Everyone eats, and that’s why food matters. A growing global population and increasing food needs make the sustainable production of food all the more important. NC State features industry-leading research and highly-respected academic programs related to agriculture. These programs have a direct impact on North Carolina, where agriculture is the state’s largest industry.


pounds of produce grown at the NC State Agroecology Education Farm was used by NC State Dining last year.


What We Do



NC State Dining features award-winning sustainability programs focused on sourcing local food, water conservation, composting, recycling cooking oil and several other waste reduction initiatives.


Pollinators such as bees are vital to food supply, making their health paramount to sustainable food systems. Browse the campus sustainability map to see NC State’s actively-maintained bee hives or explore the university’s apiculture program.


There’s food no more local than food you grow yourself. Several community garden projects exist on campus, including the student-run SOL Garden, Learning Gardens, Agroecology Education Farm, herb gardens and several garden ideas in development.


An interdisciplinary group of staff, faculty and students are working to improve student food and housing security on campus. Feed the Pack is a community-run food pantry serving all NC State faculty, staff and students.


University-based research includes Plants for Human Health Institute, Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service.


How You Can Help

1. Eat local food to support local farmers and reduce environmental impacts of food shipment.
2. Minimize food waste. An estimated 40% of the U.S. food supply is wasted annually.


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NC State’s Cooperative Extension offers the following resources related to agriculture and food.

The following opportunities are available on NC State’s campus: