🌱 June 2020: What Farmers Need to Know

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CFSA's Grower's Toolbox
Dear Nahid,

Given the drastic changes in current market conditions, you have probably had to change this year’s production management plan a number of times (and probably very quickly).

While it is understandable that you might have put soil health management plans on the back burner, it is never too late to consider how your management in the field or high tunnel can affect soil health on your farm, which has far-reaching impacts on both soil conservation and crop health. In this Growers Toolbox, we’ll address five management priorities for growers in the Southeast that encourage soil health, with better crop health and productivity an important long-term goal, that hopefully, you can work into your farm this or next season.



Karen McSwain, CFSA Associate Executive Director for Programs

Charlotte-Area Farmers: Need A Pickup Site for Your Customers?

Our farm in Concord, NC, is offering a new service to help address challenges brought on by COVID-19. Lomax Research & Education Farm is now a pickup location for area farms offering CSAs and/or online sales that don’t already have one.

If you farm in the counties of Cabarrus, Union, Stanly, Mecklenburg, Rowan, or Iredell, and want to use Lomax as a customer pickup site, email us.

We’d love to help and already have the infrastructure to aid farmers in giving their customers a safe pickup experience.

Survey Results: How COVID-19 Is Affecting Local Farms


The COVID-19 emergency has caused massive economic dislocations for food and agricultural producers in the United States, and small and medium-sized farms selling in local food markets are no exception.

As many of you know, CFSA conducted a survey of local farms in the Carolinas to quantify those impacts. The survey was conducted through the CFSA website between April 10 and May 5, 2020, as the spring growing season was getting fully underway and stay-at-home orders were in place for nonessential workers in both North and South Carolina. The results show that small and mid-scale farms selling in local food markets are suffering greatly.

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