What We Do

2019 CFSA Staff & Board

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is a farmer-driven, membership-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic food by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building systems that family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic agriculture

Our key program areas are:

Founded in 1979, we are the oldest and largest sustainable agriculture organization in the Southeast. For 42 years, we have successfully united farmers, consumers, and businesses to build a just, healthy food and farming future.


Our Members

Members are the heart and voice of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

CFSA has thousands of members in the Carolinas — farmers, urban gardeners, local businesses and non-profit organizations, government agencies, foodies, activists, health nuts, and locavores — all working together to help people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic food. Learn More

CFSA’s Statement on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

We affirm that racial equity – an understanding and acknowledgment of historical and ongoing racial inequities and a commitment to actions challenging those inequities – is a core tenet of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s outlook.

We affirm that racial equity will be embedded in CFSA’s structure, programs, and policy development and advocacy.

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CFSA’s Annual Awards

Every year at our Sustainable Agriculture Conference, CFSA recognizes sustainable agriculture award recipients. The awards honor institutions and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sustainable food movement in North and South Carolina and have helped make the Carolinas one of the fastest growing sustainable agricultural sectors in the country.

Who are these movers and shakers? See who has been honored.

Impact Reports

Over the last decade, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) has provided programs to build a healthy, just, sustainable food and farming system by addressing challenges like the loss of farmers and farmland; the need for research and resources tailored to help family farmers thrive; the struggle to maintain the integrity of sustainable agriculture in the face of greenwashing and profiteering; and the necessity of empowering people to control decisions about their community’s food supply.

We’re pleased to share with you these Impact Reports which illustrate CFSA’s work through the stories and statistics of the people we serve. We hope it inspires you to find more that you can do to join our work!

CFSA's 2020 Impact Report CFSA's 2019 Impact Report CFSA's 2018 Impact Report CFSA's 2017 Impact Report CFSA's 2016 Impact Report