Orange County Small Farms Month Event Scheduled for March 27

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (March 6) – Orange County Cooperative Extension will host an event at the Breeze Farm Incubator on March 27 as part of Small Farms Month. The event will feature a talk on the economics of local food followed by a tour of the farm.

The local food movement has had a dramatic impact on Orange County agriculture over the past 15 years. The USDA’s Census of Agriculture reported more than 100 farms growing food and selling it directly to consumers in Orange County in 2012. Retail sales of local food by Orange County farmers in 2012 were reported at $1.44 million, a 732 percent growth rate between 2002 and 2012.

The Breeze Farm Incubator, a farm donated to NC State University by the late Col. William Breeze, has played an integral part in this phenomenal growth. Come hear and learn more about the growth of local food agriculture in Orange County and the role the Breeze Farm has played in it from 10 a.m. to noon. The farm is located at 4909 Walnut Grove Church Road, Hurdle Mills, NC 27541.

Small Farms Month is an extension of the long-standing Small Farms Week celebrated throughout North Carolina by N.C. A&T State University’s Cooperative Extension Program.

About the Breeze Farm: The Breeze Farm Incubator leases land and provides equipment and infrastructure to beginning farmers who have previous experience growing produce and have a business plan but do not have access to land, equipment, and infrastructure. The incubator allows beginning farmers a chance to establish their farming business and financial records they will need to later borrow money to buy their own land and establish their own farms.

For more information about the event, contact J. Michael Lanier at (919) 245-2063.