Generating Additional Farm Revenue Through Grants and Collaborations

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Please join us for “Generating Additional Farm Revenue through Grants and Collaborations”,  a 1-day workshop focused on 2 ways to generate additional farm revenue. The morning session, limited to Extension agents and their guests, identifies producer grant opportunities and covers basic grantwriting techniques. This session is sponsored by NC State Extension’s Local Food Program Team. The afternoon session, open to everyone, examines best practices and lessons learned from several case studies of farming collaborations in NC. The afternoon session is sponsored by the NC Growing Together Project, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, and is co-facilitated by Carolina Common Enterprise.

Extension Agents have indicated an interest in learning not only what grant resources may be available to fund local food and community development projects but also what it takes to write a great grant application. The morning (8:30 to Noon) session ,  “Sourcing and Scripting Grants:  Finding and Getting the Money for Local Food Projects” will cover both grantwriting techniques and where to find the money through interactive learning activities facilitated by Becky Bowen, Program Manager for NC State Extension’s CultivateNC program, and Rebecca Dunning, Project Manager for the NC Growing Together initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

The afternoon (1:00 – 4:30) session, “Collaborative Farming in NC:  When It Make Sense to Partner with Others”, examines collaborative farming in NC. The afternoon session is open to Extension agents, their guests, and the general public who are interested in exploring various types of collaborative farming structures, including cooperatives, limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations, and nonprofit associations. Joining Becky Bowen and Rebecca Dunning for the facilitation of this session will be Thomas Beckett and Teia Evans, of Carolina Common Enterprise, a cooperative development center for the Carolinas. The session will examine the findings of a recent study of collaborative farming in North Carolina by Bowen and Dunning, summarize the various legal structures available for collaborative farming operations, and make specific recommendations on steps to follow when considering a collaborative farming structure.

A new report, Collaborative Farming in NC , explains the different forms of collaborative structures and provides the results of a 2017 study of collaborative farming in North Carolina.

Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

January 31 | Edgecombe County Cooperative Extension

February 5 | Bladen County Cooperative Extension

 February 7 | Buncombe County Cooperative Extension

 February 9 | Richmond County Cooperative Extension

 February 12 | Forsyth County Cooperative Extension

 The workshops are free, but the local foods lunch will cost $20. For more information, check out the workshop flyer. Register online at For questions, contact Becky Bowen at or (919) 628-4317.

 Hope to see you there!