Mission[edit | edit source]

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

History[edit | edit source]

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) was established in 1994 by North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to serve as a center dedicated to sustainable agriculture research, extension, and education. CEFS was the result of several years of work by a task force of university faculty and administrators, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, farmers, and citizens charged with developing a strategy to build a strong sustainable agriculture program in North Carolina. Located at the Cherry Research Farm near Goldsboro, CEFS began its sustainable agriculture programming in 1996. Today, CEFS is one of the nation’s largest centers for the study of environmentally sustainable farming practices.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

Through high-quality interdisciplinary research, teaching, and extension programs, CEFS aims to:

  • Provide new economic opportunities in rural and urban communities
  • Develop technologies that promote a cleaner and healthier environment
  • Educate the next generation of farmers, consumers, and scientists
  • Engage all citizens in the food system
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