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Farmer Idea Lab LogoAre you a new or experienced farmer looking to hear success stories and lessons learned from your peers? If you answered yes, this webinar series is for you. You will come away with new ideas to help your farm become more profitable and leave inspired to continue to evaluate your farm business as you adapt to changing markets and new opportunities.

Lunch–N–Learn *** Farmer Idea Lab Webinar Series

Information and recordings of previous Farmer Idea Lab webinars are below.


Previous Farmer Idea Lab Webinars:

Webinar #1:    Farm Smarter, Not Harder When:  Feb. 5, 2015

February Spotlight Farm: Brian Chatham, High Mountain Farms, Glendale Springs, NC. Moderated by Debbie Hamrick, NC Farm Bureau.

Access a recording of this webinar.

More information: Brian’s diversified farming operations cover 370 acres across more than 35 locations. He employs no-till and cover crops to build soil health and fertility for crops like barley, red fife wheat, flint corn and conventional corn and soybeans. Wildlife habitat is consistent along field margins, field median buffers and riparian buffers. 

Brian’s niche grain markets include certified organic and organic transition production for grist mills, local bakeries, distilleries and brewers. He also sells to conventional larger scale markets such as local poultry feed mills that pay a premium for corn and soybeans. Pumpkins, winter squash, gourds and Indian corn are the base for brisk direct-to-consumer fall sales at a roadside stand. Brian will talk about his operation as well as what he sees as growing demand for local grains and how other farmers can tap in. See the promotional information used for the Feb. 5 webinar

Webinar #2:    The Entrepreneurial Opportunity of Limited Resources When: March 19, Noon-12:45 p.m.

March Spotlight Farm: V. Mac Baldwin, Baldwin Family Farms, Yanceyville, NC. Moderated by Jose Cisneros, NCSU Department of Horticultural Science.

Access a recording of this webinar.

More information:  Baldwin Charolais Beef is a unique brand of all-natural, extra-lean beef with rich flavor and high customer acceptance. The Baldwins, V. Mac  and wife Peggy, are known throughout the Carolinas and Virginia for their pasture-based, hormone and antibiotic-free beef. Baldwin Charolais Beef is featured and sold in 11 Whole Foods regionally. Customers across the US order online.

V. Mac Baldwin is an accomplished entrepreneur that believes that you should do what you can with what you have. In other words, V. Mac never stopped because he had limited resources. To the contrary, he has taken advantage of it. Come and join us to hear V. Mac’s entrepreneurial experiences. See the promotional information used for the March 19 webinar.

Webinar #3:   Farm Transitions; April 16, Noon-12:45 p.m.

April Spotlight Farm: Cliff Pilson, C.V. Pilson Farm, Cameron, NC. Moderated by Rebecca Dunning, Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

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More information:  C.V. Pilson farm, run by Cliff Pilson and his father Chester, is located in Cameron and has been in operation since 1973. The Pilson’s started with sweet potatoes and tobacco and in 2007 began diversifying into strawberries, apples, peaches, and assorted vegetables. In the April 16 webinar, Cliff will talk about adding diverse fruits and vegetables to the farm and how he has built a set of market channels to move his produce, including an on-farm stand, farmers markets, participation in a multi-farm CSA, selling direct to grocery stores, and selling to a wholesaler. See the promotional information used for the March 19 webinar.


Objectives of the Farmer Idea Lab SeriesThe Farmer Idea Lab webinar series willprovide opportunities for farmer to farmer sharing. It is an opportunity for you to hear success stories and lessons learned from your peers. You will come away with new ideas to help your farm become more profitable and leave inspired to continue to evaluate your farm business as you adapt to changing markets and new opportunities.


Support for this webinar is provided in part by NC Farm Bureau Federation, NC State University Department of Horticultural Science, and NC Growing Together, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems-led initiative, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, grant #2013-68004-20363.

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