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NC STATE AGROECOLOGY

EDUCATION FARM

EDUCATION AWARD

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Providing locally grown

food to NC State Dining

Services and educational

opportunities to the

surrounding community,

the NC State Agroecology

Education Farm follows

its land-grant mission to

provide hands-on lessons in

sustainable agriculture.

Long ago, Dr. Michelle

Schroeder-Moreno

possessed the foresight to

know conventional agri-

culture would not suffice

to maintain the health of

our planet. With her tireless

work and the assistance of

her small staff, the farm has

developed rapidly since

2005 into an educational

facility utilized by many,

and NC State now offers

an Agroecology major,

combining farm practice

with horticulture.

Initially the soil at the

farm was not very good

but it has vastly improved

as a result of proper soil

management. Absolutely

no pesticides, fungicide,

herbicides, or rodenticides

are used; for weed control,

the farm uses organic

coffee bean bags from

Larry’s Coffee and hand-

weeds. Other sustainable

practices include buffer

strips, natural mechanisms

to protect all riparian

zones, integrated pest

management and honey-

bee hives.

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