NC Farm School Coming to Mills River in 2017

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NC Farm School lives up to its slogan of “growing farmers from the ground up”. Those who graduate will go on to start new or diversified ventures from the information they have learned. Farmers and future farmers attend evening classes once a month for seven months to gain knowledge from experienced farmers, local agents and university specialists. Among the graduates are Holly and Justin Miller from Davie County.

2016 Graduates Holly & Justin Miller 
ncfarmschoolWe started farming about three years ago and we were looking for a crop that took less acreage and made more money,” says Justin. Given the suggestion to attend from his local extension agent Pam Jones of Davie County, Justin gained what he needed to take the next step. “The budgets and the business side is something I would have never been able to gain on my own without [NC Farm] School.” Holly said,  “I feel like we have gained a community, people that you can kind of lean on to find answers you need.”  Pam was just one part of that community.

Jones, who comes from a farming background, is passionate about farmers finding new ways to keep farming a profitable business model. “One of the greatest gifts that NC Farm School gives to participants is the ability to temper their passion for their profession with business sense.”  Pam played a key role in connecting with students during 2016 and helping them find the resources that Extension brings to help farmers succeed. The good news is that there is more to come from Pam and a whole team of agents across the state.

ray revisFind out more about NC Farm School 2017
NC Farm School is preparing this fall for 2017 in Mills River where you can learn about creating a profitable farm. Two interest meetings have been scheduled for Wednesday, December 14 in Waynesville and Thursday, December 15 in Mills River, both at 6:00. Find out more about how you can get connected with NC Farm School at  or call the McDowell County Center at 828-652-8104.