Cover crop cocktails + HUGE news for farmers affected by the hurricanes

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Dear Nahid,

Let’s kick this November edition off with some big news!

CFSA is leading a collaboration to help small, sustainable farms across the Carolinas battered by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

The Hurricane Relief Partnership for Carolina Sustainable Farms will provide these farms with affordable financing for hurricane recovery expenses, and access to business counseling to help them chart a path to financial stability in the aftermath of the deadly storms.

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We’re supporting the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIFund) to launch the RESEED Recovery Fund, which provides affordable loans to farmers in North and South Carolina that suffered losses due to Florence and Michael.

Want more info? Check out our post and press release about the RESEED program.

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In other news, it was amazing to have so many Carolina growers under one roof at the 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Conference a few weeks ago! Thanks to everyone who joined us. We hope you left feeling empowered and excited for the upcoming season.

Many conference workshops were dedicated to soil fertility and cover crops. This month, we’re taking that lead with our “Expert Tip,” where we explore cover crop mixes–why making your own cocktail may be well worth your time and money. We’re also sharing a research article on whether relay cropping can improve soil health without hurting yields, as well as a few grant opportunities.

But before you dive in, don’t miss that CFSA is hiring! We’re looking for a Market Access Coordinator to expand our wholesale and post-harvest services for growers. Applications are due Dec. 7, 2018.

May you all have a rich, plentiful, happy Thanksgiving!

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