Feeding Community, 4 Years Running: Coastal Plains Chicken Project

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students showing laying hens

Anna Claire Wells, 12, and others show laying hens

Farm to Fork, Farm to Table, Eat Local – there are a lot of movements out there with a common goal: help consumers know where their food comes from.

NC State Extension’s own Fork to Farmer and other programs highlight connections between farmers, chefs, families, communities, and industry.

For chickens, the 2019 Coastal Plains Chicken Project covered it all: classroom programs that meet state curriculum requirements, 4-H and FFA youth programming, community engagement, hands-on help, and local food education.

How did they do it? Collaboration.

Since 2016, N.C. Cooperative Extension has connected county centers and agents, Area Specialized Agents (like Margaret Ross, Eastern ASA for poultry), NC State University Prestage Department of Poultry Science experts, 4-H and FFA groups, home school and classroom teachers, and more, to share poultry knowledge – and food – with the whole community.

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