Oregon Farmers Markets Association (OFMA) Enlists New Talent for 2008

Stacy April 10, 2008

Cottage Grove (April 2, 2008) – The Oregon Farmers Markets Association’s (OFMA) Board of Directors met for a two day retreat in late March to re-establish its Board of Directors and plan the future of the 20 year old organization. The new 12 member Board of Directors includes market managers, farmers, community advocates and government…

National Good Food Network: Request for Proposals

Stacy April 4, 2008

Seed Funding for Moving Good Food into Larger-Scale Markets Wallace Center seeks regional leaders for National Good Food Network The Wallace Center at Winrock International seeks proposals from organizations and collaborative efforts ready to serve as Regional Lead Teams (RLT) in the National Good Food Network. This emerging network supports and integrates nonprofit and for-profit…

FM Summit Proceedings Available

Stacy March 24, 2008

Staff at USDA Agricultural Marketing Service have been hard at work since November’s first ever National Farmers Market Summit, and the final draft of the Summit Proceedings Report is now available at their web site. Visit the National Farmers Market Summit Proceedings Report to read about the 12 priorities identified by the 75 Summit participants,…

Training: How to Create Successful Markets

Stacy February 16, 2008

To be truly successful, markets need four crucial elements: the right mix of vendors and products; a strong sense of place; solid economic and operational underpinnings; and a firm commitment to the surrounding community. The Project for Public Spaces will host a How to Create Successful Markets training course on May 16-17, 2008. Through this…

Funding Opportunity: Commodity Partnerships Small Sessions Program

Stacy February 14, 2008

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), operating through the Risk Management Agency (RMA), announces the availability of approximately $500,000 (subject to availability of funds) for Commodity Partnerships for Small Agricultural Risk Management Education Sessions (Commodity Partnerships Small Sessions Program). The purpose of this cooperative partnership agreement program is to deliver training and information in the…

Market Manager Workshop to be Held in Rochester, NY

Stacy February 13, 2008

On March 6th – 8th, the New York Farmers’ Market Federation is sponsoring a professional farmers’ market managers training program in Rochester, New York. The workshop is sponsored by USDA SARE Professional Development Program and represents the second in a three-year series of workshops. The goal of the program is to develop the skills of…

AMS Announces 2008 FMPP Funding Opportunity

Stacy February 11, 2008

AMS has approximately $1 million in competitive grant funds for fiscal year (FY) 2008 to increase domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The maximum award per grant is $75,000. No matching funds are required. The grant application is due March 24th. Although the grant is called the Farmers Market Promotion…

Indiana Offers Specialty Crop Marketing Grants

Stacy February 6, 2008

On January 30th, 2008, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) announced the availability of specialty crop grant funds made possible by the Specialty Crop Block Grant provided by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). Through four different programs, ISDA seeks to increase specialty crop marketing opportunities. All are provided at no cost to producers.…

Farmers’ Market Vouchers Boost Produce Consumption Among WIC Participants, Study Finds

Stacy January 18, 2008

Jan 16, 2008 A study in this month’s American Journal of Public Health suggests that participants in the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) consume more fruits and vegetables when they shop at farmers’ markets rather than grocery stores, the New York Times reports. To evaluate the efficacy of produce…

Farmers' Market Vouchers Boost Produce Consumption Among WIC Participants, Study Finds

Stacy

Jan 16, 2008 A study in this month’s American Journal of Public Health suggests that participants in the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) consume more fruits and vegetables when they shop at farmers’ markets rather than grocery stores, the New York Times reports. To evaluate the efficacy of produce…