason High School Environmental Group, a group of 11 students in Falls Church, Va. will receive the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for grade levels 6-12 for their work with healthy and sustainable farming practices. The national award is presented each year to exceptional students who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership to address difficult environmental challenges.

“Today, we are pleased to honor these impressive young leaders, who demonstrate the impact that a few individuals can make to protect our environment,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These students are empowering their peers, educating their communities, and demonstrating the STEM skills needed for this country to thrive in the global economy.” Continue reading

Ten policies to benefit pollinators

Several pollinator experts from around the globe contributed to a document relating to recommended government policies for pollinators. The suggestions include several insights stated in a document published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) last year. Authors recommend ten policies that would support and benefit pollinator populations. Continue reading

Farmscaping and IPM: Benefits accrue but are difficult to measure

Because of their potential to increase the number of natural enemies, farmscapes can be beneficial to an IPM program, but it’s difficult to measure how much, according to a recent article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

Farmscaping is an ecological approach to farming with the purpose of increasing the presence of natural predators and beneficial organisms. The approach involves diversifying plantings to include ornamental or non-cash crops, living mulches, fence rows or borders, or island patches of grass within a field.

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Regional Food Systems: A View from the Southeast U.S.

This seminar will be presented by Tony Kleese, co-founder of The Earthwise Company, a community and agriculture development company that helps local governments, non-profits, and landowners plan and establish sustainable food systems. Tony will outline the opportunities and challenges in creating a sustainable food system for the southeast, and discuss a market-driven triple bottom line business approach to food security in the region.

Sponsored by:
USC Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and Clemson University Extension

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012; 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 701 Whaley Street, Suite 209, Columbia, SC (adjacent to USC Campus)