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July 2015

North Carolina

NC AgrAbility at Small Farms Field DayNorth Carolina AgrAbility participated in the 14th Annual Small Farms Field Day at North Carolina A&T State University. The event was hosted on the University Farm on June 11, 2015, and drew approximately 150 farmers, Extension staff, and agricultural agents. In addition to the AgrAbility demonstration and posters, farmers were able to see other demonstrations, including high tunnel rain catchment systems, summer cover crops for organic and conventional vegetables, and truffle farming. The event and the NCAP Display were featured on the local television station, Channel 14.

A North Carolina AgrAbility former graduate student launched a company based upon knowledge gained from his AgrAbility Project paper. In May of 2014, North Carolina A&T State University agricultural education graduate student Lawrence Mensah completed a project paper entitled, "Moringa Farming as an Alternate Farming Cash Crop for Farmers with Limited Mobility." The paper explored the economic value of moringa leaves and plot designs for farmers with limited mobility to permit ease of cultivation and harvesting. Lawrence learned his economic and AgrAbility lessons well and incorporates both on his moringa tree farm. Lawrence's company, DCT CARE(tm), sells moringa oil products and the web address is:

Submitted by John Owens