June 2021: What Farmers Need to Know

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

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Dear Nahid,

A question that we’ve been discussing as a staff is what is regenerative farming? Is it a buzzword or something more? The Counter published an article last month that focuses on the term regenerative, its many different meanings, and how the new use of an old term impacts agriculture today. From carbon farming to equity in the food system, give it a read to learn more about regenerative agriculture.


Gena Moore, CFSA Organic Research Coordinator

P.S. Want to come work with us?

We’re hiring a Local Produce Safety Coordinator! This position is responsible for delivering an innovative training program, in collaboration with external partners, to operators of diversified farms seeking food safety certification—specifically, the USDA GAPs and Harmonized GAP audits.

Considering organic certification?
Expert Tip: Profitability of Sprouting Broccoli
in High Tunnels
by Gena Moore, CFSA Organic Research Coordinator
Post-Harvest Station at Central Carolina Community College Student Farm (a CFSA member)

Many of us are in the thick of the growing season right now, and the heat is picking up! Wouldn’t it be nice to shift some of this production to the winter? That’s exactly what we’ve been looking at Lomax Farm, CFSA’s education and research farm.

Last fall, we started a research project with Cooperative Extension to demonstrate the growth and profitability of sprouting broccoli as a winter market option. We trialed three different varieties of sprouting broccoli in a caterpillar tunnel in Concord, NC. The crop was extremely low maintenance and high yielding from November through March, with an estimated gross income per square foot at $5!

If you’re interested in trading in this heat for some cool winter growing this year, check our fact sheet from the project!