Author Archives: Darlene Wolnik

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 | 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…

Pasture Education Event- Bogalusa LA

Darlene Wolnik August 28, 2018

Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge Offers $145K in Startup Funds for Entrepreneurs

Darlene Wolnik August 17, 2018

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, today opened online applications for its 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 including: •   Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award and $15,000 (chosen by judges), for a total of $30,000 •    People’s Choice award and $10,000 (chosen by public vote), for a total of $25,000…


Darlene Wolnik July 27, 2018

Inaction by the Federal Government Would Have Left 2.8 Million New Yorkers Unable to Use SNAP Benefits to Purchase Fresh Fruits and Vegetables at Farmers’ Markets New York State’s Agreement with Novo Dia Ensures SNAP Participants’ Use of EBT Benefits at New York Farmers’ Markets Solution Paves the Way for Farmers’ Markets in 49 States…

(Webinar) Cottage Food Laws: Adequately Addressing Food Safety and Economic Opportunity?

Darlene Wolnik June 14, 2018

  Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium Nearly every state in the U.S. has a cottage food law that allows entrepreneurs to produce certain food products in their homes with little regulatory oversight.  Many applaud these laws for creating opportunities for producers to generate income from the small-scale production of foods that have a…

A Summer Foodapalooza Event in Catahoula Parish

Darlene Wolnik June 12, 2018

Positively Local Catahoula will be held Wednesday, June 27, and feature a keynote address from Darlene Wolnik, the Farmers Market Coalition’s Senior Research Associate and a bus tour to showcase how the parish is able to utilize existing projects and resources to strengthen its economy. The event will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at…

Youth Food & Farm Forum December 7-8 Nauvoo, AL

Darlene Wolnik June 5, 2018

Alabama Sustainable Agricultural Network (ASAN) will be holding a Youth Food & Farm Forum, to be held this year in conjunction with their (adult) 2018 Food & Farm Forum, December 7-8 at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL. The Food & Farm Forum is the primary annual gathering of ASAN’s statewide network of farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and…

Time for the 2018 The Eat Local New Orleans Challenge

Darlene Wolnik June 1, 2018

The Eat Local New Orleans Challenge is challenging YOU to go 30 days in June eating only foods grown, caught, or raised within a 200-mile radius of New Orleans to raise awareness of the nutritional, economic, environmental and cultural benefits of eating locally sourced foods. Local Foods Guide Here Calendar of Events Here Sign Up…

Please share: Online consumer survey (MD, NY, VT)

Darlene Wolnik

The Farmers Market Federation of NY, partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, NOFA VT, Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculture (CISA) in Massachusetts, the Maryland Farmers Market Association and University of Maryland Extension, has been awarded a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub-award number…