CFSA's Grower's Toolbox
Dear Farmer,

Happy September, and National Food Safety Education Month. And in case you missed it, it is also National Honey Month and National Chicken Month! Because we're all about produce safety here at CFSA, we are sharing a number of useful food safety resources in this month's newsletter, so be sure to check them out! 

The fall is also a great time to start planning for next year. There are many software programs out there that can help you do that, and our fabulous Organic Research Coordinator often recommends AgPlan, a free business and farm planning resource created by the University of Minnesota. You can read more about the program below, and watch her interview with Curtis Mahnken to get more information on the benefits of AgPlan.  


Karen McSwain, CFSA Associate Executive Director for Programs

PS - Do you raise Thanksgiving turkeys? We'll share our annual blog post (one of our most widely-seen posts of the year) next month of which CFSA member-farms around NC and SC consumers can purchase a pasture-raised turkey from. Contact our membership coordinator to join, renew, or get the details!

SAC 2020: Early Bird Registration Is Open!

A Virtual Conference Experience with Real Connection and Learning
Join the 35th annual conference online from anywhere on your computer, tablet, or phone

CFSA's 35th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference is less than two months away, Nov. 4-8, 2020! And in the last week, we posted the list of workshops, speakers, and opened early bird registration. Here's how the virtual 2020 gathering is shaping up:
  • 50+ live-streamed workshops
  • 140+ speakers, including K. Rashid Nuri, Chef Njathi Kabui, Nancy Hayden, Julius Tillery, and Germaine Jenkins
  • It's not just a four-day webinar! In addition to workshops, you can:
    • Network: Interactive opportunities in themed breakout rooms and connecting in 1-on-1 or group chats with fellow attendees.
    • Grow Your Business: Product demos, virtual exhibit hall, and ask-the-expert during session breaks.
    • Fun Sessions: Morning yoga, happy hours, and a family costume party.
    • Share & Connect: There's a private social media feed just for SAC! Post photos, comments, and like discussion threads.
  • PLUS: Full access to the library of presentation recordings for a year! You don't have to choose. Attend as many workshops as you want and re-listen to your favorites.
And it's more affordable and accessible than ever before! Save your seat before early bird flies away on Oct. 16.
SAC 2020 Scholarships

We just put these up on our website, so you're some of the first to know that two scholarships are open to attend SAC 2020. Apply before Oct. 2.

William W. Dow Scholarship - for beginning and/or BIPOC farmers
FACT Scholarship - for livestock and poultry farmers

Expert Tip: AgPlan - A Business & Farm
Planning Resource

As we all know, starting, building, and managing a farm is no easy task. Developing or refining a business plan to effectively guide a growing farm enterprise, on top of regular farm work, can seem impossible. However, a business plan is an effective tool for farms. Not only can a business plan help guide the development of an enterprise (or multiple enterprises), it can also serve as a necessary tool when seeking business partners, employees, and even funding. Business planning does not need to be difficult. If you struggle to know where to start or want to improve your current plan, keep reading to learn about a free resource for farmers that we like: AgPlan.

Learn why we're singing AgPlan's praises in writing or watch our interview with Curtis Mahnken, Extension Economist with the Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota.

Happy Food Safety Education Month!

September is recognized as National Food Safety Education Month.

Foodborne illness is a preventable public health challenge that results in millions of illnesses each year in the U.S. The CDC estimates that each year, because of foodborne diseases:
  • 48 million people get sick
  • 128,000 are hospitalized
  •  3,000 die from foodborne diseases each year in the U.S.
Food Safety Magazine has a great list of food safety resources in how folks can play an active role in preventing foodborne illness all year long.

As far as on-farm food safety goes, our local produce safety coordinators (Chloe in NC and Kim in SC) can help farmers become GAP-certified.

Also, have you checked out our Food Safety Resource Hub? It's a robust food safety resource for producers that's full of tools and resources to help farmers navigate the science and complex laws related to the safety of fresh produce and value-added foods.

I Farm & I Care About the Climate = Letter Delivered

Earlier this year, we circulated a sign-on letter for farmers and farmworkers to send a powerful message to Congress that farmers need action now to combat climate change and make agriculture more resilient. 

While we'll let our blog post on the subject fully fill you in, we wanted to make sure that you saw that the farmer climate letter was delivered to Congress in late August.



Wednesday, Oct. 14 | Pembroke, NC

GAP 101 & SC Market Opportunities
Thursday, Oct. 15 | Johns Island, SC

2020 Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Sunday, Nov. 8 | Virtual

SC Produce Safety Rule Grower Training
Thursday, Nov. 12 | Virtual

CFSA logo

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is on a mission to bring local, organic food to your table from a farmer who shares your values – and we can’t do it without you. Together we are building a regional food system that is good for consumers, growers, and the land.
Copyright © 2020 Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails or sign up for our other eNewsletters, The Buzz or The Stew? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.