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NC Organic

An Organic Agriculture
Internet Resource
for North Carolina Farmers


Welcome to NC Organic, an internet resource for North Carolina farmers, extension agents, and aspiring growers. Even with the economic recession, the organic sector of agriculture continues to grow, making it the fastest growing segment in the United States. Closer to home, North Carolina consumers are committed to supporting local agriculture while most of our state's organic produce is imported from other states. The demand for organically-grown food presents a real opportunity for NC farmers.

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Mountain Organic Research and Extension Unit

North Carolina State University, in cooperation with the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, launched a Mountain Organic Research and Extension Unit at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville to provide a university led research and extension program to support organic farmers in western North Carolina. The unit was certified organic during the summer of 2012. Read more about the research being done in the organic unit.

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Keep Current by Following Our Blog!

We welcome you to follow our activities on the Organic Unit, as well as in other parts of our program, by following us on our NC Alternative Crops and Organics blog.


NC State Organic Research and Extension Resources

National Resources

Organic Certification

  • What is certified organic?
  • Overview of the Process of Certification
  • Organizations that certify and inspect NC farms
  • National Organic Programs

Organic Production

  • Production Guides
  • Field Crops
  • Postharvest Practices
  • Pest Control
  • Livestock
  • North Carolina State Testing Service
  • Sources of Organic Supplies

Organic Farm Business Planning

  • Writing a business plan
  • Crop budgets
  • Financing your farm with grants and loans
  • Farmland preservation methods

Biodynamic Agriculture

Organic Farm Marketing

  • General Marketing Resources
  • Wholesale
  • Retail and Restaurant
  • Community Supported Agriculture
  • Farmers' Markets
  • Pick-your-own and Agritourism
  • Case Studies

Organic Farm Networking

  • Organic Farming Education
  • Apprenticeships and Internships
  • Farm Jobs
  • Land Acquisition

Calendar of Events

Current Issues

Financial Support and Grant Funding Provided to My Program by

  • USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program via NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • USDA Organic Research & Extension Initative Grant Program
  • USDA Specialty Crop Research & Extension Initiative Grant Program
  • USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program
  • USDA 1890 Capacity Building Grant
  • USDA Rural Jobs Accelerator Program
  • NCSU Internal Grant

Friends of the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program

Thank you for all your support!

  • Blue Mountain Pizza
  • Twisted Trunk Brewing Co.
  • Old World Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Golden Needle Acupuncture Supply   
  • Jeannie Dunn, Red Moon Herbs
  • David Kendall
  • John McEvoy
  • Pangaea Plants LLC
  • Ms. Mary Wallace
  • Mr. Frank H. McDowell
  • Ms. E. Rubenstein Chelmis
  • Transylvania County Master Gardeners
  • Travis Long
  • Nancy Long
  • Herb Society of America-NC Unit
  • Michelle Lewis, Riverwood Farm
  • Stan Driver, Hoot'n Holler Hops
  • Mark and Terry Willis
  • David Hofshi
  • Janell Kapoor, Ashevillage Institute 
  • Steve Propst
  • Trent Gilland
  • Curtis Meissner
  • Kenneth Spadola
  • Bob Bero, B-Hoppy Candy
  • Thomas G. Miller
  • Judith Rybicki
  • Howard Covington
  • Rita Pelczar & John Wright
  • Susan Coleman Fedor
  • Nan Covert
  • Laura Kaderabek
  • Dave Slater

Thank you for your support - Our program is almost completely funded by grants and gifts. If you value this program, we would appreciate your financial support. To become a Friend of the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program, you can donate on-line here
or print out this form and mail it in with your check.

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Dr. Jeanine Davis
Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Phone: 828.684.3562 ~ Fax: 828.684.8715

Maintained by: Bryan A. Konsler

Updated December 14, 2016Jeanine Davis