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Farmers: Chime in on Food Safety + Advocate for Climate Change ACTION

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CFSA's Grower's Toolbox
Dear Nahid,

As the days continue to get shorter and many of you have experienced a hard frost, I hope you are able to sit down with this month’s edition of the Grower’s Toolbox with a well-deserved warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Hopefully, you also have some time to finally reflect on the past growing season and can take pride in your accomplishments.

Our farm services team is also taking a moment to take pride in our 2019 accomplishments. Having conducted more than 45 workshops for over 750 attendees, provided one-on-one direct assistance to 135 North and South Carolina farmers, and hosted 1,000 sixth graders at Lomax over four days, 2019 has been busy, but rewarding.

With your support, CFSA can continue to provide needed services and support to North and South Carolina farmers. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to CFSA in your 2019 philanthropic efforts. Together, we can ensure a fair and sustainable food and farming future.

In addition to what’s below, we want you to know:



Karen McSwain, CFSA’s Associate Executive Director for Programs

Expert Tip: How to Build A Compost Bioreactor
What’s as important as adding nutrients to your soil through compost? Adding microorganisms to your soil to increase overall biological health and function. Compost made with the Johnson-Su Bioreactor ​is full of beneficial organisms that can restore life to degraded soil, aid in nutrient uptake for plants, build soil structure, improve soil water retention, and sequester carbon.

Late fall is a great time to build your reactor, so the compost will be ready to amend or inoculate your soil by next summer.