Author Archives: Allie Vrtachnik

New Mexico SNAP benefits accepted by state early for February

Allie Vrtachnik January 15, 2019

Double Up New Mexico shares: “Due to the partial federal government shutdown, SNAP recipients have been in jeopardy of not receiving February’s benefits as deposits onto their EBT Cards. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) — SNAP’s funding agency — offered states a plan to ensure that SNAP beneficiaries received their benefits for the…

Virginia Farmers Markets- Register with VAFMA to Utlize Data through the Market Metrics Program!

Allie Vrtachnik January 11, 2019

VAFMA is rallying all farmers market managers in Virginia to collect data on the impact their markets are having on their communities. Data is incredibly useful for demonstrating how important farmers markets are to our localities and state. It is also beneficial for improving decision-making, market promotion, media relations, advocacy and fundraising. When market managers…

Register for VAFMA’s Market Manager Certification Program- Jan. 25th- April 26th

Allie Vrtachnik

VAFMA’s Market Manager Certification Program is right around the corner! ABOUT: Farmers market management requires a wide range of knowledge & skills to create a profitable market for farmers, a vibrant and diverse shopping experience for consumers, and a market that engages community partners. Market Managers have requested comprehensive training and we have heard your…

MFMA Annual Conference: January 17th-18th

Allie Vrtachnik January 4, 2019

MFMA joins the Minnesota Cottage Foods Producers and the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association for a mega combined conference in St. Cloud. Close to 100 workshops to choose from – something for everyone: food laws, growing techniques, pricing for profitability, farmers’ market management tips, SNAP & Market Bucks, cooking demos, and more! Register now!

Feeding Florida is hiring: Fresh Access Bucks Northwest Florida Coordinator!

Allie Vrtachnik December 20, 2018

Fresh Access Bucks‘ new organization, Feeding Florida, is hiring a new position: FAB Northwest Florida Coordinator. The organization will fill this position regionally in Tallahassee or the Northwest FL region. This is a full-time, benefited position with a semi-flexible schedule. FAB is accepting resumes and cover letters through Friday, January 11th and filling the role…

Save the Date: VAFMA 7th Annual Conference, Nov. 13-15, 2019

Allie Vrtachnik November 29, 2018

Save the Date: VAFMA 7th Annual Farmers Market Conference Shenandoah Region – Staunton, VA November 13 – 15, 2019 More info TBD.

Allegheny Mountain Institute 18 month Fellowship Applications Available

Allie Vrtachnik November 9, 2018

Now in its eighth year, Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. AMI Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with AMI and food…

Lynchburg Community Market awarded by Virginia Recreation & Park Society for the We Got the Beet Program

Allie Vrtachnik

Jennifer Kennedy, Lynchburg Community Market Manger, attended the VRPS: Virginia Recreation & Park Society awards and We Got The Beet won 3 awards: Most Innovative Marketing Strategy for the Beet Mascot, Most Innovative Marketing Piece for the We Got The Beet song and music video, and Best Health and Wellness Initiative! Wait to go Jennifer and the…

Community Orchard Project Funds available through USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that grant funds are available to begin a community or school orchard/garden project. Grants from $500 to $7,500 will be available on a competitive basis. These grants are funded through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant award. Some of the goals that we hope schools…

Ugly Food of the North Donates 21k+ Pounds of Local Food in 2018

Allie Vrtachnik

“Ugly Food of the North was founded on educating our local community about the global problem of food waste. In the United States, it is estimated that 40% of food resources go to waste each year, resulting in an economic loss of over $165 billion a year. While thousands of fresh, healthy local food go to…