Author Archives: Diana Broadaway

The Challenge of Indoor Market Operations During a Pandemic

Diana Broadaway May 4, 2021

In the Fall of 2020, Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) brought together a small group of winter market operators into a Community of Practice (CoP). That group was faced with the daunting challenge of trying to operate their usual indoor market spaces while following CDC protocols for mandates and restrictions.  This small group participated in monthly…

Buy Local Even in South Dakota’s Winter Months

Diana Broadaway February 19, 2021

For Immediate Release: Feb. 18, 2021 Online link: https://sdspecialtyproducers.org/2021/02/03/winter-months/ Buy Local Even in South Dakota’s Winter Months Yankton, S.D.- Most South Dakotans think of local foods as seasonal items. But even through our cold winters, more and more local food hubs, farmers markets and direct to consumer producers are open for business year-round. Our access to fresh,…

SDSPA: Specialty Producer Webinar Series

Diana Broadaway January 28, 2021

Educational Webinar Series for Specialty Food Producers The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) has announced a new educational series for local food producers, Farmers Markets managers and vendors, and others interested in selling direct to consumers. “We are hosting training for producers to get together over the winter and plan for the summer 2021…

Communities of Practice: Fostering Communication and Collaboration

Diana Broadaway January 13, 2021

Nurturing communities and the connections they foster is central to strengthening local and regional food systems. These communities may be formal or informal, large or small. We may not realize how many of these communities we participate in each day and how these opportunities to share with and learn from one another influence our personal…

2020 S.D. Local Foods Conference sees changes, opportunities for producers

Diana Broadaway September 24, 2020

2020 S.D. Local Foods Conference sees changes, opportunities for producers Yankton, S.D.- The annual South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is celebrating its tenth year. The 2020 event, Nov. 5-7 will be the first held entirely online. The SDLFC Planning Committee looks forward to discussing the new opportunities that this year has brought to local…

SDSPA: Celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2020

Diana Broadaway July 27, 2020

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week 2020 The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) joins farmers markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 2-8, 2020. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a proclamation dedicating the week with the goal to increase awareness of the role local farmers markets play in…

FMC Helps Farmers Markets Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19

Diana Broadaway July 10, 2020

For all of us, life right now involves a mix of uncertainty, fear, hope and determination. For nearly six months, the world has been grappling with the affects of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. While this has upended nearly every aspect of society, the impacts to our food system have been significant and far-reaching. As farmers…

‘Minority’ Crop Growers and Beekeepers Suffer Defeat in Pierre

Diana Broadaway April 17, 2020

Press Release- For Immediate Release- Feb. 23, 2020 Jeff Stewart 605-481-0406 jstewart@hcinet.net ‘Minority’ Crop Growers and Beekeepers Suffer Defeat in Pierre The following synopsis is provided by the Legislative Action Committee of the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association on the proceedings related to bill HB 1171. For the third year in a row, a bill…

Trying Times for Local Specialty Crop Producers

Diana Broadaway

Press Release- For Immediate Release- April 6, 2020 Tom Bodensteiner, SDSPA President bodensbeamwork@icloud.com   Trying Times for Local Specialty Crop Producers Yankton, S.D.: Because of the state and worldwide lockdown many of our local food producer’s right here in South Dakota are feeling the financial pinch. Since people are staying away from the grocery stores…