Farm & Food Business Development Consulting


As part of our Food Systems work, CFSA offers free business development services to qualified member farms and food businesses in North and South Carolina.

These services may include:

  • Feasibility Assessment
  • Business Planning/Development
  • Legal Structure Guidance
  • Capital Identification/Development
  • Market Channel Development
  • Product Sourcing

This service can offer guidance all along the food system, from organic/sustainable producers to food processors/manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, aggregators, packers, food retailers, and waste recovery companies.

Specific examples of the types of businesses which are eligible for this service include, but are not limited to:
  • Sustainable/Organic Farms
  • Maltsters
  • Breweries
  • Distilleries
  • Food retail stores
  • Food retail companies(ie jam, salsa, popsicle makers, etc…)
  • Food hubs
  • Farmers Markets
  • Incubator Kitchens
  • Restaurants
  • Butcher shops
  • Seed Cleaners
  • Compost/vermiculture



In order to receive business development services from CFSA, you MUST:

  • Be a current CFSA farm or business member (you do not need to be a member to apply)
If you are a food business – 
  • Your food business project MUST have the following:
    • Farmer engagement and support
    • Source raw products from sustainable producers in North and/or South Carolina
    • An outline for project development or for your business plan
    • At least one identified source of capital investment or funding
    • A vision for becoming a self-sustaining business within 3 to 5 years
  • Special consideration will be given to food business projects that:
    • Focus on infrastructure and supply-chain development in the Carolinas and beyond
    • Support certified organic producers
    • Include sustainable or certified organic producers on advisory councils, boards and/or as co-owners
If you are a farm business – 
  • Your farm business must:
    • Be located in North or South Carolinas
    • Use sustainable or organic practices



Thank you for your interest. The application period is currently closed.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, we urge you to submit an application for Food Systems Business Development Consulting Services.

Any documents referenced in the application should be submitted by email to Karen McSwain.



Email Karen McSwain, Farm Services and Food Systems Director, or call at 919-542-2402 ex.104


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