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We are a non-profit, membership-based organization that advocates for fair farm and food policies, builds the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educates communities about local, organic farming.

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Tell Legislators to Override Governor Haley’s Vetoes

Update June 23, 2014 On June 17, 2014 the House voted to override the Governor’s vetoes eliminating funding to Clemson’s Emerging Farmer and Precision Agriculture Programs (vetoes 3-6). On June 18, 2014, the Senate voted to override those vetoes as well. These votes budget $405,000 for important research, outreach and education at Clemson. Both the House and [...] Take Action >>

Sales Tax Exemption for Farmers

Update Do you have an agricultural exemption certificate number that enables you to buy farm supplies and equipment without paying sales tax? It’s time to reapply! Your number is expiring on either July 1, 2014 or October 1, 2014. Avoid trouble with the tax man by clicking here to go to the Take Action section. The Background In 2013, [...] Take Action >>

Cooperative Extension Needs Your Help!

In 2014, North Carolina Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years of service, enhancing the lives, land and economy of North Carolina citizens.  As they do so, they are asking for your help to illustrate their impact and identify ways to better serve you during the next 100 years. To do this, Cooperative Extension has asked N.C. State’s Center for [...] Take Action >>

Tools & Resources

‘CONNECT Our Future’ Food Systems Project

PROJECT HISTORY: In 2013, CFSA, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), and CEFS partnered with the Centralina Council of Governments and the Catawba Regional Council of Governments to support ‘CONNECT Our Future’, a three-year initiative funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. The ‘CONNECT [...] Learn More >>

GAPs Manual

Good Agricultural Practices for Small Diversified Farms Tips and Strategies to Reduce Risk and Pass an Audit   DOWNLOAD - Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Manual 2013 (.pdf)   DEVELOPED BY North Carolina State University and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Authors: Benjamin Chapman, Ph.D., Audrey Kreske, Ph.D., and Roland McReynolds, Esq. This manual made possible by a Specialty Crops Block grant awarded by the U.S. Dept. [...] Learn More >>

Organic Enterprise Budgets

There are very few enterprise budgets for organic crops, particularly for fruit and vegetable crops. We are so excited to announce the release of ten enterprise budgets for organic fruit and vegetable production specific to the Carolinas! We feel these budgets are an important tool in helping producers make decisions about what crops to grow, [...] Learn More >>

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Q&A with Jared Cates on Food Council Developmentfundstofarms

by Jared Cates, Community Mobilizer Editor’s Note: On April 17, 2014 a webinar was held by UNC School of Government, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and the NC Community Transformation Grant on food councils. Community and regional food councils (sometimes called food policy councils) are rapidly emerging as important mechanisms to stimulate the kind of dialogue and concerted action necessary to [...] Learn More >>

CFSA and the Elma C. Lomax Incubator FarmLomax Farm

On June 16, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate county funding for the Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm. For six years, the Lomax Farm has operated as the only certified organic incubator farm in the Southeast. The farm provided land to beginning farmers and the chance to share knowledge and equipment.  It [...] Learn More >>

CFSA Assists with Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm Transitionhigh tunnel one

High Tunnel at Lomax Incubator Farm On July 2, 2014, the CFSA Board of Directors adopted a resolution authorizing the Carolina Farm Stewardship (CFSA) staff to work with Cabarrus County stakeholders to develop an appropriate plan to continue running the Edna C. Lomax Incubator Farm through December 31, 2014. We recognize the significant accomplishments of the [...] Learn More >>