Category Archives: State News

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…

Markets and Truffles: Delaware Couple Invested in Ag

Liz Comiskey August 27, 2018

Bernadine ‘Bernie’ Prince believes that the future of farm markets is bright. She is the co-founder and was the former co-director of FreshFarm, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that operates a network of producer-only farmers markets in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. FreshFarm, with its school programs, chef demonstrations and other innovations, is considered a…

Maine farmers’ markets buck national trend, officials say

Liz Comiskey

Maine’s farmers’ markets appear to be bucking a national trend of lower participation, according to research by the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. The federation is conducting a survey on its website to gauge participation in farmers markets that asks about their buying habits, where they shop and how much they spend. “Not many of markets track…

Just How Sustainable Is Local Agriculture in the Midcoast?

Liz Comiskey August 24, 2018

Every year since 2013, Maine has secured the number- two spot on the national “Locavore Index,” a measure of commitment to the availability and consumption of healthy local food. (www.strollingoftheheifers.com/- locavore/) The culture surrounding fresh food is becoming one of the state’s greatest lures — for visitors and for new farmers. In a state survey, nearly…

Fran Drescher’s Master Class Health Summit- October 23, 2018

Allie Vrtachnik August 21, 2018

“Fran Drescher’s Master Class Health Summit is a mind-expanding, life-changing day that gives you the tools to prevent, reduce, and reverse dis-ease. We hand-select doctors and medical experts making exciting inroads in their fields. Instead of focusing on symptoms and treating those, we help you look at your health from a holistic point of view.…

39th Annual American Community Gardening Association Bi-National Conference in Georgia

Stephanie Fenty

Tending to the Beloved Community 39th Annual Conference Atlanta, GA September 13 – 16, 2018 Where:  Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, Georgia What:  A Pre-Conference Workshop with The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology “Building Meaningful Collaborations” Thursday evening networking reception 36 workshops Friday evening gala and auction at the elegant Atlanta Botanical Garden Workshops covering cutting-edge horticulture…

NJ State Commisssioner Champions Food Assistance at Farmers Markets, Slams Proposed Aid Cuts

Liz Comiskey August 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – One of the city’s summer farmer’s market got a visit from a state commissioner Tuesday who trumpeted not only what was being sold but how it was sold to promote the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) former known as food stamps. “I’m really excited how our SNAP program is combined…

$4.6M grant doubles food stamp value at New England farmers markets

Liz Comiskey

The bonus bucks program has been around for several years, but this is the first year the program’s incentive has been a 100% match. “Not only is it helping low income families to be able to afford a healthier diet, but it’s also reinvesting that money into Rhode Island’s economy and New England’s economy,” explained…

Gov. Ralph Northam kicks off NFMW with Onancock Farmers Market visit

Allie Vrtachnik July 31, 2018

According to a Delmarva’s online article, Gov. Ralph Northam visited his hometown of Onancock on Saturday to kick off Farmers Market Week in Virginia. “I am so pleased to see what is going on here in Onancock with the farmers market  —local vendors who grow their products and produce their products right here locally,” Northam said.…