by Katie Murray, CFSA Development Coordinator | Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2020 –

Social distancing at the farmers market 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a climate of unpredictability and inconsistency for millions around the globe and farmers are no exception. Yet, amid all the uncertainty, many growers at small farms are discovering new opportunities. As the supply of produce, eggs, meat, and other staples dwindle at grocery stores across the country, consumers are turning to their local farmers to feed their families.

Last week, we spoke with a few farmers in the Triangle-region of North Carolina who are rising to the challenge as they quickly adapt their business models to keep up with the demand.

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by Rachel Clark, CFSA Development Director | Thursday, July 23, 2020 –

Shelly Stamper, Shell-Belle Farm posing on a truck at Lomax Farm

Since her introduction to CFSA’s Lomax Education & Research Farm in 2017, Shelly Stamper has been an integral part of the Lomax community. During her first year farming, Shelly leased land at Lomax and enrolled in the Farmer-in-Training (FiT) program. Her year as a FiT provided a low-risk, educational environment for Shelly to fully immerse herself in agriculture and start her own business surrounded by a supportive, experienced farming community.

Years later, Shelly owns and operates Shell-Belle Farm and still utilizes the greenhouse at Lomax. She currently plays an active role in several Lomax initiatives including those that are swiftly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We had the opportunity to virtually sit down with Shelly for an interview in April. 

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