Emergency Resources for Markets and Farmers

When it comes to preparation, there is no way to truly prepare for the impact of natural disaster, but you can prepare your market, vendors, and shoppers for what comes next. Farmers markets across the country have navigated the recovery and rebuilding process and learned some key lessons.

Please note: We will be adding resources to this page for farmers and markets as they become available.

General Disaster Recovery Resources:  

The exhaustion and grief that attends disasters is immense, but help is available. A critical first step to accessing help is to document losses and complete the paperwork necessary to qualify for and access federal, state, and local assistance.

Our colleague Scott Marlow, the Executive Director of RAFI and a national expert in disaster assistance programs, recently penned an open letter to his colleagues in Texas that is a must-read for all markets. As Marlow emphasizes, it is essential to understand the agencies and programs designed to assist producers and markets recover from natural disasters.

Wildfire Resources:

As we watch the unfolding and aftermath of natural disasters like the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires, many ask “how can I help?”

Consider donating to the emergency farmer support campaigns administered by FMC members and partners in the impacted area. Funds like these help local farmers get back up on their feet following natural disasters:



COVID-19 Resources:

CDC Recommendation Updates (April 2021):

When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

Choosing Safer Activities

See our post Farmers Markets Respond to COVID-19 — Best Practices, Examples, and Resources for more details

Hurricane Resources:

Disaster SNAP Resources:

FMC Training and TA Director Dar Wolnik helped New Orleans markets recover after Hurricane Katrina and recently shared some of her experiences implementing Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP) after the storm.

“Just like our work in farmers markets, the most direct help is often painstaking to set up but builds better connections. I can say that many of the folks who reached out to our NOLA market team directly after the levee breaks of Hurricane Katrina became dear friends and we had a stronger relationship with many of our peer markets because of that contact.”

Additional Helpful Links: 

Previous Fundraisers: