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Do you know what a
CSA is?

The Southern Piedmont Farm School started this week, and it is going to be one of the best yet! Teaching new and transitioning farmers to become better stewards is a great opportunity. Most of the students will either decide farming is not for them or will become a great farmer. Farming is tough and with most of the population being five to six generations off the farm, it can be hard for them to relate to the farmers. I thought for this week’s article, I would talk about a type of marketing strategy that new and more seasoned farmers are using to help increase their market. It can be misunderstood but hopefully with a little explanation, the benefits will be clear! A frequent question I get while working in local food is, “What is a CSA?” CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Once I say that, most people are still confused as to what it means. If you purchase a share of a CSA, it is almost like buying stocks, but there is a more immediate return on the investment. You are purchasing a stock or investment into the growing season of the farm. If the season is good, you will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest. If the season is bad, you are sharing the loss with the farmer. Usually, this investment has high returns with little risk, but you are still taking a risk nonetheless. Usually CSAs last a few weeks. I once helped start one that ran for 18 weeks, providing lots of produce to those who bought a share. Some are shorter, and some can go longer than 32 weeks. It depends on the need of the clients. Most of the shares are either delivered or picked up at a meeting site. The share boxes have a variety of four to seven crops and the amount varies on the type of share you purchase. Shares are usually divided into boxes for a family of 2 or 4. Farms are also becoming more diversified so they can provide lots of options and some can create custom boxes to fit the needs of the family. Some of the CSAs I have worked with over the years have branched out to offer more options by adding locally made/sourced breads and baked goods, soups, jams & jellies, soaps, lotions, honey, eggs, and meat. There is even a seafood CSA! Rowan County has a few farms that provide CSAs or they could be called something different but are very similar. Some of the farms that have their own CSA are Two Pigs Farm, Patterson Farms, Red Barn Market (Correll Farm), and Third Creek Cottage Gardens. Most are gearing up for this year’s season and have not yet finished their latest brochures but if you are interested in a CSA share, contact: Two Pigs Farm Owners: Chase & Yorke Reynolds Email: twopigsfarm@gmail.com Patterson Farm Phone: 704-636-4005 Email: tours@pattersonfarminc.com Website: www.pattersonfarminc.com Red Barn Market (Correll Farm) Old fashioned home delivery! Owners: David & Cheryl Correll Email: correllfarm@yahoo.com Third Creek Cottage Gardens Owners: Bevin & Troy Fink Email: thirdcreekcottagegardens@yahoo.com If you would like to learn more about CSAs, the Southern Piedmont Farm School, or gardening/farming in general, contact your local Cooperative Extension Agent, Danelle Cutting, at 704-216-8970.

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Correll2 (1)

Do you know what a
CSA is?

The Southern Piedmont Farm School started this week, and it is going to be one of the best yet! Teaching new and transitioning farmers to become better stewards is a great opportunity. Most of the students will either decide farming is not for them or will become a great farmer. Farming is tough and with most of the population being five to six generations off the farm, it can be hard for them to relate to the farmers. I thought for this week’s article, I would talk about a type of marketing strategy that new and more seasoned farmers are using to help increase their market. It can be misunderstood but hopefully with a little explanation, the benefits will be clear! A frequent question I get while working in local food is, “What is a CSA?” CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Once I say that, most people are still confused as to what it means. If you purchase a share of a CSA, it is almost like buying stocks, but there is a more immediate return on the investment. You are purchasing a stock or investment into the growing season of the farm. If the season is good, you will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest. If the season is bad, you are sharing the loss with the farmer. Usually, this investment has high returns with little risk, but you are still taking a risk nonetheless. Usually CSAs last a few weeks. I once helped start one that ran for 18 weeks, providing lots of produce to those who bought a share. Some are shorter, and some can go longer than 32 weeks. It depends on the need of the clients. Most of the shares are either delivered or picked up at a meeting site. The share boxes have a variety of four to seven crops and the amount varies on the type of share you purchase. Shares are usually divided into boxes for a family of 2 or 4. Farms are also becoming more diversified so they can provide lots of options and some can create custom boxes to fit the needs of the family. Some of the CSAs I have worked with over the years have branched out to offer more options by adding locally made/sourced breads and baked goods, soups, jams & jellies, soaps, lotions, honey, eggs, and meat. There is even a seafood CSA! Rowan County has a few farms that provide CSAs or they could be called something different but are very similar. Some of the farms that have their own CSA are Two Pigs Farm, Patterson Farms, Red Barn Market (Correll Farm), and Third Creek Cottage Gardens. Most are gearing up for this year’s season and have not yet finished their latest brochures but if you are interested in a CSA share, contact: Two Pigs Farm Owners: Chase & Yorke Reynolds Email: twopigsfarm@gmail.com Patterson Farm Phone: 704-636-4005 Email: tours@pattersonfarminc.com Website: www.pattersonfarminc.com Red Barn Market (Correll Farm) Old fashioned home delivery! Owners: David & Cheryl Correll Email: correllfarm@yahoo.com Third Creek Cottage Gardens Owners: Bevin & Troy Fink Email: thirdcreekcottagegardens@yahoo.com If you would like to learn more about CSAs, the Southern Piedmont Farm School, or gardening/farming in general, contact your local Cooperative Extension Agent, Danelle Cutting, at 704-216-8970.

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Food Processing and Manufacturing Initiative

Food Processing and
Manufacturing Initiative

NC food processing and manufacturing initiative feasiblity study released The agricultural resources, industrial capacity and research innovation assets present in North Carolina create opportunities to catalyze development of value-added food processing and manufacturing businesses, according to a joint NC State-NCDA&CS economic feasibity study released Jan. 12. One page summary of the Initiative View the Full Report

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Plant Sciences Initiative Study Report

Plant Sciences
Initiative

Plant sciences initiative could spark NC economic growth, study finds A new economic study, released Jan. 12, shows that North Carolina has an opportunity to be the global hub for advanced plant sciences research and for the application of that research to expanding agricultural productivity. One page summary of the Initiative  View the Report

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Rowan County
Staff

Rowan County Center gives our county's residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Crop and Animal
Science

Most ethnic holidays change from year to year (even Christian Easter) with the exception of Christmas. This article describes what various ethnic groups like to buy for their holiday festivities; at the end, I have included a table with the various holidays from 2014 until 2018. Ethnic Holidays 2014-2018 -       Foot scald typically happens in grazing animals and is typically associated with spring dew and wet conditions. Foot Scald -       Coccidia will affect kids when stressed, and weaning is a stressful period. ANS 09-616MG Coccidiosis -     Do  not to wait until 6, 10, or more animals die to call extension for help or to bring a dead animal in for necropsy. I still occasionally receive such calls, which really is a pity. ANS 06-613MG Herd Animal Death Problems/ANS 09 614MG Enterotoxemia

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Pastured ducklings. Photo by Debbie Roos.

Register Now for Small Flock Workshop February 5 popular

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, in partnership with The Livestock Conservancy, the NCDA&CS, and the NCSU Prestage Department of Poultry Science, will conduct their Annual Area Small Flock Seminar on Thursday February 5 at the McSwain Extension Education MORE » – from   Growing Small Farms

Third Creek (1)

Do you know what a CSA is?

The Southern Piedmont Farm School started this week, and it is going to be one of the best yet! Teaching new and transitioning farmers to become better stewards is a great opportunity. Most MORE »

Cards made by the students of Mrs. Laura Lindley

Millbridge Elementary

Millbridge Elementary Teaching the fifth graders in Mrs. Laura Lindley’s class at Millbridge Elementary has been very rewarding the past couple of months. The children have been exceptionally interested and have always wanted MORE »

Amie Baudoin from Morgan Ridge Vineyards shows the class of 2014 Piedmont Farm School the different varieties of grapes and how she helped start the vineyard.

2014 Piedmont Farm School Class

2014 Piedmont Farm School Class Last week wrapped up the final 2014 Piedmont Farm School class. I have to say that it was an amazing finale for the 2014 graduates. If you have MORE »

Color wheel made in the program by using plant materials from the Cooperative Extension office

Junior Master Gardeners

Junior Master Gardeners I know most of my readers have heard of Extension Master Gardeners, but I wonder how many have heard of Junior Master Gardeners? Junior Master Gardeners is a youth gardening MORE »

Low tunnel at Sacred Heart growing leafy greens

Keep your Gardens Growing

Keep your Gardens Growing Would you like to keep your gardens growing throughout the year? Of course! Most of us want to, but we either don’t know how to do it or we MORE »

The winter squash trial at the Piedmont Research Station. Extension Master Gardeners are pictured helping harvest the squash.

Workshops

Workshops When we receive a new client, they always ask about the activities and programs we have throughout the year. During October, we have tons of programs and activities! All of the activities MORE »

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Piedmont Farm School

The Piedmont Farm School is a 7-month educational program that trains beginning and transitioning farmers with a strong commitment to operate successful small-scale, sustainable farms.  The school offers seven business-planning seminars, which will MORE » – from   Forsyth County Center

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