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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 regenerative 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 (the breeders are working in the greenhouse in 2022 so there is no study in the field this year; it will return in 2023) and a NCDA&CS Specialty Crops Block Grant study led by tomato breeder, Dr. Dilip Panthee.


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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Jeanine Davis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Jeanine DavisExtension Specialist, Herbs / Organics / Specialty Crops / Vegetables / Hemp Call Dr. Jeanine Email Dr. Jeanine Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Page Last Updated: 2 years ago
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