Oct. 2019 🐝 Food & Farming Policy News (+ SAC19 last chance to save!)

Farm to School in NC, Disaster Relief for SC Farmers |

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Dear Rebecca,

Despite a few days of much-needed showers here in the Midlands of South Carolina, worsening drought conditions continue to make things difficult for farmers in the Carolinas.

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Last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor updated its maps for South Carolina, with nearly thirty percent of the state in “severe drought” conditions. Conditions are similarly rough throughout most of North Carolina. With many farmers still hurting from the last few hurricane seasons as well, there is some good news on the horizon.

As highlighted in the Post and Courier (see below), farmers affected by hurricanes, floods, and more are now eligible to apply for federal disaster funds through the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity program. Details have been few and far between until recently, and at long last, we’ve finally got some answers.

For those interested in the state of ongoing farm-to-school efforts in North Carolina, don’t miss Jared’s terrific write-up on recent NC Farm to School Summit. Momentum seems to be building, and the incredible work happening throughout the state is nothing short of inspiring.

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All the best,
Matt

Matt Kneece, CFSA SC Policy Coordinator

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PS – Our sale ends this Friday! So if you are still thinking about joining us for SAC, the time is now. Members save up to $125.

In addition to our policy team leading several workshops and the Lead Locally pre-conference training (see below), there are many other regional and national activists presenting. Activists are a critical seat at the sustainable farming table. Will we see you there?

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After Friday, prices will jump up and all tickets will need to be purchased on-site

a4c5bbc6-4e53-48b2-8643-6cdb8a8342ea.pngWhat are your thoughts on attending the Lead Locally intensive by CFSA’s Policy Team?

“I am thankful and appreciative of the opportunity to attend the 2017 Leadership Development pre-conference. The two-day conference was very informative and truly relevant to my work here in our under-served and marginalized communities of Bladen and Columbus Counties. I left motivated and excited.

“Since then I have been selected Rural Leader of the Year for 2018 by the NC Rural Center. I’m also on the ballot as a candidate for the Sandyfield town council in November 2019. I’ve gained great confidence in my leadership abilities and have an awesome network of rural peers that support my work.

– Randolph Keaton, 2017 workshop graduate, Director of Men & Women United for Youth and Families

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

What’s it like to operate an urban farm in one of the worst food deserts in South Carolina?

Germaine Jenkins is prepared to give you a glimpse. She founded Fresh Future Farm, a nonprofit urban farm and grocery store in North Charleston, SC, to address the health, wealth, and quality of life disparities in her community.

The above trailer gives a glimpse of Germaine’s incredible work in the upcoming documentary, Rooted.