Lee, Moore & Richmond Counties

sustainable agriculture

Solar farm Information Session - re-scheduled!

Solar Farms: they are sprouting up all across the state, and in the Sandhills. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, NC is the 2nd biggest solar energy producing state in the nation, behind California. Solar energy is renewable, and the lowering infrastructure costs are rapidly bringing solar energy in line with more traditional energy sources, such as coal. Are you considering leasing your land for a solar farm? Is a solar farm slated to go in near you? Join Green Fields Sandhills and host NC Cooperative Extension for a information session on Solar farms on Thursday, March 23, 7-9 pm. Speakers include Andrew Branan, an attorney specializing in Ag Law, Tommy Cleveland, with the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, and Edgar Miller, with Conservation Trust of NC, and YOU, the attendees. Join the discussion! The program will be held at the Moore Ag Center, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. The event is free and open to the public; please register at https://gfssolarfarmmeeting.eventbrite.com

Meet YOUR Farmer! Sandhills Farm to Table Farm Tour

   ​​NC Cooperative Extension - Moore County Center, Greenfields Sandhills, and Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative is sponsoring a self-driving farm tour on Saturday, April 1, from 10 am-2 pm. Participants may visit any of nine Sandhills farms that have successfully made the transition from commodity production to local foods. Strawberries, garlic, berries, greenhouse vegetables, goat cheese, and many other crops will be featured on this tour. Farmers will tell their story of the challenges and rewards of producing food they sell to their neighbors, at farmers markets, to restaurants, and through the Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative. Moore County Master Gardeners and GFS Board members will also be at the different farms to answer your questions.
The tour is free and open to the public, but RSVP by Wednesday, March 29, in order to be provided with a map to the farms. Register by clicking here: sandhillsfarmtour.eventbrite.com.

   Please dress appropriate for the weather for this event, wear comfortable OUTSIDE SHOES AND CLOTHING. Bring plenty of drinking water, cash, and perhaps a cooler for your purchases.
   Please keep a close eye on children. These are “working” farms with hazards (electric fences, farm machinery etc.). No pets, please.
The tours are self-directed. You can visit the farms in any order. Carpool if you can!
Farmers/volunteers will only be available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please visit only within these hours.

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