Category Archives: State News

MFMA Annual Conference: January 17th-18th

Allie Vrtachnik January 4, 2019

MFMA joins the Minnesota Cottage Foods Producers and the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association for a mega combined conference in St. Cloud. Close to 100 workshops to choose from – something for everyone: food laws, growing techniques, pricing for profitability, farmers’ market management tips, SNAP & Market Bucks, cooking demos, and more! Register now!

Feeding Florida is hiring: Fresh Access Bucks Northwest Florida Coordinator!

Allie Vrtachnik December 20, 2018

Fresh Access Bucks‘ new organization, Feeding Florida, is hiring a new position: FAB Northwest Florida Coordinator. The organization will fill this position regionally in Tallahassee or the Northwest FL region. This is a full-time, benefited position with a semi-flexible schedule. FAB is accepting resumes and cover letters through Friday, January 11th and filling the role…

Save the Date: VAFMA 7th Annual Conference, Nov. 13-15, 2019

Allie Vrtachnik November 29, 2018

Save the Date: VAFMA 7th Annual Farmers Market Conference Shenandoah Region – Staunton, VA November 13 – 15, 2019 More info TBD.

Allegheny Mountain Institute 18 month Fellowship Applications Available

Allie Vrtachnik November 9, 2018

Now in its eighth year, Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. AMI Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with AMI and food…

Lynchburg Community Market awarded by Virginia Recreation & Park Society for the We Got the Beet Program

Allie Vrtachnik

Jennifer Kennedy, Lynchburg Community Market Manger, attended the VRPS: Virginia Recreation & Park Society awards and We Got The Beet won 3 awards: Most Innovative Marketing Strategy for the Beet Mascot, Most Innovative Marketing Piece for the We Got The Beet song and music video, and Best Health and Wellness Initiative! Wait to go Jennifer and the…

Community Orchard Project Funds available through USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that grant funds are available to begin a community or school orchard/garden project. Grants from $500 to $7,500 will be available on a competitive basis. These grants are funded through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant award. Some of the goals that we hope schools…

Ugly Food of the North Donates 21k+ Pounds of Local Food in 2018

Allie Vrtachnik

“Ugly Food of the North was founded on educating our local community about the global problem of food waste. In the United States, it is estimated that 40% of food resources go to waste each year, resulting in an economic loss of over $165 billion a year. While thousands of fresh, healthy local food go to…

Strategies for Success at Rural Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey November 1, 2018

Are you a grower selling at rural farmers markets? Curious to learn about resources and tools available to help you grow your market presence? Join Penn State Extension and The Food Trust for a free workshop about rural farmers markets. This workshop will cover pricing strategies and resources for farmers, techniques for how to best connect with your customers, and an…

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…

Farmers say nonprofit that had stand at Reading Terminal owes them thousands

Liz Comiskey October 19, 2018

Fair Food began as a nonprofit aimed at connecting local farmers to chefs and grocers who could buy their products. It grew to include a farmstand that sold meat, produce and dairy in Reading Terminal Market for 15 years. Now, six months after that stand closed for good, some farmers say Fair Food owes them thousands…