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SC Healthy Food Financing Initiative

The Background The South Carolina budget moving through the House of Representatives contains a $100,000 appropriation for a Healthy Food Financing Initiative. This appropriation, if it remains in the budget, will support local farmers and food businesses by providing access to loans and grants to establish, renovate, or expand food projects. Priority will be given to projects [...] Take Action >>

USDA Census of Agriculture – Organic Survey

The 2014 Organic Survey is a complete inventory of all known organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification in the Unites States (those grossing less than $5,000 annually from organic sales), and those producers transitioning to organic production. This study serves as a census of all organic operations, as directed under the FY2014 Farm [...] Take Action >>

Support for Food Councils

CFSA is a partner in the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ Community Food Strategies initiative. This initiative is staffed by a team working across the Carolinas to provide resources, support, and technical assistance to new and existing Food Councils.     Take Action >>

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Folk Artist donates profit to Lomax Farmbanner

by Barbara Hengstenberg, Wildes Art When the stars align and those whom I respect speak, I need to listen! I count my blessings that I acquired the skill (and art) of listening from my mother.  Whenever my friends had troubles, they asked to come speak with Mom.  They knew she would listen.  Listening to oneself, however, can often [...] Learn More >>

Organic Certification FAQs4colorsealgif

These are three of the most common questions we hear from farmers about Organic Certification.   You also have several opportunities to learn more about Organic Production & Certification in person. Feb. 23 - Organic Certification Workshop; Columbia, SC March 31 – Organic Certification Workshop; Rougemont, NC April 2 – Organic Certification Workshop; Black Mountain, NC   1. Worried that certification will be too complicated [...] Learn More >>

Community Food Strategies Initiative Supports, Coordinates Statewide Food Systems WorkNetworking opportunities at the Local Food Council Gathering

Guest post by Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) In 2008 and 2009, CEFS convened hundreds of food system stakeholders from across the state in “Farm to Fork,” a groundbreaking exploration of action opportunities for building a local, sustainable food system.  The initiative produced a statewide action guide identifying “game changer” strategies for transforming North Carolina’s food [...] Learn More >>