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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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January 9 Action Alert – Is this the year of the Farm Bill?

The time has come to fight for our many farmers raising produce, meat and more to certified organic standards, and for the rights of our nation’s independent producers against abuses by large corporations. A small group of Senators and Representatives is meeting this week to negotiate the final version of a new farm bill. This [...] Take Action >>

Take Action – Demand Cooperative Extension Support for Local and Organic Food!

For 100 years, the N.C. Cooperative Extension has been the link between North Carolina residents and the research at North Carolina’s land grant universities. In recent years, the General Assembly has dramatically reduced the Extension budget, and now the agency is planning potentially drastic cuts to staff, research, and services. Talking Points for NCCES Listening Sessions In [...] Take Action >>

Save the Salad Greens SC!

SC Farm-to-Restaurant Sales at Risk Salad mixes, bunched greens like chard and kale, and other leafy greens are a vital crop for hundreds of small SC sustainable farms, and restaurants are an important customer for those products.  Now South Carolina’s Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has proposed rules that would cut most small farms [...] Take Action >>

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Healthy, Fresh, Local Food: An Action Plan for Increasing Availability and Access in Beaufort County, NC

The assessment highlights challenges and opportunities in the county around local fruit and vegetable production and access of residents to healthy, fresh, local food and includes an action plan to help increase access to these types of foods.DOWNLOAD THE REPORT:  Healthy, Fresh, Local Food: An Action Plan for Increasing Availability and Access in Beaufort County, NC Appendices Appendices [...] 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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A Personal Journey Back to the FarmJan

by Jan Nirri, CFSA member and farmhand at Braeburn Farm Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to live on a farm and ride horses. It was a big dream in the heart of a little girl who had never seen or experienced a farm. I was in the 6th grade when we finally moved to [...] Learn More >>

Increasing Local, Healthy Food AccessIMG_1669

My year interning with CFSA kicked off last August with an assessment of the local food system in Beaufort County, NC.  I was starting my second year of graduate school at UNC’s School of Social Work in the Community, Management, and Policy Practice concentration.  My interest in equal access to fresh, healthy food had grown [...] Learn More >>

Tell USDA: Protect Our Farms from GM Contaminationgmo-tomato

Organic and non-GMO agriculture has shouldered the burden of GMO contamination for thirty years, and the US Dept. of Agriculture has swept the problem under the rug.  Finally the agency is talking about whether GM crops might have negative impacts on non-GMO farmers, and it says we should stop worrying.  Does that make you feel [...] Learn More >>