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University to Host Local Foods Connection Conference
(March 2013)

Does aquaponics, sustainable growing, vermicomposting, or marketing strategies for agriculture interest you? If so, the Local Foods Connection Conference is the way to go. These and many other topics will be featured during the day-long conference.

For a colorful flyer, click here (PDF file)

Admission: FREE

When: Friday, 22 March 2013

Where: UNCP Regional Center, located at COMTech Park,
49 Livermore Drive Pembroke, NC 28372

Shuttle service is available from the UNCP greenhouse parking lot (Oxendine Science Building)

Local Foods Lunch– Bring $5.00 (Must reserve in advance)
Call: 910-521-6245 OR E-mail:

Keynote speaker: Charlie Jackson, Photo of Charlie Jackson
Executive Director of Appalachian
Sustainable Agriculture Project







Conference Schedule (Friday, March 22)


Business/ Marketing

Local Foods Advocacy

Sustainable Growing

8:00 - 9:00

Registration and Displays

9:00 – 10:00

Keynote speaker Charlie Jackson, director and one of the founding farmers of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)

10:00 –

Funding for sustainable projects
The Conservation Fund
Enrique Perez

"Creative Ways in which North Carolinians are Building Community Food Systems"
CEFS - Christy Shi

Backyard chickens
James Parsons, Poultry extension agent, and Donna K. Carver, DVM, PhD, ACPV
Extension Poultry Veterinarian and Michelle Shooter, Livestock agent

11:00 – 11:50

GAP Certification
Dr. Audrey Kreske, Food safety extension associate

"Local Food Councils"
CEFS - Christy Shi

James Tinker, owner, The Aquaponics Garden

12:00 – 1:00

Local Foods Lunch  Chef Lester Locklear


Marketing strategies for agriculture
Tahnea Locklear, Community development extension agent

Rhonda Sherman, Vermiculture extension specialist

Growing Mushrooms for fun and profit
Ed Hunt, BioNetwork


Town Hall Meeting


Need more information? Contact Dr. Debby Hanmer

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Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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