eNews September 2014

In this edition:

CFSA NEWS

NEW Food Systems Consulting

CFSA’s On-going Support for Food Council Development

Introducing Our New Staff Members!

Visit us at Farm Aid

Organic Cost-Share Funds Available

CFSA Members Awarded USDA Value-Added Producer Grants

Jack Johnson Matches Your Donations!

Still Time to Send a Beginning Farmer to the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Conference by Giving to the William Dow Scholarship Fund

New from the Sweet Potato Blog!

 

CFSA RESOURCES

NEW RESOURCE – Food Safety Videos

CFSA Offers Direct Consulting to Farmers Pursuing Organic Certification

SC FARMERS: Thinking About Growing Organic?  CFSA Can Help.

Don’t Leave this Awesome Resource on the Table – Start the Process for your CAP 138 Plan TODAY!

 

 

TAKE ACTION

Want the latest scoop on farm and food issues?

Stay updated with our Action Alerts on Federal, North Carolina and/or South Carolina policy issues. If you haven’t already let us know what you’re interested in hearing about, tell us now: http://bit.ly/axnalerts

 

NEW RESOURCE – Questions for Candidates – A Voter’s Guide to Farm and Food Policy in the Carolinas

 

 

EXPERT TIP

On-farm Variety Trial Design Considerations, Part 1

Call for On-farm Variety Trial Results for New CFSA Publication

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Five Reasons Not to Miss CFSA’s 29th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Nov. 10-12 in Greenville, SC

Fun on the Farm on the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour
Sept. 20-21
1-5 PM Both days

Good Agricultural Practices Workshops
Yancey County Workshop Series
Sept. 24 and Oct. 1
9-4 PM both days

Resistance, an important documentary film about antibiotic resistance, is debuting across North Carolina September 7th – 10th.  

 

CFSA NEWS

NEW Food Systems Consulting

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The CFSA Food Systems team is now offering free consulting to a select number of Food Projects in North Carolina and South Carolina. 

2014 Applications must be submitted via email by 5:00 P.M., October 6, 2014.

 

CFSA has a proven track record of expanding the adoption of organic farming practices, increasing access to high-value markets for small-scale farms, and promoting food system reform.

Our team will work one-on-one with each project selected in order to launch and develop sustainable aggregation, processing, distribution and transportation businesses using raw or processed food products from sustainable producers in the Carolinas.

CFSA services include:

  • Feasibility Assessment
  • Market Channel Development
  • Business Planning Assistance
  • Investment/Lending Matching
  • Product Sourcing Assistance
  • Legal Structure Guidance

 

Learn more and Apply today

 

CFSA’s Ongoing Support for Food Council Development

beaufort2CFSA recently participated in a project in the Charlotte region called ‘CONNECT Our Future.’  CFSA, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) partnered with the Centralina Council of Governments and the Catawba Regional Council of Governments to support ‘CONNECT Our Future’, a three-year initiative funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. The ‘CONNECT Our Future,’ project, which is ongoing, aims to promote regional economic development, including the local and regional food system, in order to grow jobs, strengthen the economy, and improve quality of life in the Charlotte region. Our collaborative team worked on the food portion of this large, over-arching planning initiative.

The final document to come out of the food portion of this project is the CONNECT Our Future Framework For Ongoing Food System Collaboration. This tool is specifically designed for the Charlotte metropolitan region; however it includes resources for food system planning and food council development that are applicable across the Carolinas. Visit our website and download the document here.

Food council efforts are continuing to emerge across the Carolinas. CFSA recently became a partner with the CEFS on the Community Food Strategies initiative. This project is working to provide technical assistance and facilitation support for communities that are interested in forming community food councils. CFSA is currently providing support and assistance for food council efforts in Lincoln, Cleveland, Union, Beaufort, Durham, Orange and Davidson Counties in NC and Chester, Fairfield, Union, York and Lancaster Counties in SC. If you are interested in joining into these existing efforts, or if you are interested in starting a food council in your community, please contact Jared Cates, CFSA Community Mobilizer at jared@.

 

Introducing Our New Staff Members!

CFSA is excited to announce that we have hired Aaron Newton to continue operations of the Lomax Incubator Farm and Stephen Nix as our new SC Food Systems Coordinator. Meet Aaron and Stephen.

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We are pleased to introduce Stephen Nix as our new SC Food Systems Coordinator. Stephen grew up in rural SC and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Geology.  Stephen and his wife, Heather, currently reside near Travelers Rest, SC where they raise bees and broiler chickens, and grow seasonal vegetables. As a farm owner, Stephen brings the hands-on experience of a small-scale farmer to CFSA in addition to 17 years of experience as an environmental consultant.​

aaronAaron, the former farm manager at Lomax, is a local food advocate born and raised in Concord, NC.  In 2002, he returned to his hometown where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters.  His family owns and operates Peachtree Market, a small local foods-focused grocery store in downtown Concord. Aaron is the coauthor of A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil from New Society Publishers, 2009. Aaron earned a bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from the College of Design at North Carolina State University.  Aaron raises chickens in his backyard, practices yoga and rides a bike.

 

Visit us at Farm Aid

We are thrilled to be a part of Farm Aid 2014 as the legendary concert comes to Raleigh, NC on September 13, 2014. Visit us at Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village where we will be joined by other farm organizations celebrating farmers and our community from 12-6pm. In Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village, attendees have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health. We hope to see you there!

 

Organic Cost-Share Funds Available

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding for organic certification cost-share assistance for organic producers and handlers.  Payments for certification-related expenses incurred from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 can cover up to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification.

 

North Carolina received $212,600 and South Carolina received $41,200 from USDA to provide cost-share funds to certified farmers. Certified organic farmers interested in reimbursement for certifications conducted between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 should make sure to have their receipt from their certification agency, a complete W-9 form, and proof of certification ready to submit; applications should be available this week from SCDA and NCDA!

 

If you have questions, you may contact:

In North Carolina

Heather Barnes
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
P: (919) 707-3127
Email: heather.barnes@ncagr.gov

 

In South Carolina

Amy London
South Carolina Department of Agriculture
P: (803) 734-2235
Email: alondon@scda.sc.gov

 

 

CFSA Members Awarded USDA Value-Added Producer Grants

Congratulations to CFSA Members City Roots in Columbia, SC, Nooherooka Natural in Snow Hill, NC and Summerfield Farms in Summerfield, NC for their awards of USDA Value-added Producer Grants!

The Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program contributes to farmer-led job and business creation in rural areas, while enhancing food choices for consumers.  VAPG grants may be used to fund business and marketing plans and feasibility studies or to acquire working capital to operate a value-added business venture or alliance.

The 2014 grant awards totaled nearly $25 million.  The new 2014 Farm Bill also provides $63 million in mandatory funding for the program, which will be used in coming years to supplement the amount appropriated each year by Congress.

Check out their awards:

North Carolina Nooherooka Natural, LLC $40,000
Rural Development funds will be used to increase production of heritage
pork cuts and further‐processed meat products, and expand pork sales in
eastern and central NC through current and new distributor and customer
outlets.
North Carolina Summerfield Farms DFC, LLC $75,000
Rural Development funds will be used to conduct feasibility and economic
planning to differentiate exclusively grass‐fed cattle and increase profits
via a source‐traceable Quick‐Response barcode system on the meat label,
identify and merchandize specialty cuts and muscles in the carcass to
reach unique markets, and develop new product options utilizing the hide
and bones.
South Carolina City Roots, LLC $64,230
Rural Development funds will be used to expand its market for USDA
Organic Micro greens by paying labor costs, marketing and eligible
inventory supplies.

 

 

Jack Johnson Matches Your Donations!

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A big thanks to all of you who gave to our matching donation campaign in partnership with Jack Johnson’s charitable foundation.  We reached our $2500 goal with a few days to spare.  Jack is sending an additional $2500 in support of our work to build a regional food system that is good for growers, eaters and the land.  We couldn’t have done this without you!

 

Still Time to Send a Beginning Farmer to the 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Conference by Giving to the William Dow Scholarship Fund

The William W. Dow Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 2013 to allow beginning farmers the opportunity to attend CFSA’s annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference.  Thanks to an outpouring of support last year, CFSA was able to send 35 individuals to the conference free of charge.

The growth of the sustainable food movement is in no small part due to Bill’s innovative spirit, generous personality and commitment to sharing his knowledge with others.  Not only did he start North Carolina’s first certified organic farm, Bill helped found the Carrboro Farmers Market and was a long-time member of CFSA’s board of trustees.  When Bill unexpectedly passed away in 2012, the natural response was to honor his legacy by supporting the development of new farmers.

The Sustainable Agriculture Conference is in Greenville, SC on November 10 – 12 and we hope to provide this amazing opportunity to even more individuals this year.  Will you support the growth of sustainable and organic agriculture in the Carolinas by making a gift to the Dow Scholarship Fund this year? 

Give Online: http://bit.ly/1tu0PBk (make sure to select Dow Scholarship Fund in drop down menu)
Call CFSA: 919-542-2402
Or Mail a Check: CFSA, P.O. Box 448, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Thank you for supporting beginning farmers!

 

The Sweet Potato

Check out these great new stories on CFSA’s blog!

High Country photoCFSA Supports Successful Farm Tours
homestead harvestFun and Surprises on the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

 

 

CFSA RESOURCES

CFSA Offers Direct Consulting to Farmers Pursuing Organic Certification

Intimidated by the regulations and paperwork necessary for USDA Organic Certification?

As part of our Organic Carolina Initiative, CFSA offers FREE consultation services to a limited number of farmers applying for Organic Certification.

Requirements for Participation:

  • Up-to-date CFSA Membership status
  • Submission of a CFSA Organic Certification Consulting Application
  • Commitment to apply for organic certification in a timely manner

 

Consulting services that CFSA staff will offer:

  • Guidance in choosing a certifying agent
  • Q & A on NOP regulations relevant to your operation
  • Guidance in appropriate record keeping systems and farm maps
  • Careful review of your records & certification application materials

Learn more about our organic certification consulting program and apply today

 

CFSA Good Agricultural Practices Programs

NEW RESOURCE – GAPs Videos

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has launched a series of videos to supplement the “Good Agricultural Practices for Small Diversified Farms: Tips and Strategies to Reduce Risk and Pass an Audit” manual. This video series continues to document real-world examples of how small, diversified farms can employ these tips and strategies to meet GAP certification requirements.

WATCH THE VIDEOS!

 

MORE GREAT GAPs ASSISTANCE:

One-On-One Assistance

We will conduct a mock audit on your farm in order to identify potential risks and provide an assessment of your practices in relation to the GAPs certification matrix, as a final preparation for your USDA GAP audit. No Cost.

 

Cost Share Program*

We will assist you in paying for your GAP audit, up to $600.

To be eligible, you must be a current CFSA Member and must have participated in a GAP workshop offered through CFSA. Offered on a first come, first serve basis.

 

To learn more about these opportunities, visit https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/usda-gaps/

Or contact Trish Tripp at trish@ or 336-458-6980.

 

SC FARMERS: Thinking About Growing Organic?  CFSA Can Help.

keith-for-capNEW PROGRAM FOR SC FARMERS: As an extension of our work in Conservation Planning, a Farm Services staffer, Keith Baldwin, is available to provide on-farm consulting to farmers about opportunities to access cost share assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Organic Initiative.

The consultation involves an on-farm visit, a tour of the farm to assess natural resource concerns that can be addressed by NRCS conservation practices and a discussion of how the producer can access cost share funding to implement the identified practices on his or her farm. The farm visit normally takes about two hours and also provides an opportunity for discussion of organic production concerns on the farm. A written report will be made available to the producer outlining recommended conservation practices.

Some of the conservation practices applicable to organic farms that are available for cost share assistance include: nutrient management, cover cropping, mulching, forage and biomass planting, conservation cover (pollinator/beneficial habitat), hedgerow planting, field borders, prescribed grazing, pumping plants, wells, drip irrigation systems and seasonal high tunnels (among many more). For a description of some of the various conservation practices available for cost share assistance, visit the CFSA Farm Services webpage at https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/eqip-organic-initiative-conservation-practices-for-your-farm/.

The target audience for this project is transitioning and organic farmers; however, organic certification is not required for participation. There is no cost for this service to the producer, although membership in CFSA is highly encouraged. To participate in this opportunity or for more information, contact Keith Baldwin at either 919.302.3871 or keith@.

 

Don’t Leave this Awesome Resource on the Table – Start the Process for your CAP 138 Plan TODAY!

CFSA Now Has a Technical Service Provider Who Can Do Your CAP 138 AT NO COST*

*actually, you get money back!

 

sample-cap-slide-homepageWHAT IS A CAP 138?

A Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Supporting Organic Transition is a conservation plan outlining management practices that will assist producers/growers in the transition from conventional farming or ranching systems to an organic production system.

 

The Conservation Activity Plan Supporting Organic Transition will:

  •  Address Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) resource concerns for soil erosion and quality, water quality, and plant/animal health on the farm by developing a farm stewardship plan.
  • Develop the linkage between NRCS resource concerns and the National Organic Program (NOP) standards for organic farming.  This linkage is possible because NRCS and NOP share many of same concerns related to farming in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Assist the grower in developing their Organic System Plan (OSP) as defined in the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Standards.
  • Identify and provide detail for specific conservation practices, such as nutrient management, cover cropping, rotations, and pollinator habitat that are appropriate to the transitioning farm.  As a transitioning organic farmer, you are eligible for many of these conservation practices, which can be implemented with financial assistance from NRCS.

See if you qualify and download a sample CAP 138 Plan

 

 

TAKE ACTION

Want the latest scoop on farm and food issues?

Stay updated with our Action Alerts on Federal, North Carolina and/or South Carolina policy issues. If you haven’t already let us know what you’re interested in hearing about, tell us now: http://bit.ly/axnalerts

 

Questions for Candidates

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CFSA is excited to share a tool to help you to engage with candidates for public office during this fall’s election season. Questions For Candidates: A Voter’s Guide to Farm and Food Policy in the Carolinas provides guidance for individuals to interact with candidates for elected office about sustainable farming and community food systems. Questions for Candidates aims to get candidates and their communities thinking about farming, food security, community gardening, fracking, and food.

Public discourse about these issues is incredibly important to both increase awareness and to hold our elected officials accountable. Please use this guide to discuss food system issues at public debates, forums, town hall meetings, or when you run into candidates at the diner!

Questions or comments: please email Rochelle Sparko, CFSA Policy Director, at rochelle@, or Jared Cates, CFSA Community Mobilizer, at jared@.

 

EXPERT TIP

On-farm Variety Trial Design Considerations, Part 1

by Eric Soderholm, Organic Production Coordinator 

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When thumbing through the pages of a seed catalog there is a great deal of information to take in regarding how specific crop varieties might perform on your farm. The unfortunate reality is that there is not enough data available concerning which varieties are suited to the unique management techniques, regional conditions and market demands organic growers face here in the Carolinas. This can be particularly frustrating when working with companies that offer performance tips which are based on target regions entirely outside of our own. While a handful of noble advocates for regional seed systems have been making headway on this issue here in the southeastern US – working on conducting and sharing the results of replicated variety trials – the work ahead is still tremendous.  Bridging this information gap will require the concerted effort of a network of growers and researchers working collaboratively. Read on to get a very basic introduction to some of the design concepts of variety trials and to learn about how you can connect and share your experiences with CFSA and our network through an upcoming publication called the Seed and Variety Trial Report .

 

Variety trials are an important tool:

•             To assist you in determining which varieties perform best for your operation with a replicated and randomized trial, and

•             To share the results with the larger sustainable agriculture community so that other growers can make informed decisions when choosing varieties. We all benefit from our mutual work and exchange.
10559772_822599401129414_7510244609659787200_nFirst, let’s consider what constitutes a “true” variety trial. All of us make mental notes, or may even take the effort to write down observations, about crop varieties that seem to perform particularly well from season to season. This less formal process would be considered an observational trial (even if yield, disease frequency or other data is kept) and is often the first logical step in gathering information about what varieties you may want to include in a more regulated, planned variety trial where replication and randomization are critical elements. Replication refers to the practice of growing out multiple plots of each variety included in the trial so that the performance of a given variety is based on its genetics rather than differences in the environment (soil fertility, pH, drainage, etc.). Plots of equal size that represent each of the varieties are arranged into “blocks” in a randomly selected order. This is repeated so that the entire trial ideally consists of at least 3-4 blocks. You can either draw numbers from a hat or use a computer-/calculator- based random number generator to decide the plot order for each block.

 

Ideally, each block of plots should be as square shaped as possible, rather than one long row to reduce the variability in soil (texture, drainage, pH, etc) that can occur naturally across a field. Each block does not necessarily need to be side-by-side or even in the same field. The most important factor is that each block have conditions that are as uniform as possible. For example, if you once had manure piled in an area of a particular field where crops grow more vigorously, it would not be ideal for any of your trial blocks to be partially within this area and partially outside. Likewise, if you have portions of a field that dry out more quickly than the surrounding area, it would be best to avoid placing a block across these noticeably different field conditions. It is best to avoid areas that are along field edges or tree lines where growing conditions can vary dramatically just a few feet into a field.

 

Conducting a “true” and statistically meaningful variety trial on your farm will require extra time, considerable attention to detail and thoughtful management to be certain that the results are useful and not skewed by inconsistencies in field treatments. During the course of a proper variety trial all management practices should remain constant across all plots. These include the transplant seeding date, the potting media used and the amount of water and fertilizer flats receive. The same applies to all field practices. ALL plots are treated equally.

Practices may include (but not limited to):

•             transplanting date

•             amount and frequency of irrigation

•             fertilizer application rate and timing

•             fertilizer type

•             pesticide inputs and timing

•             cultivation/weeding

 

Plan accordingly. Make sure that you have enough time in a day, for example, to weed all the plots with the same thoroughness. Something as simple as a difference of one or two days could “skew the data” come evaluation time.

 

For an extremely informative description of designing, conducting, and evaluating on-farm variety trials, check out this publication from the Organic Seed Alliance:

 

On-farm Variety Trials: A Guide for Organic Vegetable, Herb and Flower Producers

https://seedalliance.org/publications#publication_category_title_13

 

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Check out Redbud Farm, Certified Organic, as they plant 960 broccoli plants at their Alamance County, NC farm as part of our organic broccoli variety trial.

 

Call for On-farm Variety Trial Results for New CFSA Publication

If you have already been active in conducting either observational trials or more formal variety trials on your farm this past season or earlier, CFSA is very interested in what you have found. We will be sending out a call in the coming weeks for growers and researchers to share the results of their trials in our Seed and Variety Trial Report, which will be published on our website and available as a free resource at the end of the year.  In the meantime, we are collecting contact information for those that may consider contributing.

 

Please contact Eric Soderholm so that he can follow up on your important work and speak with you about the details of this project. eric@

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Five Reasons Not to Miss CFSA’s 29th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Nov. 10-12 in Greenville, SC

Keynote Mark Shepard: 

You won’t want to miss this year’s keynote speaker, Mark Shepard, the author of Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers. He is the owner and farmer at New Forest Farm in Viola, Wisconsin, one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the country.  New Forest was a 106-acre row-crop farm that Mark converted to a profitable permaculture masterpiece featuring fruit and nut trees, mushroom logs, pigs, cattle, and produce.  The entire farm is run on solar and wind energy, and the farm equipment is run on local biodiesel.

Unparalleled Networking:  CFSA’s annual conference has long been established as a place where like-minded farmers and food advocates get together and find new ways to collaborate.  Whether you are a beginning farmer looking to make connections with the local ag community, or a tenured leader in the sustainable foods movement, the Sustainable Ag Conference is an unparalleled opportunity to be a part of the conversation and shape the discourse for the year to come.

Fifty-Five Workshops!:  We have 10 workshop tracks featuring a dynamic lineup of regionally and nationally renowned speakers.  Check out the complete workshop schedule.

Opportunities to Dig Deeper with Pre-Conference Intensives:   Spend the day with Greg Judy, iconic Mob Grazing expert, at Greenbrier Farm’s 300-acre farm;  explore the mushroom farm and research facility Mushroom Mountain with the popular mycologist Tradd Cotter; learn about biodynamic farming from one of the nation’s leading experts, Hugh Lovel; or become a chicken expert by attending Jim Adkins –founder of the Sustainable Poultry Network—Slow Poultry class.  There are ten additional pre-conference intensives to choose from!  Check out our website for details and to register.  Preconference intensives frequently sell out.

 

The Food, the Glorious Food!:

Consistent with our mission of  helping people in the Carolinas grow and eat organic, local food, CFSA hires a Food Coordinator to collaborate with our conference venue each year to source fresh, local, sustainably-grown food.  This year we are pleased to be working again with conference Food Coordinator veteran, Kris Reid, Executive Chef of Southminster, who was once called the “Joan of Arc” of the “local food crusade.”  The result is a learning and networking filled conference punctuated by good-from-the-ground-up meals you may just find yourself attempting to recreate in your own kitchen.

 

Meals, Pre-conference intensives, tours and off-site learning will sell out. register-now

 

Fun on the Farm on the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour

Sept. 20-21
1-5 PM Both days
ETFT-2014-2Join us for the 9th Annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour on September 20-21, from 1pm-5pm on both days!  The tour features urban farms, a goat cheese dairy, lots of friendly Animal Welfare Approved livestock and gorgeous late-summer, organic vegetables, plus honeybee hives, a petting zoo, hayrides, chicken tractors, and more!

 

The tour is perfect for families, farm-loving kids, gardeners, aspiring farmers, animal lovers, and local food fans.  Don’t miss this behind-the-scenes look at 27 sustainable farms in Durham, Wake, Franklin, Granville and Person counties –including many returning popular farm stops, as well as 9 incredible new farms. Learn about farming in the city at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Urban Farm, located in a food desert in Southeast Raleigh, at MamaSprings, a family-run urban farm located in East Durham, and at LL Urban Farm in Raleigh where they grow tomatoes and lettuce hydroponically. See the amazing farm animals at In Theory Farm where they raise Oberhasli dairy goats, Jersey cows, pastured poultry and pigs. Check out the heritage breed ducklings, chicks and fainting goats at Chickcharney Farm where they also produce shiitake mushrooms and vegetables. Or, visit Turtle Mist Farm and meet their sheep, cattle, pigs, pastured poultry, rabbits and draft horses. They also have a small market garden and a hay wagon ride and pony rides will be available. At Laurel Branch Gardens, you’ll learn how they grow a diversity of vegetables and fruits year-round and tend 140 layer hens rotated on pasture. Visitors to DoubleT Farm will see their beautiful, organically managed mixed vegetable farm. Finally, Walk Ahead Farms showcases how a family homestead became a fully- operating, family farm.

 

And don’t forget all the wonderful farms that are the tour year after year! Vollmer farm will be hosting the opening weekend of their Back 40, a 40 acre playground with fun for kids of all ages. Some farms will have tasty food options like Prodigal Farm, serving up cabrito tacos with goat cheese, or Melvins herb Garden where you can participate in chive oil and homemade ginger ale demos. You can also try delicious Bull City Farm Bratwurst and Burgers, or sample the many options at Green Button Farm (including JA’s wood pit BBQ, and vegetarian options).

 

Tickets are just $25 per car for the entire weekend when purchased in advance ($30 on farm).  Purchase your tickets at the Raleigh, Cary, Durham or Chapel Hill Whole foods or online at www.carolinafarmstewards.org/etft.

 

The tour is self-guided and farms and sites are located throughout the Eastern Triangle. Visit any farm in any order.

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Good Agricultural Practices Workshops

This two-part Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop series will address how farmers of all sizes can achieve USDA GAPs certification, deliver information on principles of fresh produce safety and on-farm hazard assessment, as well as provide assistance with creating a fresh produce farm safety plan.  Lunch is included with both workshops.

 

Yancey County Workshop Series

Sept. 24 and Oct. 1

9-4 PM both days

 

Details and to register: https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/two-part-workshop-gaps-workshop-series-yancey-co/

 

Resistance

Resistance, an important documentary film about antibiotic resistance, is debuting across North Carolina September 7th – 10th.  Screenings followed by conversations with local experts are scheduled for Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Durham.  The film uses personal stories and expert insights to delve into the history of antibiotic resistance and the recent development of superbugs.  CFSA is one of several groups sponsoring the film series.

 

Sunday, Sept.7th: 6:30pm-9pm at Jubilee/Asheville

Monday, Sept.8th: 6:30pm- 9:00pm at UNC Charlotte City Center/Charlotte

Tuesday, Sept.9th: 6:30pm- 9:00pm at Reynolds Place/Winston-Salem:

Wednesday, Sept. 10th: 6:30pm-9:00pm at PSI Theater at the Durham Arts Council/Durham

 

More information about the film at http://www.resistancethefilm.com/

 

For More Farm and Food Events in the Carolinas, visit our Events Calendar

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