Category Archives: State News

Dakota College at Bottineau awarded 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

Congratulations to the Dakota College at Bottineau, a 2018 FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: Dakota College at Bottineau, Bottineau, ND Project Type: Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance Enhancing Consumer Marketing Strategies of North Dakota Farmers Markets and Market Producers Dakota College at Bottineau will increase the capacity of North Dakota Farmers Markets. The state’s changing…

Center of Southwest Culture awarded a 2018 FMPP Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to New Mexico’s Center of Southwest Culture, a 2018 USDA FMPP recipient! Recipient: Center of Southwest Culture, Albuquerque, NM Project Type: Capacity Building Rural NM Marketing Network Land-based, centuries-old Indigenous and Hispanic communities in central and northern New Mexico need alternative economic initiatives to protect their land and water assets while increasing family revenues.…

4-Directions Development, Inc. awarded 2018 FMPP

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to Minnesota’s 4-Directions Development, Inc., a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: 4-Directions Development, Inc., Red Lake, MN Project Type: Capacity Building Gitigaanike – Local foods, local access for a healthy Red Lake Nation. The Red Lake Indian Reservation is located Northwest Minnesota adjacent to the fertile fields of the Red River Valley of…

FRESHFARM awarded a 2018 FMPP USDA Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to FRESHFARM, a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: FRESHFARM Markets, Inc., Washington, DC Project Type: Capacity Building Expanding Market Success for New and Emerging Mid-Atlantic Farmers Through Training and Multimedia Promotion For a good grower, establishing him or herself as a successful farmer at market requires both business acumen to promote him or herself…

VAFMA Conference: Nov. 1st and 2nd, 2018

Allie Vrtachnik

VAFMA’s 6th Annual Virginia Farmers Market Conference will be held November 1 & 2, 2018 in the Richmond area. Our annual conference provides an opportunity for dynamic discussions, training, information exchange and peer networking between Virginia’s market managers and other food system stakeholders. This year’s theme focuses on innovative and new ideas that help drive…

Drought causes North Kansas City Farmers Market to close

Allie Vrtachnik

Aug. 18, KSHB reported that the North Kansas Farmers Market would be closing two months earlier than normal market’s season end because of severe drought and the impact it had on farmers’ crops.   Read the full article here. 

Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day features food straight from ND farms

Allie Vrtachnik

“This afternoon, over 44,000 students from 185 schools filled their lunch trays with food straight from North Dakota farms for Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day. Third Grade Teacher Pam Baker says, ‘It’s just down the road, kids know about cows, they know about dairy, but it’s that farm to table kind of discussion.’ The day…

Feb 1st-2nd, 2019: North Dakota Local Foods Conference

Allie Vrtachnik

What: ND Local Foods Conference When: February 1st-2nd, 2019 Where: Baymont Inn & Suites Mandan Bismarck Area Hosted by ND Local Foods & the North Dakota Dept. of Agriculture Description: “The 2019 NDFMGA & Local Foods Conference will be a place for farmers and ranchers who direct market what they grow and raise to learn…

Minnesota’s Hmong Farmers Drive Local Food Economy

Allie Vrtachnik

A VOA Article reports: “Hmong farmers in St. Paul, Minnesota have the best advocate for their business enterprises: themselves, working together. Originally from China, the Hmong are an Asian ethnic group that migrated to Vietnam and Laos in the 18th century. They have never had a country of their own. After the Vietnam War ended,…

Event Opportunity! Firmly Rooted: Building Enterprise and Ownership in a Regional Food Economy

Marian Weaver September 20, 2018

EVENT INFORMATION Date Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:00pm – 1:30pm Contact Location Walter Hall Rotunda at Ohio University 25 South Green Drive Athens, Ohio 45701 Hosts Community Strategies Group  For more than 30 years, the southeast region of Appalachian Ohio has been leading the way in leveraging rural assets and enterprise to build a…