Yearly Archives: 2011

24 posts

Townsend Shuts Down NC Plant

A week and a half ago, Ukrainian buyer of Townsend announced that it was closing its two North Carolina processing plants. More than 150 North Carolina poultry farmers learned that their contracts will be terminated in 60 days.

What We Did on Our Summer Vacation

Much like the farmers laboring in our community and beyond, RAFI has been hard at work during this late-spring and early-summer season. Our fingernails are not as dirty as those of the farmers we work with, a continuing disappointment to RAFI staff, but we are still proud of our recent accomplishments. The RAFI harvest: markets, […]

How & Why to Get a Farm Number

The US Department of Agriculture’s farm programs are administered on the local level through county-based Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. The FSA provides and administers farm loans, crop insurance, and disaster assistance compensation. You must register your farm with the FSA to be eligible for any of these programs.

A Visit to Harold Wright’s Farm

Last week, I traveled to Bladen county to document farmer Harold Wright’s grant project– a pastured poultry production expansion. I was amazed at how sandy the soil is, so close to the coast in southern North Carolina, compared to the red clay soil where I’m living. Harold and his family run Happy Land Farm.

Food Justice Certification Gains Momentum: Certifiers and Farm Worker Representatives Complete Training and Qualifying Exam

The Agricultural Justice Project proudly announces the awarding of certificates to representatives of four organic certification agencies and four farm worker organizations who successfully completed a 3-day training on the requirements for the Food Justice Certified label. Twenty one people took part in the training May 3 – 5, 2011, in Eugene, Oregon, which included formal presentations on AJP standards and policies, and three practice inspections on area farms and a business.

Thinking About Leasing Your Gas Rights? – Information for NC Landowners

Event contact: Sam Groce, 919-542-8202 July 19, 2011 6:30-8:30 pm Agriculture Building Auditorium, Pittsboro, NC With the arrival of natural gas leases in Chatham County, landowners should acquaint themselves with how to critically assess mineral rights contracts and understand the potential impacts of drilling on agricultural fields, water resources, timber, and personal property.  Topics of discussion […]

The Farmers’ Hands

When I began documenting the Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund projects of innovative farmers for RAFI-USA this fall, I knew I wanted to take portraits of the farmers’ hands. Hands – just as faces, I think – tell stories.