Farm Food and Family Education Center
The Farm, Food, and Family Education Center is a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative place for people and organizations to build systems that strengthens economies, enhances resiliency, and builds community.
Farm, Food, and Family Education Center
Resiliency must be intentional and planned. This Educational facility will serve as a "hub" for innovative and collaborative sharing of resources and ideas. The Educational theme will allow us to focus on collaboration, practicum, creativity, modeling, and innovation. The "spokes" of this hub will center around the themes of "Farm, Food, and Family." We feel this communicates in a clear and concise manner what the purpose of the facility is and creates a message that everyone in Randolph County and the surrounding region can connect in some way to these collaborations.
The pandemic has helped to enhance many people's desire to know more and collaborate around the issues of farm, food, and family. The Farm, Food, and Family Education Center will bring knowledge and innovation to how Randolph County and area residents provide for their essential needs in the future. The Farm, Food, and Family Education Center will accomplish this task by creating a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative place for learning and skill-building.
Location of the Center
The Farm, Food, and Family Education Center will be part of the 104 acres of land purchased in Randolph County by the Board of Commissioners in 2016. The site is near the intersection of Highway 64 and East Salisbury Street, close to Vista Parkway and approximately a mile and a half from the recently completed 64 bypass. Randolph County is located in the geographic center of the state - approximately an hour away from Charlotte and Raleigh, and 30 minutes south of Greensboro. The site has access to water and sewer and easy access to visitor amenities such as hotels, restaurants, and related business operations. Water and sewer will be provided by the City of Asheboro. There will be offices for N.C. Cooperative Extension and the County Soil Water Conservation District. The Farm, Food, and Family Education Center will include an open air, roofed arena for livestock educational activities, demonstration plots, pastures for demonstrations, a commercial shared kitchen with cold storage, and educational space for county partners to use while onsite.
An estimated cost for the entire project is $25 Million