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FDA Publishes New Food Safety Rules

Comments from Sustainable Agriculture Needed   September 19, 2014 Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued revised proposed regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the agency is inviting a new round of public comments on the changes.  Public comments are due Dec. 15, 2014.   “The initial FSMA rules proposed by FDA in 2013 threatened devastating [...] Take Action >>

Fracking is Coming to NC

The Background This summer the General Assembly lifted the moratorium on fracking. Drilling permits can be issued once the Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) finalizes the rules for fracking.   The Current Situation and Take Action Thursday, August 14, 2014 The MEC proposed rules and wants to hear from you before they are finalized. The public comment period on the [...] 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 >>

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Questions for Candidates

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) works directly with policymakers and community leaders across the Carolinas to educate and collaborate on issues that affect food and farming. CFSA believes that it is incredibly important that leaders across both states understand the importance of sustainable farming and community food systems. This document provides guidance for individuals to [...] Learn More >>

Food Safety Videos

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has launched a series of videos to supplement the “Good Agricultural Practices for Small Diversified Farms: Tips and Strategies to Reduce Risk and Pass an Audit” manual. This video series continues to document real-world examples of how small, diversified farms can employ these tips and strategies to meet GAP certification [...] Learn More >>

‘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 >>

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CFSA Supports Successful Farm ToursHigh Country photo

Funding for the Velo Girl Rides Cycle to Farm and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture High Country Farm Tour was made possible through the generous support of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has been hosting farm tours since 1994, when we inaugurated our Piedmont Farm Tour – now celebrating [...] Learn More >>

Fun and Surprises on the Eastern Triangle Farm Tourhomestead harvest

Homestead Harvest Farm in Wake Forest, NC Reprinted with permission by Elizabeth Mann of elizabethssecretgarden.blogspot.com/ My family went on the 2013 Eastern Triangle Farm Tour, which is put on by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. To learn more or buy tickets to this year’s tour, happening Sept. 20-21 visit http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/etft. Our first farm tour was Homestead Harvest Farm. The field [...] Learn More >>

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 improve [...] Learn More >>