Feb. 2021: What Farmers Need to Know (+ Lets Talk Carrots)

Here’s the top news for sustainable farmers in NC & SC

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Dear Nahid,

I had the opportunity to spend the day on a member’s farm last week, which happened to be one of the first farms I visited when I started working at CFSA. It was refreshing to be able to reconnect and engage with CFSA members in person, while socially distanced of course. We spent time talking about the challenges of farming, but we were also able to celebrate the successes.

As you gear up for this year’s season, CFSA is here to help you overcome challenges you might be facing. Check out our exciting list of upcoming webinars (below) or reach out to our Farm Services staff for technical assistance.



Karen McSwain, CFSA Associate Executive Director for Programs

P.S. “This Week at CFSA” is back and we’ve made tweaks!

  • Monthly themes
    • February – food access and hunger
    • March – how to buy local food
    • April – climate change
  • Taking Q&A from viewers that tune in during live broadcasts!
  • Posting recordings to YouTube (if you don’t do Instagram or Facebook)

Want to watch live? Follow us on Facebook and tune in on Fridays at 10 a.m.

Have you plateaued with your high tunnel production?
We Need Your Help Commenting on the FDA’s Unfair Recordkeeping Rule

When Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2010, it included dozens of provisions like the Tester Amendment that protect small farms and local foods from industrial-scale food safety regulations. Eleven years later, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing regulations on food traceability that would gut those protections, forcing small farms, food hubs, and local food entrepreneurs to waste precious time and money on meaningless paperwork.

The agency is taking public comments on its proposal through Feb. 22. A huge public response opposing the rule is essential to defeating FDA’s attempt to overthrow FSMA’s small farm protections.

Take action and submit your comment on this terrible rule today! Here’s how.

The deadline for comments is Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.