FMC Web Site Has More Options, a New Look
Posted On: January 19, 2009
Immediately before the new year, farmersmarketcoalition.org emerged from hibernation to reveal a new look, with several new features. Since December 31, the site has attracted more than 3,500 views.
The most exciting part of the site is the National Farmers Market Resource Library (version 1.0), which is the first depository of farmers market information of its kind. Visitors can search among more than 260 entries for sample market rules, applications, bylaws, and other logistical tools as well as for tip sheets, research and guides on starting or improving certain aspects of market governance or operation. Users can browse by category or use the ‘Quicksearch’ function to type a keyword, title, author, or publisher name in the search field. The future growth and prosperity of the library, as in a democracy, is in the hands of its users, who are encouraged to share their tools with peers using the site’s submission form or by e-mailing attachments or URL links to email@example.com. Through ongoing collaboration, this tool can improve and grow to support the ever-changing information-sharing needs of the farmers market industry.
In addition to learning and sharing in the Resource Library, site visitors are invited to:
- Subscribe to the FMC e-mail listserv to connect with and ask pertinent questions of fellow market managers, sponsors, and vendors from around the country
- View the national Event Calendar featuring state, regional, and national workshops and conferences
- Join FMC’s growing movement by becoming a member using the new on-line membership form
- Support FMC with a tax-deductible donation
The web site redesign was made possible with support from the Wallace Center at Winrock International and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, as well as from the generous contribution of many documents to the resource library from individuals and organizations across the country.