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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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Run for FSA Office In Your County

The USDA announced on June 9, 2015 that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees would begin on June 15, 2015. “Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “It is important [...] Take Action >>

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

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 effort and millions of dollars [...] Take Action >>

Healthy Food Small Retailer/Corner Store Act

Background There is a growing movement to increase fresh, healthy food access in corner stores and convenience stores. Many people living in food desert areas often can only access food that is available for purchase at these types of stores. Over the past several years, there have been multiple county and city level initiatives in North [...] Take Action >>

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Sustainable Agriculture and Perennial GrainsWes Jackson

by Laura Stewart, Education Director Wes JacksonPhoto credit: Land Institute On September 15th, Dr. Wes Jackson of the Land Institute gave a talk at Elon University as part of their Voices of Discovery speaker series, which invites innovative speakers in science and mathematics. Jackson is the founder and president of Land Institute, a nonprofit organization whose collaborative research [...] Learn More >>

North Carolina Sustainable Farmers Fighting Back Against A Bill to Green-wash All FarmsDoes this look like sustainable agriculture to you? CFSA didn't think so either.

by Rochelle Sparko, Policy Director Does this look like sustainable agriculture to you? CFSA didn’t think so either. Photo credit: USGS Back in March, North Carolina State Senators Brock (R-34) and Jackson (R-10) sponsored the Farm Act of 2015, a bill containing a laundry-list of changes to laws regulating the agriculture industry. The bill picked up 11 co-sponsors, [...] Learn More >>

Pulling Weeds to Sowing Seeds at Piedmont BioFarmPiedmont BioFarm

By Lindsay Luhn and Christopher Grippo, CFSA Interns. Visit Piedmont BioFarm on the Beginning Farmer VIP Tour, a Friday Preconference Bus Tour before the 30th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference. Piedmont BioFarm entrance. Pittsboro, NC. If you’ve never heard of an eco-industrial park, don’t worry – neither had we. Needless to say we were excited when we heard that our assignment [...] Learn More >>