At Home on the Road: Sustainable Agriculture Conference
News, tips, and notes all week from the Carolina Farm Stewardship event in Greenville, South Carolina
This week, Charlotte at Home is bringing you information from the 29th-annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, which promotes local, organic foods in North Carolina and South Carolina, is the event host.
The association is a member-driven nonprofit organization. Its mission includes "advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems that organic family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic farming." CFSA was established in 1979 and has more than 3,000 members. It is the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture organization in the Southeast. While 34 percent of its members are farms, 19 percent are home gardeners.
CFSA does quite a bit of work in and around the Charlotte area. Check out this member profile of Small City Farm, a half-acre urban farm operating within the city limits.
The conference starts this afternoon. With sessions on everything from seed saving, composting, agricultural and horticultural treasures, permaculture, addressing food access, cooking local, ecological pest management, and developing community-driven food systems, the conference is sure to produce plenty of tips and stories. Check back later in the week to see what we're learning.