Author Archives: Honesta Romberger

Arizona-grown produce bill good for families in poverty

Honesta Romberger April 25, 2018

Via Arizona Capitol Times SB1245 provides a state funding match for a privately funded pilot program successfully operating in urban and rural areas throughout our state. The program targets populations who are on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The program offers more choice and increased access to healthy foods, specifically,…

2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit

Honesta Romberger April 24, 2018

In partnership with the USDA, Food Distribution Research Society, National Value-Added Agriculture Conference, and Farm Credit Council, FMC is excited to host the 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit – the first of its kind in the United States! When: September 15-18, 2018 (Pre-conference activities on September 15-16) Where: Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia Why should you…

Arizona leads nation in female farmers

Honesta Romberger April 20, 2018

Via Arizona Sonora News: In Queen Creek, Arizona, you can find a 1.33-acre lot growing oranges, apples, figs, peaches, pears, grapes, sugarcane, lettuce, tomatoes, pepper, eggplant, okra, corn, green beans – and also raising chickens for meat and eggs, sheep for meat and goats for milk. It is one of 7,835 farms in Arizona run…

Farmers Market Metrics Platform is Now Open to FMC Members!

Honesta Romberger April 18, 2018

  Exciting news! FMC’s Farmers Market Metrics data collection platform, which has been under development and testing with a closed group of pilot markets over the past three market seasons, is now open to all FMC members, ready to help you start collecting and sharing data on your market. Farmers Market Metrics was designed to support…

Farm Bill Update: the Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain

Honesta Romberger April 16, 2018

Last Thursday, the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway, introduced draft farm bill legislation, which Democrats and anti-hunger groups were quick to deride. For farmers markets, the legislation in its current form would be something of a mixed bag. The best news in the bill for farmers markets comes from the Food Insecurity…

UH Studies How People’s Connections With Land Affect Their Health

Honesta Romberger April 6, 2018

Via: Civil Beat University of Hawaii researchers are teaming up with a farm on Oahu’s west side to study how people’s connection with the land affects their health. A key partner in the project is the local non-profit Ma’o Organic Farms, which the researchers say has a big impact on Waianae by producing organic foods for…

2018 Farmers Market Meet-Up – April 13, 2018

Honesta Romberger

Are you a successful gardener thinking about scaling up and becoming a farmers market vendor? Are you already in the market and want to learn/share tips of the trade? This free event will include information on Kenai Peninsula markets, booth design and signage, food safety, Alaska’s Cottage Food Law and more! Special guest: Robbi Mixon,…

2018 Kona Coffee & Small Farm Expo – April 6, 2018

Honesta Romberger March 30, 2018

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Local farmers market making ‘pop’ changes for the summer

Honesta Romberger

[Article via Prescott Valley Tribune: https://www.pvtrib.com/news/2018/mar/28/local-farmers-market-making-pop-changes-summer/] The Prescott Valley Farmers Market will be transitioning to “pop-up farmers markets” after the last winter market, which was Tuesday, March 27, in the Entertainment District. Since November 2016, PFM has operated a weekly farmers market in the Entertainment District of Prescott Valley. Since 1997, PFM has operated markets of…

Youth Farm In Hawaii Is Growing Food And Leaders

Honesta Romberger

[Article via NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/28/596073164/youth-farm-in-hawaii-is-growing-food-and-leaders] A tight circle of teenagers is deep in conversation — not about movies or apps, but about … vegetables. It’s 7 a.m. at MA’O Organic Farms, part of 24 acres nestled in an emerald mountain-ringed valley just two miles from Oahu’s west shore. Under a hot sun that bathes this idyllic breadbasket,…