Resource Library

Welcome to the Farmers Market Coalition Resource Library, an ever-growing database of resources for farmers, market managers and researchers. These resources were developed by a wide spectrum of organizations, agencies, and academic institutions, and we are grateful for the spirit of sharing which allows us to bring a variety of tools to your table in one searchable portal. We hope you find them useful and consider submitting resources of your own for the benefit of the farmers market community.

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Report: Toward Market Cities: Lessons on Supporting Public Market Systems from Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Toronto

Food Justice | Management and Operations | Market Start-up and Development | Public Policies

Public markets systems in North America are both agile and fragile. When the coronavirus pandemic caused widespread stay-at-home orders and business closures, many markets across the continent stayed open, continuing to safely provide fresh and healthy food to residents as supply chains were strained and serve as an economic lifeline to farmers and other producers. This contribution to the resilience of our communities often took place despite limited, uncoordinated support from all levels of government.

It was in this extreme context that the Market Cities Initiative at Project for Public Spaces undertook this research effort to kickstart citywide market strategies in three North American cities—Seattle, Washington, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the United States, and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With support from The Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Foundation, Project for Public Spaces provided each city with pro bono technical assistance and a small planning grant to audit each city’s existing market system, identify challenges and opportunities, and convene a broad group of stakeholders to advocate for new policy and governance structures.

This report includes background on the Market Cities Initiative and its research efforts to date, summaries of each local partner’s findings and recommendations, and broad takeaways for other cities looking to strengthen their market systems or leading their own Market City process.

 

 

Published November 10, 2020 PublicationState & Local Policy

Iteration, innovation, and collaboration: Supporting farmers markets’ response to COVID-19

Advocacy | COVID-19

Commentary on COVID-19 and the Food System authored by the Farmers Market Coalition for the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

 

By: Diana Broadaway and Darlene Wolnik Published November 09, 2020 Publisher Website Link to Resource Publication

Measuring Racial Equity in the Food System: Established and Suggested Metrics

Anti-Racism Work | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) | Evaluation | Food Justice | Impact Reports

From the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

This tool offers an expansive list of metrics that U.S. food system practitioners and food movement organizations can use to hold ourselves accountable for progress towards a more equitable food system. The metrics are either currently in use or are recommended by food system practitioners and food movement organizations in the United States. They are described, cited, and organized by themes: food access, food and farm business, food chain labor, and food movement.

Includes a PDF Guide and link to a webinar introduction to the guide.

 

Published November 05, 2020