Category Archives: State News

Minnesota’s Hmong Farmers Drive Local Food Economy

Allie Vrtachnik September 26, 2018

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…

USDA awards CLEDA $294,286 farmers market grant

Darlene Wolnik September 19, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, La. (CLEDA) – Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) has won a $294,286 grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). CLEDA President and CEO Jim Clinton said, “The grant to CLEDA will strengthen the network of rural farmers markets in Central Louisiana. This will significantly increase our capacity to improve access to fresh, healthy…

New downtown Akron fresh-food market sets October opening

Marian Weaver September 12, 2018

Akron’s getting a new source of fresh food from local farmers and other producers — the city’s anticipated Countryside Public Market. Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, which will run the market, said it has received funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will enable it to open the market in the Northside…

Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets Bi-Annual Meeting & Farm Tour – Sept 21-22

Honesta Romberger September 7, 2018

WHEN: Friday, September 21, 11:30am – Saturday, September 22, noon WHERE: Mountain Harvest Kitchen, 105 Unicoi Village Place, Unicoi, TN 37692 DETAILS: We’ll meet at the Mountain Harvest Kitchen on Friday at 11:30am for registration and lunch. Lunch will be $12 per plate, prepared at Mountain Harvest Kitchen. Following lunch will be presentations from experts…

Fresh food program expands to serve more Maine seniors

Liz Comiskey

The Maine Senior FarmShare Program got some extra cash, allowing it to eliminate its waiting list and open up the program to 1,000 more participants. Read full article.

The Alaska Food Festival & Conference – March 8-9, 2019

Honesta Romberger

The Alaska Food Policy Council and the Alaska Farmers Market Association are partnering for the 4th semi-annual Alaska Food Festival & Conference. The Alaska Farmers Market Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting vibrant and sustainable farmers markets throughout Alaska. We’re still in the early planning stages of the conference, but will continually…

Business Planning Contest Announced for New York farmers markets

Darlene Wolnik

The contest will be held at the annual Farm-to-Table banquet at the Farmers Market Managers Annual Conference, held March 5 and 6 at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY. The contest will be the after dinner entertainment so that the contestants will have a live audience to present to. A panel of judges will…

Louisiana Healthcare Connections Funds Market Access Programs

Darlene Wolnik September 6, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Healthcare Connections has announced its sponsorship of the Big River Economic and Agriculture Alliance Red Stick Rewards program. The program will match purchases up to $10 made with a Louisiana Purchase Benefit card at any Baton Rouge area Red Stick Farmers Market. BREADA’s markets have been accepting SNAP cards since 2013. In 2017…

No crop left behind: NH Gleans harvests for food equity, access

Liz Comiskey August 28, 2018

If a hardworking group of volunteers has anything to say about it, there will be no crop left behind in the fields and markets of New Hampshire. In a small state where one in 10 residents grapples with food insecurity, these foragers span the natural land from Portsmouth to Keene in an effort to get…