Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

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what we do

Strengthen Local Food Systems

Here’s how we bolster local, organic food throughout South and North Carolina.

Help Farmers

We provide farmers and food hubs with the tools, resources, and technical assistance they need to be resilient, profitable, and productive.

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Education

We host conferences, workshops, meetups, and farm tours to keep you informed about the latest in local, organic food and farming.

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Advocacy

We drive local, state, and national policies to build a better food system.

Connect Consumers

We empower community members across the Carolinas to support and participate in the local food system.

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News, Articles, & Stories

Senate Farm Bill Proposal Includes Promising Food System Reform
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Cultivating a Greener Future: The Role of Climate-Smart Agriculture Programs
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Farms on the 2024 Piedmont Farm Tour
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New Farms on the 2024 Piedmont Farm Tour
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Microledon Farm, Conservation Planning, and a Third Perspective
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Forced-Air Cooling Is Economical & GAP-Friendly
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Seed Starting for Success
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Analysis of the Strengthening Organic Enforcement Rule
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Good Agricultural Practices—Protecting the People We Feed
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Addressing Gaps in Organic Education
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Weed Suppression Using Silage Tarps
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Find Your Pasture-Raised Holiday Turkey from a Local Farm
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Climate-Smart Farming – A Passing Phase or Farming Reinvented?
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The State of Organic Markets in the Carolinas
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What Egg Producers Need to Know About Safe Handling Practices and the Law
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2023 Conference Scholarships & Work Exchange
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Making Amendments Work for You and Your Soil
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Managing the Tomato Fruitworm in the Carolinas
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Your Volunteer Guide to Food Councils in the Carolinas
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Disappearing Legacies: Endangered Livestock Breeds of the Southeast
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How to Store Vegetable Seeds Long Term
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25 Ways to Attract Pollinators to Your Farms & Gardens
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Meet Mary Beth Miller, CFSA Education Coordinator
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Where Can I _____ on The Piedmont Farm Tour?
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Farm Tour FAQs
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5 Reasons to Grow Mushrooms in Your Garden & Farm
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Meet Marianna Spence, CFSA Membership Coordinator
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Membership Advocacy Program 2024: Apply Now!
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Meet Cheryl Ripperton Rettie, CFSA Finance, Administration, & HR Director
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Meet Matt Kneece, CFSA South Carolina Policy Coordinator
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Diving Deep Into Collard Diversity
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Meet Mark Dempsey, CFSA Farm Services Manager
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Meet Claire McLendon, CFSA Grants Coordinator
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How Farmers Are Adapting to Keep Up with COVID-19 Demand
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Witnessing to Racial Injustice and the Value of Black Lives
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FSMA Preventive Controls Rule FAQs
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Key Census Takeaways for the Carolinas
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A Closer Look: The Farms & Food of Central & Southern Italy (Pt. 2)
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6 Types of People You’ll Meet at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference
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Organic Plant Breeding Yields Superior Varieties for Cucurbit Growers
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Where Can You Get Local Flowers This Season?
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The Farms & Food of Central & Southern Italy
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A Closer Look: The Farms & Food of Central & Southern Italy (Pt. 1)
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New Farms on the 2019 Piedmont Farm Tour
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Regenerative Farming Practices for Fiber Farms
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Chickens: Free Water Equals More Free Time
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Prison Whiskey: A New Twist on Small-Batch Bourbon
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A Native Carolina Fruit That Tastes like a Tropical Vacation
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Farmers Overcome Obstacles Across the Globe
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Crop Insurance Modernization
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In Search of the Farm Lawyer, Part I: The Myth
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Eating Sustainably: Is Buying Organic Worth It?
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In Search of the Farm Lawyer, Part II: Access to Legal Services
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GMO Labeling
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Hydroponics and the Organic Label (Part Two)
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Hydroponics and the Organic Label (Part Three)
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Hydroponics and the Organic Label (Part Four)
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Honoring a Founding Champion of Local, Organic Agriculture
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Saving the Delaware Chicken and Other Rare Breeds at Chickcharney Farm
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Hydroponics and the Organic Label (Part One)
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The Federal Budget Process: How The United States Allocates Spending on Federal Programs and Services
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Okfuskee Farm: Young Farmers Use Holistic Management as Innovation
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Food Labels 101: Organic, Cage-Free, Grass fed, Natural
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Partnerships to elevate local food policy – Community Food Strategies, Plate of the Union and local food councils
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Importance of Local Food in Faith Traditions
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7 Hacks To Keep Your Fruits And Vegetables Fresh For Longer
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Cates Corner Farm: A North Carolina Century Farm Thrives in the 21st Century
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Do You Have to Follow the FSMA Produce Rules?
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FSA County Committees
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The DARK Act
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Read CFSA’s Comments on FDA’s New FSMA Rules
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NC ORGANIC INPUT FINDER
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SC ORGANIC INPUT FINDER
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ORGANIC PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS FINDER
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September 11 – FDA’s Proposed Produce Rule is “Food-Safety Theatre”
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What’s Wrong With FSMA and What Needs Changing
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About FSMA
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July 22 – Why You Don’t Want to be a “Facility”
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August 20 – Agricultural Water Standards in FSMA – How it Affects Farmers
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CFSA’s Fight for Food Safety
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TAKE ACTION – Comment Now!
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June 5 – It’s Time to Change the Food Safety Debate
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June 19 – What Will FSMA Compliance Cost Farmers and Consumers?
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June 26 – Federal Food Safety Laws Could Cost Industry Millions
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Specific Ways FDA “Food Safety Modernization Act” Will Harm Sustainable Agriculture
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July 12 – ‘What is a Food Facility’? Whatever FDA Says it Is (And That’s a Big Problem)
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Honoring Bill Dow
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Organic and Non-GMO Feed and Hay Sources Finder
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Applying to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program
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Good Questions to Ask Your Farmer About Your Food
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Farm Bill 2023: Local Farms & Food Act Protects Critical Food System Investments
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Managing Soil pH on Your Farm
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ARA: Helping Farmers Deal with the Challenges of Climate Change
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2022 Questions for Candidates
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Farm to Conference: How Kris Reid Feeds the Masses at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference
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Raising Pigs in the Carolinas and Beyond: An Interview with Swine Specialist Rhyne Cureton
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How Regenerative Agriculture Can Save Family Farms & Solve Climate Change
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Farms and Food in the State Budget
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Lomax Farm

The Lomax Research & Education Farm is a certified organic farm in Concord, NC, that provides land access and research-based education to farmers, students, and community members to foster a resilient local food system that protects our natural resources for future generations.