Author Archives: Hannah Fuller

Update from NIFA Regarding GusNIP Request for Applications Language

Hannah Fuller March 24, 2021

In response to feedback from Farmers Market Coalition and our partners, earlier this month USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) issued a revised Request For Applications (RFA) for the 2021 Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program. We greatly appreciate the attention of USDA as well as Members of Congress to this very significant issue.  The…

InTents: The Farmers Market Conference – FMC Preview

Hannah Fuller March 3, 2021

As the weather starts to warm up and we head into spring, many farmers markets operators are wrapping up a season of learning through virtual conferences, meetings, and training. One of our favorite gatherings of farmers market operators and vendors is the InTents: The Farmers Market Conference, hosted by Farmers Market Pros.  The conference season…

February Policy Round Up

Hannah Fuller February 17, 2021

Farmers Market Coalition recently helped to lead a sign-on letter to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture regarding a very concerning change to the Request for Applications for the current round of funding through the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program. The language in question reads: “GusNIP allows the use of incentives only for qualifying…

Letter to USDA AMS Regarding LAMP COVID Funding

Hannah Fuller February 2, 2021

At the end of a tumultuous year, the Senate passed both a long overdue COVID relief package and the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bill. Both of these activities included important victories for farmers and farmers market operators, but also highlighted the need to critically consider how these programs and funds will be administered by USDA…

COVID Package for Farmers Markets

Hannah Fuller January 4, 2021

In a flurry of activity at the end of the year, the federal government passed both a COVID relief package and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations bill. While these activities were a long time in the coming, both include important victories for farmers and farmers market operators.  The Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020…

How Can FMC Help Markets Analyze This Year?

Hannah Fuller December 21, 2020

In 2020, many farmers market managers had to figure out a different staffing plan and find money in slashed budgets for traffic cones, new signs, and cleaning supplies. Amid all of that and more, they also responded to a number of surveys to make sure data and lessons from this difficult year were not lost.…

New Farmers Market Legal Toolkit Free Speech Resource

Hannah Fuller December 10, 2020

The team at Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS), in partnership with FMC and NOFA-Vermont, is pleased to share a new legal resource for farmers market operators.   Many farmers markets face questions about free speech—in particular, what types of restrictions markets can place on activities like leafleting, political campaigning, and protesting.…

2021 Call for Board Nominations

Hannah Fuller December 3, 2020

The Farmers Market Coalition is currently soliciting nominees who are interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors during the 2021 annual election. FMC’s volunteer Board of Directors consists of individuals with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets or sustainable food systems, and who support the FMC mission of…

GusNIP Grantees Announced

Hannah Fuller November 12, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) grants. More than $32 million was awarded to 30 grantees operating across 22 states. The awarded programs included increasing the fruit and vegetable purchasing power of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance…

Farmers Markets as Part of Disaster Resilience

Hannah Fuller October 28, 2020

While wildfires are a natural occurrence, over the past decade we have witnessed years of record breaking recurring wildfires throughout the US, with 2020 being a particular devastating year for communities throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and neighboring states. News coverage of the millions of acres burned is fading, but the effects of disasters of…