During the Summer of 2016, CALS Global Academy delivered a short-term, customized training program on post-harvest agriculture for a group of eight from Moldova. This program gave the fellows a better understanding in the harvest and post-harvest techniques that are used for fruits and vegetables in the United States. One of the primary reasons to expose the group to different techniques and standards is to help the agriculture industry in Moldova evolve with new ideas thus becoming more competitive within the new global markets, and also enhancing domestic food security.
Touring the greenhouses at the Biltmore Estate's field to farm operation.
Vineyards at the Biltmore Estate.
Excited to go on a hayride.
Jason Davis, of Northridge Farms, gave the group a tour of the farm and lectured them on harvesting a diverse variety of crops as well as agritourism.
Rows of tomato plants at Northridge Farms.
Showing pack pride after a tour of Hunt Library.
Photo with Allen Henderson, CEO of Henderson's Best Apples, after an extensive tour of the processing and packaging facilities.
The group visiting the St. Paul Mountain Vineyards.
Group picture at Steve Dalton's blackberry farm in Henderson County.
At NC State's Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, Jeanine Davis gave the group a tour of local woodland botanticals and specialty crops.
The Mountain Research Center is experimenting with growing hops in North Carolina's climate.
The group learning about Dilip Panthee's research on improving tomato varieties in one of the research center's greenhouses.
Meeting with Smithson Mills, director of Blue Ridge Food Ventures. BRFV serves as an incubator for up-and-coming businesses and entrepreneurs by renting out facilities and on-site equipment.
The group at Cal Lewis Blueberry Farms in Castle Hayne, NC. They got a full tour encompassing the various stages of the blueberry production process including production, harvesting, packing, and precooling.
The group with Bill Cline at the NC State Blueberry Research Station in Castle Hayne, NC.
Touring Mt. Olive Pickle Co. with Lynn Williams.
Outside the Aldi Supermarkets warehouse in Salisbury with Josh Williamson, Director of Purchasing.