eNews September 2011


In this edition:

News & Updates on CFSA Events –

Eastern Triangle Farm Tour – Sept. 17-18

– We still need a few good volunteers.

Contact Fred if you’d like to help!

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

– New Workshops on Cheesemaking, Cooking Naturally and Social Media for Farmers!

An Important Note about Meals

Deadline for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Scholarship – THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 3rd!

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

Association News

CFSA Scholarships for Beginning Farmer and Rancher – Deadline – Sept. 3rd

South Carolina New & Beginning Farmer Program Graduates First Class and Looks Ahead to 2012

Update from the Bread Flour Project

Learning How to Improve Equity in Our Communities

Welcome Laura Wurts, CFSA’s New Grants Manager


CFSA’s EQIP Webpage Helps Farmers Apply For Conservation Grants (EQIP-OI)

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

Fall Sweet Potato Tips

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


Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

Sept. 17-18, 2011

1:00-5:00 PM on both days


Know Your Farms Charlotte Area Farm Tour

Sept. 17-18, 2011 from 12:30-5:30 PM on both days


The North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council Meeting

September 22 from 1-4 pm

Martin Building of the NC State Fairgrounds


The Pittsboro Pepper Festival

Oct. 2 from 4-7 PM


26th Annual Sustainable Ag Conference

Nov. 11-13, 2011

Durham, NC


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 post your own events – visit: https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/events.shtml


CFSA’s Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

Sept. 17-18, 2011 from 1:00-5:00 pm both days

Fun event for the whole family features sustainable farms, gardens, and urban chickens! 

This year’s tour will be the largest Eastern Triangle Farm Tour to date!

Just some of the fun things you’ll find on the tour:

-25 sustainably managed, small scale farms, including 5 new this year!

-Urban chicken demonstrations by local expert Bob Davis at the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm on Saturday and the SEEDS garden in Durham on Sunday.

-A chance to explore farms that produce everything from cheese, veggies and honey to mushrooms, livestock and fiber!

-Urban farms and community gardens and much more!

Tour goers are encouraged to bring a cooler. There will be lots of fresh vegetables, eggs, honey, cheese, meat, and other products for sale at the farms!

Advance tickets are $25 per carload or cycle group.  Tickets are good for both Saturday and Sunday and can be used to visit all of the farms on the tour. Day-of tickets are $30 or $10 per farm.

> To see complete Google map of the farms, download the farm tour brochure, or buy your advance tickets, visit: /etft2011.shtml

This family friendly event is co-sponsored by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Whole Foods Market!

Sustainable Ag. Conference

Nov. 11-13, 2011 in Durham, NC


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

This year’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference just keeps getting better and better!

Check out these exciting new Friday pre-conference workshops:

New!  Cheesemaking workshop |  Nov. 11, 2011 |  2:30 – 5:30 PM


Join us for this hands-on goats milk cheese-making workshop taught by award-winning

cheesemaker, Fleming Pfann, of Celebrity Dairy. You’ll learn to make both an acidic

cheese (i.e., fresh chevre) and a heated curd cheese (i.e., cheddar) in the kitchen at

Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to

learn from a cheese-making legend!  Limited to 26 participants. 

New!  Cooking Natural, Seasonal and Local |  Nov. 11, 2011 |  2:30 – 5:30 PM

This hands-on workshop at the renowned Central Carolina Community College’s Natural Chef Program Kitchen will teach you the secrets of cooking local!  A Natural Chef instructor will lead a small group.  You will learn about sourcing food, seasonality issues, recipes, preparation techniques and more.  Limited to 20 participants. 

New!  Social Media for Farmers workshop | Nov. 11, 2011 |  9:00 – 4:00 PM

Want to harness the power of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to reach new customers and grow your farm business?  You won’t want to miss this very inexpensive ($15) all-day hands-on workshop designed especially for farmers and taught by social media expert, Johanna Kramer (@durhamfoodie) and the team who created CFSA’s conference 2010 and Join the Food Revolution videos, Cary and Grace Kanoy (GeoCore Films).  You will leave this workshop with a fully-functioning Facebook and Twitter page (or upgrade your existing pages), the skills to shoot your own short farm video using your cell phone, camera, or iPad, and the training to take better farm photos.  Includes lunch.  This workshop is funded by a grant from the Golden LEAF foundation.    Limited to 25 participants!

> These workshops and other great choices from Mob grazing to Mushroom Cultivation, School Lunches to Community Gardening will sell out fast! 


> 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


An Important Note about Meals at the Conference

All meals are sold separately this year! If you are registering for the conference, you must also purchase meals. We are doing this to have better meal counts so we can accurately buy local food. We are learning each year how to better buy locally in an institutional setting — as we get it right, we can spread the word so that all such events demand local, organic food!

ALSO NOTE: There is no dinner on Saturday night.  After an amazing Local Foods Reception, we encourage conference goers to support the local food economy and eat out at one of the many fine farm-to-fork eateries in the Triangle.  Let’s support local!

> Visit https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac11_extras.shtml#meals for all the details on meals and a great list of farm-to-fork restaurants in the Triangle so you can plan your Saturday night dinner at the Conference! 

Local Foods Feast

Friday, Nov 11 at 6:30 PM

Sheraton Imperial, Durham NC

Please join us for an inspiring and delicious evening – Tickets for the legendary Local Foods Feast are now on sale at: https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/Shopping/Shopping.aspx?Cart=0&Site=CFSA

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?  Become a Local Foods Feast sponsor!  Email Alice or call her at (919) 824-4799. 

South Carolina New & Beginning Farmer Program Graduates First Class and Looks Ahead to 2012

Twenty-four aspiring farmers recently graduated from the South Carolina New & Beginning Farmer’s first year program.  SC Commissioner of Agriculture, Hugh Weathers congratulated graduates and reminded them that small, specialty farmers were a vital part of South Carolina’s agricultural industry.  Graduates made presentations of their business plans, with visions ranging from a non-profit urban farm, to an Atlantic sea-salt producer, to a value-added dairy goat operation, 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 offered 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 CFSA regional coordinator, Diana Vossbrinck for more information.  An application will be available by the end of the year.

Update from the Bread Flour Project

by Jennifer Lapidus, CFSA’s Organic Bread Flour Project Coordinator

Our pilot group of bakeries in WNC gathered to sample bread made from this year’s NC wheat harvest. Both modern and heritage wheat was baked into hearth loaves, pan loaves, focaccia, and pita. NuEast and Appalachian White grown at Looking Back Farms, Inc. in Tyner, NC, as well as Appalachian White grown at the Hofner’s farm in Salisbury were the modern varieties on display. Heritage varieties sampled were Red May– a soft wheat traditionally grown in the Carolinas, and Sonora; both were grown at Looking Back Farms, Inc.  The bread was delicious!

Carolina Ground, L3C is weeks away from turning on the mill! A window is being installed today to provide visitors with a view of this exquisite Austrian-built mill. Walls have been primed; fresh paint is soon to follow.

And harvest is being assessed: how much of what varieties are available? How much seed needs to be held back. How many varieties should be planted? Plans for right now, this fall, next June, and the following fall are being assessed, all at once.  We are this deep in. The challenges are real and tangible and daunting. And yet this simple loaf of bread– the concept of a local life– is clearly within reach.

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

Learning How to Improve Equity in Our Communities

On August 19, CFSA’s Shivaugn Rayl and Board President Barbara Lawrence attended a workshop on racial equity hosted by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Raleigh. Facilitators from the Center for Participatory Change (www.cpcwnc.org), The Soujourner Group, OZS Consulting, and OpenSource Leadership Strategies (www.opensourceleadership.com) provided participants with a common understanding of the history of racial inequity. They also shared a practical framework for addressing inequities as we see them today. Participants were invited to examine how their organizations’ work could contribute to improved racial and social equity in our communities. For more information on Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s commitment to social justice and equity, see their website: http://www.zsr.org/social_justice.htm.

> To better understand how you can work toward racial equity, contact any of the facilitators through the links above.

Welcome Laura Wurts, CFSA’s New Grants Manager

Laura joined CFSA in early August as the Grants Manager.  CFSA’s external funding from grants and foundations is rapidly increasing, and she has come aboard to provide full-time oversight and support for grant implementation, post-award compliance, and grant reporting.  She’ll be behind the scenes helping the CFSA initiatives run smoothly and keeping our grantors happy.

Laura has been working in the Triangle for four years managing grants for an international nonprofit.  “I’m excited to switch into the sustainable agriculture field and back to my roots,” says Laura.  Laura grew up in a farming community in rural Kentucky where her father was an aquaculture extension agent.  “It’s good to be working again to directly serve local communities – in the ways that matter most.  Great food is, of course, an additional perk!” she adds.

> Email Laura and welcome her to CFSA!


EXPERT TIP: When should I harvest my sweet potatoes?

by Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Organic Initiatives Coordinator


I grew my first sweet potatoes a few years back and come early fall the plants had taken over the field! Rather than harvesting them, I thought “if the plants are still green and photosynthesizing, the longer I leave them in the ground the more sweet potatoes I’ll have right?” Wrong, I ended up with the same number of sweet potatoes, only they were 12-15 pounds each and looked more like something out of a horror movie then a garden. As a matter of fact, students at the college I was working for decided to use some in their haunted house for Halloween.

Moral of the story, harvest your sweet potatoes according to the number of days to maturity specific for each variety.   Cure sweet potatoes by holding them for about 10 days at 80-85°F and high relative humidity (85-90 percent). If the temperature is closer to 65-75°F, the curing period should last 2-3 weeks. To achieve a high relative humidity, storage crates or boxes and cover them with paper or heavy cloth or store them in perforated plastic bags. Once cured, move them to a dark location with an average temperature of about 55-60°F.

CFSA Program Spotlight


Scholarship application deadline is this Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Scholarship program is designed to give new and beginning farmers and ranchers a low-cost opportunity to participate in Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s (CFSA) Sustainable Agriculture Conference Nov. 11-13, 2011 in Durham, NC .

To Apply for the Scholarship, please complete the scholarship application and email to Cheryl Ripperton Rettie. Please put Beginning Farmer Scholarship in the subject line of your email.

Download Scholarship Application (.pdf)

Download Scholarship Application (Word Document)

> Find all the details at: https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac11_support.shtml

CFSA’s EQIP Webpage Helps Farmers Apply For Conservation Grants (EQIP-OI)


Through the Organic Initiatives Program, CFSA has been working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in both North and South Carolina to assist in the implementation of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiatives (OI). This program provides cost share assistance for the implementation of conservation practices that address resource concerns on organic or transitioning agricultural lands.

> If you are interested in learning more about this program visit /eqip.shtml or contact Karen McSwain.

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!

New stories coming soon to – https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/blog/


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