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Grow Local & Organic

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is on a mission to bring local, organic food to your table from a farmer who shares your values.

Our vision is a vibrant, sustainable food system that is
good for consumers, good for farmers and farmworkers,
and good for the land.

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The Organic Program Takes a Momentous Step Forward with New Rules on Animal Welfare

Background Spring of 2016 brought big news in the world of organics: the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposed amendments to the organic livestock and poultry production rules regarding animal welfare during life, transport and slaughter.   This is a huge step for the National Organic Program (NOP), which has considered issuing rules on animal welfare for over 15 years. While the National [...] Take Action >>

SC Disaster Assistance Bill

  Background In October 2015, heavy rains after a wet season resulted in massive flooding in large swaths of South Carolina. Hundreds of farms were affected. Many of the farms that grow food (rather than commodities) didn’t have crop insurance to help cover their losses. In fact, according to Roland McReynolds, CFSA’s executive director, “Small farmers who [...] Take Action >>

The DARK Act

Updates         Take Action Background A battle is raging over labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). There is broad consumer demand for labeling these products, and a federal court has determined that state laws requiring labeling are unlikely to violate the US Constitution. But the biotech and grocery store industries continue to expend [...] Take Action >>

The Sweet Potato

Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center Farms Organically, Grows Cultural RootsThe Hawkeye Indian Culture Center Farm

By Lisa Fouladbash, Organic Policy Coordinator Gwen Locklear at the Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center’s Organic FarmPhoto submitted by Gwen Locklear   When you first drive up to the Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center in Hoke County, NC , in the heart of North Carolina farm country, you see a vibrant community center, tucked away on an enchanting small woodland [...] Learn More >>

Connecting People Who Grow Food With People Who Need FoodFussy Gourmet farm manager, Davon Goodwin, hand prunes acres and acres of grapes. Photo by Lari Powell Hatley

By Lari Powell Hatley, Farmer Foodshare, CFSA’s 2015 Institution of the Year  Fussy Gourmet farm manager, Davon Goodwin, hand prunes acres and acres of grapes.Photo by Lari Powell Hatley Davon Goodwin is only 27 years old, but he has learned a lot in his life. Growing up in Pennsylvania, he was a wrestler. There he learned about [...] Learn More >>

Tips for Eating Organic AffordablyThe author with her sensational (and affordable) party salsa

By Laura Pyatt, Durham Co-op Market Savvy shopper at the Durham CoopPhoto by Anna MacDonald Dobbs One of my favorite activities is having friends or family over for a night of cooking, drinking, and eating together. Making and sharing food together creates a community that brings people closer, plus it’s just so darn fun. However, cooking for a [...] Learn More >>