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The largest charity we directly support, and the best example of an organization that aligns with our donation criteria, is the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA). As a Life Member, we’re proud to show our support as the CFSA celebrates its 30th anniversary and beyond.
With our contributions, the CFSA is able to support:
“These efforts would be designed to promote the wider adoption of high-value organic bread, wheat and other organic production practices,” said Roland McReynolds, executive director of the CFSA.
In addition to helping the sustainability of the tobacco crop, the CFSA also helps ensure the sustainability of the food supply by creating new markets for organic wheat - a perfect rotation crop to reinvigorate farmland where tobacco is grown.
A prime example of CFSA’s work is its plan of working with farmers and local bakeries to create a North Carolina-branded organic bread flour, and to promote the adoption of organic practices. They’re developing a plan for a cooperatively owned, small-scale milling operation designed to meet the needs of local bakeries.
This initiative aligns directly with our commitment to farmers, as wheat grown in rotation with tobacco helps sustain the land and replenish the soil. With this knowledge, 70 of our organic farmers, were able to implement a commercially viable rotation and cover crop for their fields.
By early 2010, 95 percent of our organic farmers used wheat in rotation with tobacco in their fields. The piece of the puzzle that made this possible was CFSA’s development of an organic wheat market in North Carolina.