Author Archives: Darlene Wolnik

SSAWG Conference January 23-26, 2019 Little Rock AR

Darlene Wolnik January 18, 2019

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) conference is coming up next week and by all accounts, a wide diversity of farmers and advocates are heading to Little Rock for it. The field trips are all sold out, but short courses, mini courses, and the full conference is still open for registration. The variety of…

Public Relations and Marketing Fellow, Tuscaloosa AL

Darlene Wolnik

JOB POSTING: Public Relations and Marketing Fellow, Schoolyard Roots in Tuscaloosa, AL, in partnership with the Americorps VISTA program. Full-time, one year position. More information here.

Full-time Market Manager Position- Alexandria LA

Darlene Wolnik

JOB POSTING: Farmers Market Manager, Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative, Alexandria, LA.  Full time, salaried $38-42K, and benefits. More details here.

NOFA-VT Executive Director Enid Wonnacott Steps Down

Darlene Wolnik October 31, 2018

Enid Wonnacott has tallied many accomplishments over 30-plus years as executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. In 1987, her 10-hour-per-week job came with one filing cabinet and a milk crate filled with paperwork. Since then, Wonnacott has built the nonprofit into a 20-person team supported by a $2.8 million budget. NOFA-VT has…

New Orleans schools: Join Market Umbrella’s Meet Me at the Market program

Darlene Wolnik October 11, 2018

Market Umbrella’s “Meet Me at the Market” program consists of a staff visit to the classroom with curriculum focused on local seasonality and nutrition, and then a field trip to the farmers market, with facilitated fun and educational activities. The NGO has funding through a USDA Farm to School grant to build/refurbish school gardens, train…

Brighton Farmers Market gets $1M from state for new permanent location

Darlene Wolnik October 8, 2018

The 10-year-old farmers market will receive $1 million in state funding to aid the development of a new, permanent home for the market near Buckland Park, Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle said Sunday. State Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, each secured $500,000 in capital funding for the project, Moehle said. Robach likened the new location…

USDA awards CLEDA $294,286 farmers market grant

Darlene Wolnik September 19, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, La. (CLEDA) – Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) has won a $294,286 grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). CLEDA President and CEO Jim Clinton said, “The grant to CLEDA will strengthen the network of rural farmers markets in Central Louisiana. This will significantly increase our capacity to improve access to fresh, healthy…

Business Planning Contest Announced for New York farmers markets

Darlene Wolnik September 7, 2018

The contest will be held at the annual Farm-to-Table banquet at the Farmers Market Managers Annual Conference, held March 5 and 6 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY. The contest will be the after dinner entertainment so that the contestants will have a live audience to present to. A panel of judges will…

Louisiana Healthcare Connections Funds Market Access Programs

Darlene Wolnik September 6, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Healthcare Connections has announced its sponsorship of the Big River Economic and Agriculture Alliance Red Stick Rewards program. The program will match purchases up to $10 made with a Louisiana Purchase Benefit card at any Baton Rouge area Red Stick Farmers Market. BREADA’s markets have been accepting SNAP cards since 2013. In 2017…

A Weekend of Flavor, Culture, & Exploration: Recapping the 2018 Slow Food Nations Event

Darlene Wolnik August 30, 2018

by Darlene Wolnik, FMC Senior Advisor | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In the middle of July, I flew to Denver to attend the second annual Slow Food Nations event. Advocates, funders, farmers, food writers, and organizers were all in attendance over the two days of events held in and around Larimer Square in the LoDo District, near to Boulder County Farmers…