Our Favorite Groups

Organizations we support and work with:

The Chapel Hill/Carrboro Farmers’ Markets, Inc.– obviously very near and dear to our hearts, we have served on the Board of Directors, off and on, for over 30 years.   The organization runs 2 farmers’ markets in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area including the nationally known Carrboro Market, one of the oldest, largest and best in the country.

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA– working all over the country and the world, RAFI’s headquarters are in Pittsboro and they do great work on many issues dealing with agricultural sustainability.  Alex is the current Chair of their Board of Directors.

The Center for Evironmental Farming Systems– the largest organic and sustainable research farm in the US is right here outside of Goldsboro NC!  Betsy and Alex both serve on the Board of Advisors and have worked with the researchers and leaders since it’s inception in the early 1990’s

The Southern Foodways Alliance– SFA documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.  To us it is an extension of the work of Slow Food but focused on the South.  We have been honored to be named Fellows in their Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs

Growing Small Farms– Debbie Roos the organic/sustainable agricultural extension agent in Chatham county (one of the few such agents in the country) has, for more than a decade, brought incredible programing to our area and helped many new farmers get started.  We have been proud to work with her on many programs and projects.

The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers– This is the national group for cut flower growers.  Betsy was one of the first members back in 1988.  She has since been a regional director, treasurer and is the past Executive Director of the ASCFG Research Foundation.

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG)- working all across the southern region, they put on one of the best of all the annual farming conferences.  Alex has been on their board and taught many sessions at the conference.  In 2007 we put out the information packed CD-ROM Organic Vegetable Production and Marketing in the South that you can order from SSAWG.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program- SARE has funded the best research into sustainable farming and farming systems and publishes some of the best information available about farming.  Alex served on the Southern Region Administrative Council for seven years which profoundly affected our understanding of what a sustainable farm should be.

Central Carolina Community College Sustainable Agriculture program– At the Pittsboro campus, it offers classes and degrees in sustainable farming.  We have had many students from the program work for us and Alex designed and taught the Sustainable Vegetable Production course for six years.  Alex is currently teaching the Advanced Organic Crop Production class.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)- the sustainable farming non-profit in the Carolinas.  We have served on their board and taught many sessions at the conference.  Betsy founded the annual Piedmont Farm Tour, a fund raiser for CFSA, sponsored by Weaver Street Market.

The Livestock Conservancy– also in Pittsboro, they do great work in helping to preserve working breeds of livestock.  We have worked with them on heritage poultry production programs.

Slow Food– an international organization working to improve food, the quality of production and help save artisanal food producers.  Food that is good, clean and fair.  We have been lucky to have attended the first four Terra Madre conferences in Torino, Italy which has influenced our thinking of what Peregrine Farm could be.  We are involved with the local chapter in events and planning, including the annual Farm to Fork Picnic .

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