The mission of The Carolina Gold Rice Foundation is to advance the sustainable restoration and preservation of North Carolina and other heirloom grains and raise public awareness of the importance of historic ricelands and heirloom agriculture.


The Foundation encourages, supports and promotes educational and research activities focused on heirloom grains and serves as an information resource center to provide authentic documentation on heirloom grain culture and heritage throughout the Carolina's.

A new project is planned for a local PhD student to study the role of native pollinators and their ability to effectively pollinate watermelons in association with PlanetOrganics. A summary is available.

The Foundation is linked with the Asia Rice Foundation and will partner with that foundation and others worldwide.


The Foundation has significant commitments of financial support and is aggressively seeking additional funding commitments. The Carolina Gold Rice Foundation is incorporated and has a non-profit 501(C)(3) status.

Why We Do What We Do

CGRF has a Vimeo channel where several member presentations can be found.

Dr. David Shields - Introduction from Sunhead Projects on Vimeo.