The 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.