CFSA's Grower's Toolbox
Dear Nahid,

We're excited about new opportunities this year. Our hope is that 2022 will bring success to your farms, health to our communities, and much more in-person training and hands-on learning. Keep an eye on our events board for upcoming workshops and field days!

While this year will bring many great opportunities here in the Carolinas, it also brings the potential for a new invasive species: the spotted lanternfly. Check out our Expert Tip below to learn more about the insect and how you can help.


Gena Moore, CFSA Organic Research Coordinator
Concord, North Carolina

How can you improve your farm's efficiency?
(Expert Tip) Be On the Lookout for Spotted Lanternfly

This year the Carolinas will be on guard for a new pest: the spotted lanternfly.  

This invasive species was unintentionally brought to the U.S. in 2014 and has continued to spread, establishing breeding populations up in many eastern states. A few adult lanternflies were found in North Carolina in 2021. NCDA is preparing for the potential expansion of the species.  

There are still many unknowns about how this invasive species will impact our environment and ecosystems.  I encourage each of you to read our guest expert tip by Dr. Nancy Power and help with the detection and control of spotted lanternfly.

Photo credit: Lawrence Barringer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,
Apply for Our 2022 Financial Benchmarking Study

Are you a farmer in North or South Carolina who owns or manages a diversified vegetable farm that is certified organic, uses organic production practices but are not certified, or uses sustainable production practices?

Consider applying for our 
2022 Diversified Vegetable Financial Benchmarking Study in collaborating with Pasa Sustainable Agriculture. Why?
  • Farmer participants will receive detailed individual benchmarking reports comparing their farm to similar farms in the Carolinas.
  • If their farm business is underperforming compared to similar farm businesses, they can learn what other farmers are doing to achieve greater success.
  • Financial benchmarks also provide valuable information on typical returns from entering new markets.
  • Each farm’s data will be kept strictly confidential. Only general trends will be shared with other program participants.
Applications close on Feb. 18, 2022. For more information, see our blog post.
NEW: A High Tunnel Farming Guide
North and South Carolina have largely depended on adapted information from other states when it comes to high tunnel production.  

We are excited to announce that we finally have a high tunnel guide to serve farmers in our area! Through the hard work of Dr. Sanjun Gu at N.C. A&T University and many others, there's now a FREE publication for growers in our region called High Tunnel Farming.

Want a copy? Please contact:
  • Your local extension agent
  • CFSA's high tunnel expert, Gena Moore, at
USDA Introduces New Insurance Policy for Farmers Who Sell Locally
Agricultural producers with small-scale farms who sell locally can now get simplified insurance coverage through a new policy designed for their needs. The USDA developed the new Micro Farm policy, which simplifies recordkeeping and covers post-production costs like washing and value-added products.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) created this new policy based on research directed by the 2018 Farm Bill, and it includes feedback from producers who grow for their local communities. Micro Farm is offered through Whole-Farm Revenue Protection and will be available for the 2022 crop year. 

Eligibility: The Micro Farm policy is available to producers who have a farm operation that earns an average allowable revenue of $100,000 or less, or for carryover insureds, an average allowable revenue of $125,000 or less. The increase in allowable revenue for a carry-over insured will allow for some farm growth in subsequent years before they become ineligible for the program.

For more information, check out USDA's fact sheet on the Micro Farm Program.
2021 Conference: Recordings Pass Now Available!
Did you miss the Sustainable Agriculture Conference in November? We just made the SAC Recording Access Pass available!

For $0.62 per recording, you can now purchase the pass and gain access to more than 75 recordings through Mar. 1, 2022. It includes:
Pricing:  $80-$120 (varies for students, veterans, and CFSA members)

Get a Recordings Pass!
Upcoming Events
from CFSA's events calendar
Jan. 21 | Virtual

Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
Jan. 27 | West Columbia, SC

Carolina High Tunnel Meetup
Feb. 8 | Virtual

Navigating the GAP Audit - Part 1
Feb. 21 | Virtual

Navigating the GAP Audit - Part 2
Feb. 21 | Virtual

Navigating the GAP Audit - Part 3
Feb. 21 | Virtual

Navigating the GAP Audit - Part 4
Feb. 21 | Virtual

High Tunnel Purchasing & Construction
Mar. 2 | Concord, NC

Navigating the GAP Audit - Part 5
Mar. 7 | Virtual

Carolina High Tunnel Meetup
Mar. 8 | Virtual

Good Manufacturing Practices for Small-Scale Farms & Food Businesses Making Low-Risk Foods
Mar. 11 | Virtual

Want on-site food safety training for your farm?
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