eNews October 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

Important Action Alerts –

Speak Up for Sustainable Ag Budgets!

Congress has established the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the “Super Committee,” which is tasked with cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade. Those budget cuts will either protect the status quo in agriculture, deepening negative trends and starving out positive programs or, they will help make our nation’s agriculture policy better. Congressmembers from the Carolinas will have a big impact on these decisions.

> Take Action Today!

Just Say ‘No’ to NAIS Lite

The USDA is back with another flawed animal tracking scheme that will hurt small farms and local food. Two years ago the agency dropped plans for a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in the face of huge public outcry from people like you. Now 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 Nov. 9.

Association News –

Sustainable Ag. Conference Updates and Hidden Gems

Local Foods Feast and Joan Dye Gussow Keynote

SC New & Beginning Farmer Program Seeks Farmer Mentors

Cobblestone Farmers Market Voted Favorite Market

Cultivate Piedmont Seasonal Cooking Classes Teach Healthy Choices

Learn to Cook Local for the Holiday Season

Farm Tour Shines Despite the Rain

Take the SC Commercial Kitchen and Kitchen Incubator Survey

Get Started Today – 2012 EQIP-OI Program

NC Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council’s Annual Report Released

CFSA Photo of the Month

Expert Tip –

Getting Ready for the First Frost

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

CFSA Program Spotlight –

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

CFSA’s Blog is Back!

Upcoming Events –

26th Annual Sustainable Ag Conference

Nov. 11-13, 2011

Durham, NC

https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac11.shtml

Local Foods Feast and Joan Dye Gussow Keynote

part of the Sustainable Ag Conference

Nov. 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Durham, NC

 

For details on other sustainable ag events – and to email us your own events – visit: https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events.shtml

Association News –

 

Sustainable Ag. Conference

Nov. 11-13, 2011 in Durham, NC

www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac11.shtml

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

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

> Register by Oct. 18th and Save $50!  

Planning for the 2011 Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham is moving into high gear.  It’s a real honor to be hosting so many impressive speakers from around the country.  At last count, we have experts coming from over ten states!  Luminaries you’ll want to meet: Ellen Polishuk, Richard Wiswall, Greg Judy, Paul Weidger, Ross Conrad, Jim Riddle and Guy Jodarski.  Wow!  And of course we have Joan Dye Gussow who will be doing our Friday night keynote and a more intimate workshop on Saturday.  She is funny, down to earth and very passionate about local food.

  • Full workshop descriptions and speaker bios will be on the website in about a week.

Hidden Gems and New Offerings:

We are very pleased to have an awesome track for beginning farmers featuring Richard Wiswall sponsored by USDA-NIFA and a full track on high tunnels sponsored by NC-SARE.

We are so lucky to have such amazing local talent presenting at the conference this year!  A few workshops we’re especially excited about:

Andrea Reusing will be moderating a session about farm to table in the restaurant industry. Joining her will be Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery, Alex Hitt of Peregrine Farm and Portia McKnight of Chapel Hill Creamery.

Alice Ammerman of UNC Public Health is helping us with sessions on school lunches and farm to institution.

Fleming Pfann of Celebrity Dairy will be teaching a cheese making class and Ken Dawson is teaching an advanced vegetable class – both a rare treat.

And check out the class on rice production from Jason and Haruka Oatis!

Above all, we are getting really excited about seeing so many old friends.  So, join us in foodie Durham, sample some beers and local eats, learn from amazing people, and renew great friendships.

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> 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

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

Seedleaf

Tami Schwerin & Lyle Estill

Tom & Sue Krebs

Please join us for an inspiring and delicious evening – Tickets for the legendary Local Foods Feast are now on sale! Buy your tickets today – this event will sell out!

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.

> Want to do even more to support local foods and organic farms?  Local Foods Feast sponsorships still available!  Email Alice or call her at (919) 824-4799. 

CFSA Receives Golden LEAF Grant

This grant will fund eight Social Media for Farmers workshops across North Carolina. These workshops will teach farmers to expand markets and increase sales by using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The grant will also fund exciting upgrades to CFSA’s online local food finder that will enhance the online presence of farmers and allow more customers to find their products. The new food guide will allow farmers to add photos, videos, and social media feed to their farm profiles.

 

> The first Social Media for Farmers workshop will be held on Nov. 11th at the Sustainable Ag Conference!Register today!

SC New & Beginning Farmer Program Seeks Farmer Mentors

Twenty-four aspiring farmers recently graduated from the South Carolina New & Beginning Farmer’s first year program. Graduates made presentations of their business plans, with visions ranging from a non-profit urban farm to an incubator farm with plans to train war veterans in a second career. We congratulate all CFSA members among the graduates! The second year of the SCNBF Program begins in October. Forty-seven applicants have been off ered acceptance. Once again, the program will include internship programs for participants, facilitated by CFSA and Lowcountry Local First.

> Any members interested in being a mentor farm for 2012 are encouraged to contact Diana Vossbrinck at diana@ for more information. An application will be available by the end of the year.

Cobblestone Farmers Market Voted Favorite Market

The Cobblestone Farmers Market has been running every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm, providing the residents of Winston-Salem with local, sustainable produce all summer. We are proud to be voted favorite Farmers Market in this year’s 2011 Smitty’s Notes, and a runner up for best Farmers Market in this year’s Winston-Salem Journal Reader’s Choice poll!

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?  The Cobblestone Farmer’s Market will end November 29th, but our mission of helping spread local food throughout the Triad will not.  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.

> Contact Adrienne Outcalt to register and pre-pay.  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.

Cultivate Piedmont Seasonal Cooking Classes Teach Healthy Choices

We are proud to report that via a partnership with Cancer Service’s Body and Soul Program and Triad Community Kitchen, we have been offering outreach on local, seasonal food through cooking classes. The Body and Soul program uses a network of African-American churches to perform outreach on cancer prevention via healthy lifestyle choices. We have been able to offer classes focused on cooking using local, sustainably raised, fresh food to this community! We held our first class on June 30, and due to its success, another is scheduled for fall.

Farm Tour Shines Despite the Rain

Despite a lot of clouds and some raindrops, the Eastern Carolina Farm Tour had record-breaking attendance.  With 25 farms on display, we saw 1,300 visitors make over 3,300 visits  —  600 more visits than last year!  We really appreciate the participation of our farmers who do such a wonderful job with the tour.  We also want to thank our co-sponsor Whole Foods Market.  And thanks to Fred Thompson of Edible Piedmont who featured us on his TV show (http://www.mycarolinatoday.com/2011/09/edible-whole-foods-eastern-triangle-farm-tour/).  A lot of great learning happens when folks get out on farms and see sustainable farming first hand.  A picture is truly worth a thousand words. 

> Check out our farm tour photos on our Facebook page and “Like” us while you’re there!  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.268212009866655.64499.109053382449186

 

Take the SC Commercial Kitchen and Kitchen Incubator Survey

Many farmers and specialty food producers across South Carolina have had difficulties finding and accessing a certified kitchen to prepare processed foods for resale.  These products could include salsas, sauces, and cakes as well as cut vegetables and prepared fruits.  The Clemson University Institute for Economic and Community Development is working with the SC Department of Agriculture to assess interest in a shared-use commercial kitchen or kitchen incubator within the state.

A survey has been developed to evaluate the level of interest in a commercial kitchen/kitchen incubator, in addition to the services and equipment that would be necessary for an agribusiness to prepare, package, store, and label their products.  The survey asks questions about your current or prospective operation in farm and food production and the services needed to produce a successful commercial product.  The results of the survey will play a key role in our recommendations concerning the feasibility of starting a shared-use commercial kitchen or kitchen incubator facility in the state.

Participation in the survey will take no more than 10 minutes.  Your contribution will help us understand the needs of small food producers and will allow us to address them adequately.  We greatly appreciate your time.

> To participate in the survey, click on the Commercial Kitchen and Kitchen Incubator and Interest Survey link found here: http://www.clemson.edu/public/ciecd/.

If you have any questions or comments please email Devin Swindall or call (864) 656-2569.

Get Started Today – 2012 EQIP-OI Program

While the application deadline for 2012 EQIP-OI sign-up has not been announced NOW is the time to contact your county district conservationist to begin the application process. This is an excellent program that can help address resource concerns on your farm.

> For more information please visit CFSA’s website  at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/eqip.shtml or email Karen McSwain.

NC Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council’s Annual Report Released

On Oct 1, the NC Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council released its 2011 Annual Report, which details the Council’s work and includes recommendations for supporting and growing sustainable, local food businesses. This report was transmitted to the General Assembly, the Governor, and the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

> Read the report at www.ncagr.gov/localfood.

CFSA Photo of the Month

Appalachian White foundation seed. This seed will be planted to produce certified regionally adapted bread wheat seed.

>To keep up with Jennifer and the Bread Flour Project, subscribe to her blog: http://ncobfp.blogspot.com/

Expert Tip

Getting Ready for the First Frost

by Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Organic Initiatives Coordinator

 

With frost looming on the horizon there are a number of things you should be thinking about.  First, it’s time to pull out the remay and get it laid out next to crops you plan on covering to make it through the chilly nights. I find here in the mountains we always get a frost around the middle of October, have a few chilly nights, and then tend to be frost free for a few more weeks. If you can get your frost sensitive crops through those first few cold nights, you can continue harvesting them for a few more weeks.  Second, keep a close eye on the weather.  While I usually check the weather daily, this time of year I don’t skip a day. The last thing you want is to be working long into the night covering crops and harvesting those that will not make it.  That’s why, a day or two before a frost I harvest everything that I know will not make it through; tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash, peppers…..I have been told that if you wrap tomatoes in newspaper and keep them in the closet you may have the joy of eating one on Christmas Eve. I have never managed to keep them around long enough to do that. If you are selling at market once you tell your customers it’s the end of the tomatoes and peppers till next summer, you should have no problem selling your bounty. If you want to keep some for yourselves, peppers can be frozen fresh and I always have a freezer full of frozen breaded eggplant to make eggplant parmesan all winter long, yum.

CFSA Program Spotlight

CFSA’s Internship Referral Service

Post your Fall Internships NOW!

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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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