Monthly Archives: July 2015

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3rd Annual Crop Hop Set for September 13, 2015

The 3rd Annual Crop Hop will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Pittsboro Roadhouse in Pittsboro, NC. 100% of the proceeds from the event will benefit our work on behalf of family farmers.

Action Alert: Stop the GE “Dark” Act

This week the US House Agriculture Committee passed HR 1599 (aka the “D.A.R.K. Act” or “Denying Americans the Right To Know Act”). If passed, the bill would effectively end the rights of states and local governments to label and regulate GE food products. Take action now!

RAFI E-NEWS Spring/Summer 2015

Welcome to RAFI E-News! This summer, RAFI staff have been busy planting and harvesting organic field trials, visiting innovative farm-based enterprises across the state, providing financial counseling to farmers who call on us for help, and helping farmer’s markets launch SNAP incentive programs.

Job Announcement: Contract Grant Writer

The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI) is seeking external support to maintain and increase its foundation and government grant funding. Close Date: July 31, 2015.

In the Field: Photos from Olan Path Farm

Calyb Hare is a young farmer with long-standing family ties to the land. He grows a variety of vegetables for his CSA on a small, diversified farm in coastal North Carolina. In 2015, he received a grant from our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund to expand his production of heirloom beans and create a shelf-stable bean product.

Hydroponics Operation Spurs Growth in Rural Sampson County

Wendy and Jeff Woolard of Autryville, NC sell honey and hydroponically-grown produce to local markets in Sampson and Cumberland counties. This is their first year producing vegetables for market. Disappointed by the quality of produce in local stores, they decided to take initiative to get fresher, higher quality vegetables onto the plates of local consumers.

RAFI’s Kathy Zaumseil Retires After 25 Years

Kathy Zaumseil, Director of Administration, a strong and tranquil presence at RAFI, officially retired in March of this year after over a quarter century of service with the organization.

RAFI Producer Survey on Whole Farm Revenue Protection

Executive Summary RAFI, along with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, National Center for Appropriate Technology, Farm Credit Council, and North Carolina Cooperative Extension, distributed a survey to farmers in effort to collect information about their knowledge of and experience with Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) during the first sales period for the policy. The survey […]