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…

Farm Bill Update: Tell Congress You Love LAMP!

Honesta Romberger

I hope you all had a great National Farmers Market Week! I know I did. You can read more about all the amazing NFMW activities in FMC’s post here. Now that the week is over, and the storm has calmed regarding the worst of the Novo Dia situation, we need you to turn your attention…

$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…

See you at Summit: Jen Cheek

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Jen Cheek:   Jen Cheek is the Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. Previously working in urban planning and landscape architecture, Jen Cheek has collaborated with the National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous nonprofit and private organizations to create civic meeting spaces, preserve natural areas, and design…

See you at Summit: Brian Coppom

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Brian Coppom: Brian Coppom is the Executive Director of the Boulder County Farmers Markets. Brian, his wife, and their three children are residents of Longmont, Colorado – a small and formerly-ag community outside of Boulder. His work history is primarily made up of working in small or entrepreneurial organizations in various roles. Prior to…

See you at Summit: Marian Weaver

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Marian Weaver: Marian Weaver is the Program Manager for FMC’s Farmers Market Metrics, a system designed to empower market managers and leaders to collect data and transform that data into actionable metrics. She has spent the past two years engaging directly with market leaders across the country, offering technical assistance…

See you at Summit: Lihlani Nelson

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Lihlani Nelson:   Lihlani Nelson is the Associate Director at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS). She is originally from Boston, and received her BA from Harvard in Human Evolutionary Biology. She has a background in agriculture and food systems, having recently received a dual masters from UW Madison…

See you at Summit: Emily Spiegel

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Emily Spiegel: Emily Spiegel is the Assistant Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School. Before joining the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School in 2017, Emily was a consultant and law fellow at the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. She has been an International Agricultural…

Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge Offers $145K in Startup Funds for Entrepreneurs

Darlene Wolnik

The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, today opened online applications for its 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 including: •   Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award and $15,000 (chosen by judges), for a total of $30,000 •    People’s Choice award and $10,000 (chosen by public vote), for a total of $25,000…

Congrats to the Jamestown Public Market, winner of Farmspread’s NFMW Directory Contest!

Allie Vrtachnik August 15, 2018

New York’s Jamestown Public Market was just announced as the Farmspread NFMW Contest winner! By claiming the Jamerstown Public Market market profile on Farmspread and adding the market to the NFMW page directory, the market was entered into the NFMW contest and randomly selected as the recipient of one, free Farmspread season! Over 205 markets were represented on…