Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a farmer-driven, membership-based non-profit whose mission is to help people in North and South Carolina grow and eat local, organic food. They fulfill this mission by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming. CFSA gives a voice to food and farm issues by representing its members before state and federal officials, championing changes to the laws that promote healthy food and farming and defending small farms from unfair rules and unscrupulous business practices.
For more than three decades, it has successfully united farmers, consumers and businesses to build a just, healthy food and farming future.
CFSA’s education program assists farmers in becoming USDA Organic and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certified, teaches them how to successfully grow produce in high tunnels and trains new and beginning farmers onsite in Concord, North Carolina, at the 31-acre Lomax Incu-bator Farm—a training-ground where beginning farmers can gain access to land and equipment to start their own farm business. Additionally, the association hosts an annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference, farm tours and regional work-shops.
CFSA has thousands of members in the Carolinas—from farmers and urban gardeners to foodies, locavores and activists—all working together to help people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic food.
If you are interested in learning more about CFSA, becoming a member or helping support and advocate for the interests of local, organic farms and farmers in the Carolinas, visit carolinafarm-stewards.org.
Story by Katie Welborn, SC Policy Coordinator