Category Archives: State News

Manager Hire: Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market, Little Rock, AR

  The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market is located in the historic South Main neighborhood just outside of downtown Little Rock, AR. The market is housed in the Bernice Garden, which is privately owned by Anita Davis. The Bernice Garden is a community space that allows visitors to enjoy native plants and art sculptures. The market…

Nevada mobile farmers market to make its way to Henderson

The Las Vegas Sun reports: “Dignity Health awarded a $99,500 community grant to bring Veggie Buck Truck, a mobile farmers market, to Henderson. The city, Three Square Food Bank, Southern Nevada Health District and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension are teaming up to help get residents to the garden. The Veggie Buck Truck will…

Minnesota’s Crookston Farmers Market awarded PoP Grant

The University of Minnesota Extension has awarded the Crookston Farmers Market a Power of Produce Grant. The PoP Club is a farmers market program that transforms children market participants through its incentive-based approach. When kids get involved in the program, they earn tokens to spend on fresh produce. Crookston joins the other 10 Minnesota markets…

Independence, KS approves $3.3 million Farmers Market Project

Independence, KS is making way for a farmers market project, made possible by grants and private funds. The project encompasses the building of an enclosed pavilion and a stand-alone, open air pavilion. The structures will permanently host the farmers market, and serve as an event space for other gatherings.   Find out more information via…

Maryland easements lighten the load for farmers

“Small farmers are having a tough time. … When you get those easements, it makes the load a little lighter,” Leon Price said. Rural Legacy easements essentially buy developers’ rights from the property owner, so the land can never be developed. https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/maryland-easements-lighten-the-load-for-farmers/article_86dd838c-0add-11e8-9ded-db2cb9e00d6a.html

Champions for Health in the South

According to a recent report, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Vermont rank as the healthiest states in the nation. The bottom three? Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. That’s not a surprise, says Jay Maddock, a professor of public health at Texas A&M University. In southern states, Americans are more likely to die prematurely from a wide variety of chronic conditions.…

Arizona: Small Food Conference March 8, 2018

  Click here for tickets and more info. Prescott Farmers Market and Yavapai College are co-sponsoring the first-ever Small Food Conference on March 8, 2018 to support farmers market vendors’ businesses. Workshops will help vendors attract more customers and explore small business basics. We invite local and regional experts (including current market vendors) to lead workshops…

Maine farmers hit with new federal food safety rules

“One of the faults of the law is that there could potentially be a lot of infrastructure needs necessary, yet there’s no mechanism for grants for farms to get in compliance with it,” Colson said. “Eventually, this will affect every farmer. If you had an inspector who came onto the farm and saw things they…

Farm Service Agency County Committees slots available in Alabama

The FSA (Farm Service Agency) released a notice highlighting 47 counties in 17 states — including Baldwin, Escambia, Dallas or Monroe Counties in Alabama — that need an additional Socially Disadvantaged farmer to serve on the FSA County Committees to achieve fair representation for certain counties with high % of farmers of color/women. See https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_Notice/ao_1696.pdf If you…