Category Archives: State News

Kansas farmers market invigorating small businesses in Marceline

Allie Vrtachnik May 11, 2018

“The Walsworth Community Center farmers’ market and small business incubator has been growing since it opened April 10. Jane Spencer, committee chairman of the farmers’ market, is helping small businesses thrive in Marceline with this cost effective way to promote their business. According to Spencer, the farmers’ market is giving exposure to the businesses.” Read…

West Virginia’s Agriculture Dept. to oversee state’s farmers markets

Allie Vrtachnik May 7, 2018

With more than 120 West Virginia farmers markets in operation, the state’s Department of Ag will step in to oversee the vast growth, a measure included in 2018 Legislature. “The new law transfers the rules and regulations for farmers’ markets from the Department of Health and Human Resources to the Department of Agriculture. It also…

Food insecurity addressed at Farmington summit

Liz Comiskey May 4, 2018

The 2nd Annual Greater Franklin Food Summit on Wednesday afternoon identified bright spots, challenges and opportunities facing the region’s food system. United Way of the Tri-Valley Area and the Healthy Community Coalition coordinated the first summit a year ago. UWTVA Executive Director Lisa Laflin said 73 percent of actions from that summit have been met,…

Milwaukee Farmers Market List and SNAP-accepting markets

Allie Vrtachnik May 3, 2018

Its farmers market season in Milwaukee. On Milwaukee has posted a comprehensive list of farmers markets, and the Milwaukee Farmers Market Coalition & Fondy Food Center has compiled the SNAP-accepting farmers markets. 

Georgia Farmers Market Association Fresh Stop Markets

Stephanie Fenty April 30, 2018

Fresh Stop Markets are “pop up”, community led, farm-fresh food markets set up at local faith-based institutions and community centers, in fresh food insecure neighborhoods. The food is ordered and paid for in advance so that farmers are assured of their earnings. Shareholders pool their SNAP Benefits and cash to purchase equal “shares” of local,…

2019 Community Food Systems Conference – Savannah, GA

Stephanie Fenty

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA) are excited to announce their partnership in putting on the 2019 Community Food Systems Conference to take place in early December 2019 in Savannah, Georgia. The partners will build on the momentum of the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference and GFMA’s Food for Thought…

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,…

West Virginia “Farm Roots” program for small farmers and veterans

Allie Vrtachnik April 23, 2018

“A new project taking root in the Kanawha Valley is aiming to help small farmers and veterans in West Virginia grow and then market carrots to restaurants and other local consumers. The goal of the West Virginia National Guard’s Patriot Guardens and Capitol Conservation District’s “Farm Roots” project is to help those participating to first…

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…

Greater Franklin Food Council presents Growing Roots

Liz Comiskey

FARMINGTON – A new focus on food systems in greater Franklin County has come together in the form of the Greater Franklin Food Council – a team dedicated to gaining a better understanding of the food scene in the area. “We look at all areas of food, including, but not limited to, food insecurity,” United…