Make Conservation & Organic Cert. $ Accessible + Should You Self-Audit?

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Dear Nahid,

More than halfway through summer, you’re likely doing the beautiful dance of balancing the height of your summer crops while rapidly readying your farm for fall. (Still pondering what to grow? See our article, Plan Now for Cold-Hardy Crops.)

While it can be a lot to take on one more thing, it’s always worthwhile to take some time to think about food safety on your farm. What improvements can be made to ensure you are providing customers with the highest quality of locally grown food?

This month’s expert tip provides valuable information on how a self-audit can be a useful tool in improving your operation and mitigating food safety risks. Learn how to assess what you are currently doing and how to identify where improvements can be made. Beyond that, we’re including information on how to make obtaining or continuing organic certification more financially accessible, an opportunity to weigh-in on Clemson Cooperative Extension’s strategic planning for the next five years, as well as how to get conservation improvements on your farm paid for.

93e88ce7-b767-4223-a67c-7e09f21717d4.pngBefore you get into all that, we are tickled to announce that registration is open for the 2018 Annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference, happening Nov. 9-11 in Durham, NC!

If you’re a numbers person: 1000, 64, 17, & 33.

  • 1,000 of your farmer friends will be there, spanning from beginning farmers and apprentices to elders who have been farming for decades.
  • 64 experts teaching 60 workshops on timely subjects.
  • 17 pre-conference intensives and bus tour farms.
  • 33 William W. Dow Scholarships to award.

While we’ll share more about the event in the months to come, we don’t want you to miss out on the members-only early bird pricing (save up to $110 now through Aug. 22), as well as the Dow Scholarship window (through Aug. 31) to provide new farmers with a low-cost opportunity to attend the conference.

Also, please help us spread the word that CFSA is currently hiring a Local Produce Safety Coordinator!



Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Director of Farm Services and Food Systems

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