FMC Analysis: Why the 2018 Farm Bill is Good for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger December 13, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org After months of inaction and political maneuvering, Congress has hit the gas on the farm bill, introducing the Farm Bill Conference Report late Monday night, and then holding votes in both the Senate and House on Tuesday and Wednesday. The report represents the final compromise between the…

Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets, Family Farmers, & Local Food

Honesta Romberger December 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Honesta Romberger Email: ​​honesta@farmersmarketcoalition.org Phone: 717-443-8723   Farm Bill Good for Farmers Markets, Family Farmers, and Local Food December 11, 2018 – After months of delay and disagreement, Congress finally released the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, the compromise between the House and Senate versions, late Monday night. In a surprise…

2018 FMC Board of Directors Slate of Candidates

Liz Comiskey December 7, 2018

Members of the Board of Directors are FMC member volunteers with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets and local food, who support the FMC mission of strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities. Please read the candidate biographies below and get ready to vote on January 8, 2019 after our…

How Farmers Markets Can Respond to the Romaine Lettuce Scare

Honesta Romberger December 5, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Just prior to Thanksgiving, the CDC and FDA took the unusual step of warning shoppers to avoid all romaine lettuce, stating “Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away.” The advice came as a response…

Save the Date: VAFMA 7th Annual Conference, Nov. 13-15, 2019

Allie Vrtachnik November 29, 2018

Save the Date: VAFMA 7th Annual Farmers Market Conference Shenandoah Region – Staunton, VA November 13 – 15, 2019 More info TBD.

FMC Perspective: Food Safety at Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger November 16, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org You may have seen the recent study released by Penn State University on food safety at farmers markets. As the study gained attention from various news outlets, members and supporters reached out to us with concerns about the way it was being reported. Some news stories contained…

Help Us Make Markets, Farmers, & Communities Stronger

Honesta Romberger November 12, 2018

Twelve years ago, the Farmers Market Coalition began as a small group of farmers market managers, coming together to support the growing movement dedicated to local food. Since then, FMC has expanded into a diverse network of leaders from every state, and a resource center for local food professionals. We have become a powerful voice for farmers markets,…

Allegheny Mountain Institute 18 month Fellowship Applications Available

Allie Vrtachnik November 9, 2018

Now in its eighth year, Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system. AMI Fellows spend six months in immersive training on our mountain farm campus (Phase I) and one year in service work with AMI and food…

Lynchburg Community Market awarded by Virginia Recreation & Park Society for the We Got the Beet Program

Allie Vrtachnik

Jennifer Kennedy, Lynchburg Community Market Manger, attended the VRPS: Virginia Recreation & Park Society awards and We Got The Beet won 3 awards: Most Innovative Marketing Strategy for the Beet Mascot, Most Innovative Marketing Piece for the We Got The Beet song and music video, and Best Health and Wellness Initiative! Wait to go Jennifer and the…

Community Orchard Project Funds available through USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that grant funds are available to begin a community or school orchard/garden project. Grants from $500 to $7,500 will be available on a competitive basis. These grants are funded through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant award. Some of the goals that we hope schools…