2023 Forsyth County Urban Farm School Graduating Class

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On behalf of N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, we would like to extend a well-earned congratulations to this year’s Urban Farm School Graduating Class.

A group of adults pose in a garden.

2023 Graduating Class

Angela Acevedo

Rebecca Brummel

Jeanna  Deivanayagam

Jacqueline “Jacky” Del Hoyo-Jolley

Shanae Levine

Vikki Martin

Jana Murray

Will Parham

Thessa Pickett

Sharon Rodriguez

John Rothrock

Amanda Thompson

Rebecca Wall

Over the course of this 12 week program, 13 students dedicated over 900 combined hours in classroom and in the field preparing for, establishing, harvesting and selling a field of vegetables for the Forsyth County Community.

Scroll below to get a quick peak of what they’ve been up to this season.

Site Analysis and Planning

Students measure, soil test, and draft plot designs at the class field plot located at Memorial Industrial Community Development Corporation’s Incubator Farm.

Site Preparation

Students weed, apply compost, and install irrigation lines to in-ground beds.


Students transplant their zucchini transplants that that were sown in class a few weeks prior.

Students direct seed and water in spinach seeds.

Site Maintenance

Students install a trellis for cucumber and sugar snap peas.

Students scout field for signs and symptoms of insects and disease while weeding.


Students harvest brightly colored radishes.

Students harvest beautiful cabbage heads for market.

Selling at Market

Students brought their washed and packaged produce to market.

Students greet every customer with smiles.

Congratulations to the 2023 Forsyth County Urban Farm School Class.

Happy Growing.

To read more about the program including an interest form for the 2024 class, please visit this page.

For direct inquiries about the program, please reach out to Jeffrey Cates, Program Assistant (jeff_cates@ncsu.edu) or Celine Richard, Horticulture Agent (cvrichar@ncsu.edu).