For Growers

CFSA Programs and Resources For Growers

NEW! Organic Input Finder 

Farmers have consistently identified the limited supply of organic agricultural inputs as one of the most significant obstacles to increasing organic crop production in the Carolinas. CFSA has done the legwork so you can find and purchase OMRI-listed and NOP-compliant organic inputs including OMRI-approved pesticides; organic dry or liquid fertilizers, potting mix, or cover crop seeds; organic and GMO-free hay and feed; or compost in the Carolinas?

 

NEW! SAMPLE FARM CAP 138

A Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Supporting Organic Transition is a conservation plan outlining management practices that will assist producers/growers in the transition from conventional farming or ranching systems to an organic production system. 

 

NEW! 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, how much to grow, and how to allocated their resources to meet their production goals.

 

Good Agricultural Practices for Small Diversified Farms: Tips and Strategies to Reduce Risk and Pass an Audit

NEW - Food Safety Videos

Many small-farm operators identify the food safety certification process as a roadblock to getting their fresh produce into food service, institutional and retail markets. Through a partnership with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, North Carolina State University/North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the manual and supporting videos document real-world examples of how small, diversified farms can manage food safety risk without breaking the bank and without changing their crop production practices. Learn the tools and strategies to help your small, diversified produce farm sail through GAPs certification.

 

NEW: Record Keeping 

The National Organic Program’s record-keeping requirements are often cited as a barrier to certification. There are a number of commercially available record keep tools on the market and while many of them offer a free trial, we went ahead and reviewed them for you! We hope you find this information useful when thinking about purchasing software for your own use.

Also, check out a few of our favorite downloadable FREE recordkeeping templates!

 

 

Organic Produce Marketing Survey

This groundbreaking CFSA study finds a 7.3 Million gap between supply and demand for key organic crops.

 

Organic Transition Handbook for Produce Farmers

This handbook is designed to help farmers breeze through the organic certification process.  It includes key information about and resources on organic certification, recordkeeping, allowed and prohibited substances, developing an organic system plan, soil fertility and pest management, and marketing. 

 

CFSA Growing Your Local Food Business: A Guide to Laws and Regulations (2012)

South Carolina Regulatory Guide

North Carolina Regulatory Guide

A guide written for beginning and established farmers to help them understand the many federal and state laws and regulations that govern the production and sale of local foods. Specific sections provide outline requirements for farm-scale production and sale of meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, raw fruits & vegetables, honey, and low-risk manufactured foods (e.g., pickles and jams).

 

Organic and Non-GMO Feed and Hay Sources

Sourcing organic and non-GMO feed and hay for livestock is a major challenge for farmers and homesteaders alike. In response, we have assembled a list of farms and businesses that offer these products in the Carolinas.

 

Organic Production Handbook

This handbook includes invaluable information about organic practices, NOP regulations, EQIP conservation practices that support organic operations, organic nutrient management, ecological weed management, and a list of key resources for organic growers in the Carolinas.

 

Applying for the EQIP-Organic Initiative 

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) – Organic Initiative is a federal cost-share program to help organic and transitioning farmers implement conservation practices on their land. Read this informative page to learn about application requirements and deadlines, download necessary forms, and connect with NRCS Staff in the Carolinas.

Organic Carolinas Initiative

Learn about CFSAs commitment to increase organic farmers’ access to technical support, organic inputs, and marketing opportunities in the Carolinas.

Local Produce Safety Initiative

Are you a small-scale grower concerned about marketing to wholesale and institutional buyers that require GAP certification? Read about our efforts to make GAP certification practical and cost effective through training, cost share and a GAP manual in-development for small operations.

 

Internship Referral Service

Post your farm internship openings. Listing services are available to North Carolina and South Carolina CFSA farm members seeking interns.

 

Grower Events

Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming workshops, farm tours, our Sustainable Agriculture Conference and other grower-focused opportunities.

Organic Enterprise Budgets

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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, how much to grow, and how to allocated their resources to meet their production goals.

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Record Keeping

The National Organic Program’s record-keeping requirements are often cited as a barrier to certification.

There are a number of commercially available record keep tools on the market and while many of them offer a free trial, we went ahead and reviewed them for you! We hope you find this information useful when thinking about purchasing software for your own use.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT: Record Keeping Software

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