eNews November 2011

In this edition:

News & Updates on CFSA Events –

Sustainable Ag Conference – Nov. 11-13 in Durham, NC

Local Foods Feast – Nov. 11 at 6:30 PM in Durham, NC

Learn to Cook Local – Dec. 8 at 6:00 at the Forsyth County Extension Office in Winston-Salem

Association News –

ACTION ALERTS – Farm Bill Comments Due TODAY! and NAIS “Lite” Deadline extended

Sustainable Ag. Conference Updates

Local Foods Feast and Joan Dye Gussow Keynote

South Carolina County Council Passes Resolution to Support Sustainable Agriculture Development – Chester County, SC  

Cultivate Piedmont and Cobbleston Farmers Market Update

Learn to Cook Local for the Holiday Season

Expert Tip –

Hoophouses for Salad Mix

Expert advice from CFSA’s Organic Initiative Coordinator, Karen McSwain

CFSA Program Spotlight –

CFSA’s Internship Referral Service – Post your Fall internships now!

Action Alerts –


Only once every 5 years do you have the opportunity to truly transform our food and farm system through the federal farm bill. This year, Congress is cutting our chance to have our say—they expect to write the next farm bill by November 1—TODAY!

We have to speak now, and speak loudly!

If you care about the health of America’s soil, water, and land; promoting organic practices and conservation; helping a new generation of small and mid-sized farmers get their start; rebuilding local and regional food systems; or developing new markets and healthy food access – now is the time to speak up. If you want to see a healthier, more secure, environmentally sustainable, and prosperous America – now is the time to speak up. The current proposals under consideration could wipe out the victories for local, organic agriculture that we achieved in the 2002 and 2008 food and farm bills, restoring ‘big business as usual’ for industrial ag and “un-greening” the farm bill.

> Call your Senators and Congress members today—you can find the phone numbers for your representatives at – https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/alert_congress2011.shtml.

If the line is busy, please leave a brief message on the voicemail.

The Message:

I am a constituent, calling Senator/Representative _____ to deliver this message:

• The farm bill must level the playing field for our small farms and rural communities by reinvesting at least $1 billion a year in innovative, job-creating programs for rural economic development, local and regional food systems, organic farming, and young and beginning farmers. That’s less than the cost of just four F-35 fighter jets, and less than 5 percent of the value of federal subsidies for the biggest oil companies. The budget should not be balanced on the backs of our small farms and rural communities.

• Farm commodity programs must be reformed, with a cap on the amount of subsidy any one farm can receive. We can no longer afford the loopholes allowing multiple subsidy payments to single farms. And anyone receiving revenue and crop insurance subsidies should have to comply with conservation requirements.

> Take Action Now!


Deadline for NAIS “Lite” Comments Extended

The USDA is back with another flawed animal tracking scheme that will hurt small farms and local food. The USDA has proposed a ‘lite’ version of NAIS that would impose major, unjustified costs on small-scale livestock producers and the businesses that support them, solely to protect the handful of giant companies that dominate the meatpacking industry.

> Take Action – the deadline for comments is now Dec. 9, 2011.


Association News –

Sustainable Ag. Conference

Nov. 11-13, 2011 in Durham, NC


Don’t Miss the Food and Farming Event of the Year!

Join us in Durham for the 26th Annual Sustainable Ag Conference.

> Late Registration Deadline – Nov. 5th  



Late registration will end on Saturday, November 5th; you have until midnight on the 5th to register online! We cannot register anyone by phone or online after the deadline has passed, but you can still attend the conference at the last minute.

We will be taking on-site registrations at the Sheraton Imperial beginning Friday, November 11th at 7:00am. Prices for on-site registration are higher, so don’t delay – register now before the deadline passes!

Having trouble with the online registration? Can’t remember your Member Login? Email Cheryl Ripperton Rettie and she will get you set up. Please realize that our phone lines will be extremely busy, so the best way to get in touch about conference registration questions is to email Cheryl directly – she’ll be glad to help!


The following Friday Nov. 11th, pre-conference workshops and tours are now SOLD OUT:

Beginning Farmer VIP Tour

Extension Tour

Sustainable Fruit and Veggie Tour

Hands-on Permaculture workshop

Several other workshops and tours have only a few more seats available!  Don’t delay; register today!  /sac11_register.shtml


Don’t forget to arrive early on Friday to participate in the important regulatory listening sessions, the Speed Networking and to check out the exhibitors.  We kick things off at 4 PM Friday.


Do you interact with state-level agencies in your farm or food business? Do you have concerns about the way regulations impact your work or suggestions on how to improve them? Please join us on Friday, November 11 from 4:15 to 5:15 pm for the Regulatory Listening Sessions; we have scheduled separate sessions for our North and South Carolina members so we can focus on state-specific issues and solutions.

>Please contact Diana Vossbrinck if you plan to attend the South Carolina session. Contact Shivaugn Rayl if you plan to attend the North Carolina session. Can’t join us, but have an idea? Please share it with us before the session and we will include it in the discussion.


And don’t forget the Silent Auction! We already have wonderful items donated by – and sometimes handmade or homegrown by CFSA members and others coming to the conference.

Do you have a something to bring? From sweet potatoes to sweaters, beehives to books: the Silent Auction is a place to showcase your product and help raise money for CFSA at the same time. We proudly display business cards or brochures next to your donated items. Contact Cheryl for more information, or just bring your silent auction donation to the conference with you.


Ed Fletcher of Strategic Sourcing is confirmed as our herb growing and marketing expert for Sunday morning!  Ed is one of the top herb people in the country, works with many farmers and is well worth hearing.

James Hadley, Head of Culinary Arts at Wake Tech and an enthusiastic supporter of local foods, will be doing our meat butchering demo on Sunday morning.  He will be working with pork from Mae Farm and Mike and Suzanne Jones.


> For more details on the CFSA Conference, visit: https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac11.shtml

> For information on workexchange, visit: https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac11_support.shtml


Local Foods Feast and Joan Dye Gussow Keynote

Friday, Nov 11 at 6:30 PM

Sheraton Imperial, Durham NC

A Special thank you to our Local Foods Feast Sponsors!

Bountiful Sponsors

Slow Food Triangle

Paul Finkel

TerraVITA Food & Wine Event

Plentiful Sponsors

Alice Alexander & David Scheidt

Bill Mahony & Joyce Boucheron

Carpe Diem Cleaning

Cheryl Turney & Rick Jamison

Dave Salman & Nancy Mayer

Dennis McGill & Wina Woodbury

edible Piedmont

Frachele Scott

Jefferson Holt & Kate Bottomley

Kathy Buck & Ken Moore

Lil & John Dowdy

Pete & Margaret Schubert

Rebecca Page & Bob Foyle


Tami Schwerin & Lyle Estill

Tom & Sue Krebs

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Please join us for an inspiring and delicious evening! ONLY A FEW MORE SEATS AVAILABLE!


This mouthwatering meal made with only the best in-season, sustainably grown ingredients supplied by local farms is one of the highlights of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference.

Our keynote is world-renowned local food advocate and best-selling author of This Organic Life, Joan Dye Gussow.  A passionate supporter of organic, local food and small, family farms, Joan has spent a lifetime championing the idea that locally-grown food eaten in season makes sense — economically, ecologically, and gastronomically.  Joan has not made a presentation of this kind in over 3 years; don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to hear from a living legend!  Her speech about the connection between the way we grow food and the healthiness of what we eat will inspire and challenge.

Proceeds from the event will support the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s work to help sustainable family farms thrive in the Carolinas. 

> To buy tickets to the Feast, please visit https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/Shopping/Shopping.aspx?Cart=0&Site=CFSA

or call (919) 542-2402.

South Carolina County Council Passes Resolution to Support Sustainable Agriculture Development – Chester County, SC

At their October 17, 2011 meeting the County Council of Chester County (SC) unanimously approved a resolution to encourage the support of organic farming and sustainable agriculture.  The resolution, sponsored by the Catawba Regional Local Food Coalition, will lay the groundwork for the creation of programs and partnerships to encourage and support sustainable agriculture initiatives throughout the county.  Additionally, the resolution challenges all facets of county government to pursue all available, appropriate, and effective tools to encourage and support the further development of their local food economy. The resolution was patterned after a similar initiative implemented by Anderson County, South Carolina in 2007.

During the council meeting Diana Vossbrinck of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Allison Schaum of Palmetto Agricultural Consultants presented information about related programs in  Anderson County as well as shared information on the economic and community development benefits of investing in sustainable agriculture.  This information provided the Council with a wonderful example of how a local government can sustainably grow a local economy and will serve to inform future local food development efforts. The Catawba Regional Local Food Coalition seeks to have similar resolutions passed in all coalition counties (Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York).

> For more information about the Coalition please contact Ben Boyles or 803.981.3021.

> To learn more about farm and food policy and the difference local advocacy can make in your area, come to the Sustainable Ag Conference!  There is a Food Security and Farm Policy workshop on Friday, Nov. 11th featuring Jerry DeWitt, Aaron Newton, Brian Snyder and Sun Butler from 1-4:45 PM, plus a whole track devoted to food policy.  And, Saturday’s luncheon panel discussion focuses on the Farm Bill!  Register by Nov. 5th – /sac11_register.shtml

Cultivate Piedmont and Cobbleston Farmers Market Update

The Cobblestone Farmer’s Market is winding down its season but will continue to operate through November 29th. We have had a wonderful time this year bringing fresh, sustainably raised local food to Winston-Salem!

Cultivate Piedmont is also working hard to connect people with the knowledge and skills to eat locally and seasonally.  Through partnering with Winston-Salem based nonprofits Cancer Services and Triad Community Kitchen we just had the second of our quarterly cooking classes on October 19th at Second Harvest Food Bank.  Taught by Chef Jeff, participants learned healthy ways to cook seasonally with local winter squash.

> We look forward to sharing experiences, comparing notes and having discussions about the challenges (and triumphs) of running a farmer’s market at the Sustainable Agriculture conference this year during the Sunday morning farmers market workshop session.   There will be a facilitated discussion and networking for farmer’s market managers and supporters.

Learn to Cook Local for the Holiday Season

Cultivate Piedmont is already planning for the holidays, and what better way to prepare than with local food?

We are excited to announce that we will be offering a cooking class with chef Kevin Fisher, locavore extraordinaire, of the Screaming Rooster on Thursday, December 8th at 6:00 at the Forsyth County Extension office on Fairchild Road in Winston-Salem.  The class will focus on holiday cooking with local, seasonal produce, with an emphasis on pumpkins.  Anyone who has been to the Screaming Rooster knows that their pumpkin recipes go far beyond just pies, with everything from pumpkin waffles to pumpkin curry!
Price is $20 a person and will include a meal and some produce to take home.

> If you are a Winston-Salem or Triad resident and are interested, contact Adrienne Outcalt, Cultivate Piedmont Program Manager at 336-782-1345 or email her to register and pre-pay.  You can also register online! Space is limited, so don’t delay!  We hope to see this grow into a series of classes featuring Winston-Salem chefs sharing their knowledge of cooking local, seasonal food.

Expert Tip

Tips for Fall Salad Mix Production in a Hoophouse/High Tunnel

by Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Organic Initiatives Coordinator

  1. Make sure the doors of your hoophouse are well sealed and there are no holes in the plastic.
  2. While there are many factors that affect the temperature inside a hoophouse, temperatures can be 15-30 degrees hotter inside an unvented hoophouse than outside. Therefore, it is important to open hoophouse doors and/or roll up sides on warm days.  Don’t forget to close them at night if it is going to be cold.
  3. If you have never grown salad mix before, I recommend you start with a mixed variety package. Once you figure out your production system then you can start to experiment with designing your own mix.
  4. Lettuce seeds NEED light to germinate so make sure you do not sow your seeds deeper than 1/8 to 1/4 inch. ____ This line is about a 1/4 inch.
  5. Follow the in-between and within row spacing directions on your seed packet. Planting too close can increase pest problems. Also, remember you will be harvesting by hand so make sure you can easily reach your rows.
  6. Seeds need water to germinate; therefore, it is vital to keep soil moist.  Seedlings are at their most vulnerable state during the white thread stage. This is when seeds have germinated but seedlings have not emerged yet.
  7. In order to have salad mix every week you will want to plant multiple generations. While this can be an exact science, I usually planted a generation a week for four weeks. However, you need to take into account your space and market needs to determine what will work for you.

> For more great information about hoophouse production come to the SAC conference where we have an entire track dedicated to hoophouses sponsored by NC SARE!

CFSA Program Spotlight

CFSA’s Internship Referral Service

Post your Fall Internships NOW!


CFSA’s NEW on-line Internship Referrral Service connects sustainable farms throughout the Carolinas with aspiring farmers looking for hands-on learning opportunities.

CFSA Member Farmers: Post your NC and SC internship openings for free.

Students: Find your dream farm internship in the Carolinas!

Post Your Farm Internship Openings:  http://bit.ly/exw1I4

> Not yet a CFSA member? Join online (www.carolinafarmstewards.org/membership.shtml) to take advantage of our Internship Referral Service – just one of many member benefits!

> For more information, please contact Diana Vossbrinck.


CFSA Blog is Back!

Read more great farm and food stories at the blog, now at a new URL – http://www.carolinafarmstewardsblog.org

> Want to contribute to the blog? Email Amy with your story ideas!


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