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On the farm

Fruit and veggie conference to go virtual

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, typically held each year in Savannah, Georgia, will be offered virtually this year Jan. 5-7. 

The event is the largest educational conference and trade show in the Southeast that unites growers, vendors and suppliers from across the specialty crop industry. It is coordinated and sponsored by the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and the South Carolina Peach Council. The online event will feature networking opportunities, an interactive trade show platform and extensive education programming. 

For more information, visit, or call 877.994.3842.



Paid apprenticeship teach agribusiness skills

An apprenticeship program training participants in various aspects of sustainable agriculture and agribusiness, is now seeking applicants. 

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Food and Farm Apprenticeship Program focuses on hands-on work and study during eight-to-12-week appointments in Jackson, Haywood, Macon, Swain, Cherokee, Graham and Clay counties. 

Apprenticeships are for college students, who will be paid $12 per hour through the N.C. State University payroll system. The available positions include opportunities to make mead and honey, grow plants from seed to maturity, work on an alpaca farm, grow food crops, work at a creamery, care for cattle and tend fruit orchards, among other skills. 

To apply, visit

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