Sandhills Family Heritage Association partnering with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
From 2011 through 2014, Sandhills Family Heritage Association partnered with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University to expand our existing youth based agriculture projects. Our partnership has lead to over 4000 hours on the farm training for our communities youth. These students worked alongside mentor farmers to produce crops for direct markets, along the way learning and developing their leadership, interpersonal, and entrepreneurial skills. The Cooperative Extension program at North Carolina A&T University has provided educational opportunities including conferences, field days, campus farm tours, and lectures to help develop the skills and knowledge base of our youth. Active engagement is imperative to the future of small scale farming, and the long term goals of this project aim to enhance the sustainability of our young farmers through continued education, training, mentoring and outreach.