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Organic agriculture is a growth industry in North Carolina and throughout most of the United States. Much of our efforts in organic, and more recently biodynamic, agriculture are focused on the small and mid-sized farms in the western part of the state although we are partners on several large multi-state projects, too.

Mountain Organic Research and Extension Unit

Dr. Jeanine Davis, in the Department of Horticultural Science, currently has studies in the Organic Unit. Studies include a multi-state organic tomato breeding project, funded by a USDA/OREI grant, with screening of new breeding lines and varieties and an organic fungicide study. There are also organic tomato variety/breeding line studies with entries from High Mowing Seeds, Vitalis Seeds, and Dr. Randy Gardner.


Current Projects

Completed Projects

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

Current Issues


Supporting New Crops & Organics Program

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. Thank you for your support!

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