Celebrating Local Food & Local Farms


This year's lineup begins with the perennial favorite Farm to Fork Picnic, where the area's best farmers and chefs are paired together to create delectable bite-size dishes that inspire and amaze. The event is a celebration of our local food community and the people who work so hard to bring delicious local foods to our plates year-round.

Not only are the Farm to Fork Events delicious, they also benefit a great cause. All proceeds support beginning farmer programs at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). Please join us at one or both events - we look forward to seeing you there!

Photos from the 2016 picnic, courtesy of the Rachel Mcclain Photography.

10 Year Anniversary video, courtesy of Big Dog Little Bed Productions.


4 - 7 PM

Farm to Fork Picnic

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro

A joyous celebration of local foods and the people who artfully produce and prepare them, ​Bon Appétit magazine called it "the country's best all-you-can-eat feast"! We'll return to the beautiful grounds of ​Fearrington Village​, where ​dozens of our area's best chefs, farmers, artisan producers and beverage providers ​will create a dizzying array of delectable dishes highlighting the bounty of the season. The Picnic also features fun activities for children, live music, and surprises for the whole family!

Tickets for the picnic are $100 per adult, $50 for youth ages 13-20 (no alcohol), and free for children ages 12 and under.

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6 - 9 PM

Annual Sustainable Agriculture Lecture with Dr. Monica White

Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill

Dr. Monica M. White is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Her research investigates communities of color and grassroots organizations that are engaged in the development of sustainable, community food systems as a strategy to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. She is the author of ​Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement.​

After Dr. White's lecture we'll enjoy a delicious meal prepared Billy Cotter of Dashi and Toast, Roberto Copa Matos of Copa, Thomas Card of Counting House, all in Durham; Brendan Cox of Oakleaf in Carrboro; Andrea Reusing and Miguel A. Torres of Lantern in Chapel Hill; and Angelina Koulizakis-Battiste and Sarah Sligh of Angelina's Kitchen in Pittsboro. The evening will also feature libations from Fullsteam Brewery and The Haw River Wine Man, and live music by the John Brown Jazz Trio.


Tickets for this event are $45 per person.

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Be a Farm to Fork Sustainer!

Maximize your impact by becoming a Farm to Fork Sustainer. Your Sustainer ticket includes passes to both Farm to Fork events AND an additional $155 tax-deductible donation to support CEFS’ beginning farmer programs. Plus, we’ll send you a cool Farm to Fork car magnet to show your support when you're on the go!

Tickets are $300 per person.

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Farm to Fork is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and a fundraiser for the beginning farmer programs at CEFS. Farm to Fork fundraising efforts operate under the auspices of the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.