The center for Environmental Farming Systems includes a 300 person conference / education center, an organic farming research center and a no-till farming research center. The project is located adjacent to the Neuse River in Goldsboro, NC. The buildings total approximately 30,000 square feet and include agriculture research laboratories, education/classroom space, offices, computer labs, conference rooms and education display areas. The conference center is supported by kitchen facilities, exterior display spaces, and computer projection capabilities. The center for Environmental Farming Systems is owned by the NC Department of Agriculture, the programs are managed and staffed by NC State University. The center has been designed as a sustainable resource, utilizing materials and methods of construction which are renewable and that have a very low impact on the environment. This "green agriculture" concept will achieve an Energy Star rating from the Environmental Protection Agency. It will serve as a defining example of "good" sustainable design.

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