Attend the Seminar Series at the N.C. Research Campus

Every Tuesday in May from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Faculty from the Plants for Human Health Institute and N.C. MarketReady will deliver weekly seminars to discuss the programs they lead for N.C. State. This will give the public an opportunity to learn more about the research and outreach conducted at Kannapolis for the benefit of the entire state. Presentations are free and open to the public each Tuesday in May from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.

N.C. MarketReady Trainings Abound in March

From tomato production to crisis preparedness, N.C. MarketReady is involved in numerous producer training opportunities in the coming weeks. March 4, 11, April 1 - N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety - Field to Family Training Series in Wilson, N.C. March 9, 10, 11 - Value-Added Funding Opportunities, Regional Information Meetings & Webinar March 10 - Tomato Growers Information Portal Webinar March 17, 18 - Crisis Preparedness Training in Raleigh, N.C.

Fresh Produce Safety Training in Western N.C.

N.C. Cooperative Extension agents from the West District will conduct the Tier 1 N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety—Field to Family training workshop at the Mountain Horticulture Research and Extension Center located at 455 Research Dr. in Mills River, NC. The seven-hour training will be divided into three sessions on Mondays January 11, January 25 and February 8 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The fee for the training is only $15/person. Tailgate market vendors are encouraged to take part in the training.

Fresh Produce Safety Curriculum Training Offered for Extension Agents

November 2009 N.C. MarketReady will host a free webinar series for N.C. Cooperative Extension agents to introduce the just-released N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training Curriculum. The four-part webinar series will include information on the curriculum resources, a review of each Tier 1 module and an explanation of the participant tracking procedure.

Zucchini 500 Has Fresh Produce Going Fast at the NCRC Farmers Market

June 25, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m. Children, start your imaginations! N.C. Cooperative Extension staff and N.C. State University host the first ever Zucchini 500 at the N.C. Research Campus Farmers Market. Children can create a race car from a zucchini – think pinewood derby – and compete for prizes in five categories. Bobby Waltrip, of the legendary Waltrip race family, will be on hand to call the races.

Discovering Nature’s Possibilities – N.C. State University Seminar Series at the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building, N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.

Every Tuesday in May from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Join N.C. State University at the new N.C. Research Campus for a series of seminars that will introduce you to our scientists, staff and groundbreaking research in Kannapolis. Presentations will be delivered by our researchers and will provide the community with health, nutrition and produce safety information they can use to enhance their daily lives. These seminars have been developed for producers and consumers, so everyone is encouraged to attend!

Sixth Annual Franklin County Farm Food & Craft Tour & LOCAL FOOD FESTIVAL

May 16 and 17, 2009, 11 a.m. through evening. On Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2009, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., the public is invited to tour eight Franklin County farms in addition to attending the LOCAL FOOD Festival in the evening of May 16. A farm-related photography contest, youth fishing clinic and 5K Walk/Run will also be held on the weekend. For details on all the weekend events, visit www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.com or call Martha Mobley, Agricultural Extension Agent, at 919-496-3344. http://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu and www.FranklinCountyFarmFresh.co