NC Cooperative Extension

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service houses a multidisciplinary group of professionals at the N.C. Research Campus as part of the Plants for Human Health Institute. Providing expertise in farm business management, communications and marketing, and fresh produce safety, these Cooperative Extension staff serve as an outreach component to complement the research conducted at PHHI.


N.C. Strawberry Project logo - colorThe N.C. Strawberry Project is a partnership of N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute and Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte. This project received support from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Strawberry season lasts four to six weeks in North Carolina. It begins in the coastal area in early April, in the Piedmont in late April and in the mountains in late May.


Breeding A Better Strawberry

The N.C. Strawberry Project is a dynamic, first-of-its-kind partnership between N.C. State University at the N.C. Research Campus and Johnson & Wales University. The project represents an innovative direction in plant breeding, not only for North Carolina but nationwide. While agricultural and culinary representatives, specifically chefs, have teamed up in the past in North Carolina and other states, the partnerships have primarily centered on agritourism. This project will use valuable sensory analysis input from JWU students (the chefs-of-tomorrow), faculty chefs and other culinary professionals to glean information that the N.C. State strawberry breeding program will use to breed a better N.C. strawberry.

Breeding A Better Strawberry

strawberry Farm Locator

Get fresh N.C. strawberries while they are ripe! Use the N.C. Strawberry Association's farm locator guide.



Watch N.C. Strawberry Project videos, including Chef Mark Allison and The Produce Lady as they prepare Strawberry Shrimp Cocktail and Strawberry Sunset Slaw!

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