The Importance of Integrity in the Face of Growth

Stacy July 20, 2008

by Don Wambles, FMC President As I look at news of weather related disasters across the country from floods, droughts, and tornadoes, I am reminded of the extremely difficult circumstances that our farmers deal with to provide us with food and fiber. Their resilience, even in the face of adversity, their hope for a better…

Multiple Listings Can Maximize Market Reach

Stacy

Now is the time to make sure your farmers market is listed in the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) national directory of farmers markets. Staff at AMS are currently updating the directory with the intention of announcing a new official number of farmers markets on or before Farmers Market Week. If you represent a farmers…

Free Resource Guides Available

Stacy

Just in time for National Farmers Market Week, the Wallace Center has announced a second printing of their popular spiral bound farmers market resource guides, initially released late last fall. “Getting Started with Farmers Markets” is a colorful introduction to product diversity, display, pricing, and marketing techniques for vendors. “Recruiting Vendors for a Farmers Market”…

Crafts or No Crafts?: One Market’s Approach to Balancing Diversity and Integrity

Stacy July 18, 2008

It is generally agreed that product diversity at a farmers market attracts shoppers, and as time-conscious consumers, we all understand the value of one-stop shopping. Handiwork from local artisans and craftspeople can complement food products, reinforce in consumers’ minds the market as THE place to go for all things locally produced and potentially increase all…

New List-Serv Connects New England’s Farmers Markets

Stacy July 9, 2008

South Deerfield, MA — Farmers’ markets from all over New England are now able to communicate by email thanks to a new list-serv, the New England Farmers’ Market Exchange (NEFME) launched this week by Cooperative Development Institute (CDI). “The response has been incredible,” says Lynda Brushett, CDI Senior Cooperative Development Specialist, “Markets are discussing everything…

New List-Serv Connects New England's Farmers Markets

Stacy

South Deerfield, MA — Farmers’ markets from all over New England are now able to communicate by email thanks to a new list-serv, the New England Farmers’ Market Exchange (NEFME) launched this week by Cooperative Development Institute (CDI). “The response has been incredible,” says Lynda Brushett, CDI Senior Cooperative Development Specialist, “Markets are discussing everything…

Funding Opportunity for Food Safety Research

Stacy June 26, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) maintains an active intramural research program. The extramural program endeavors to support novel research efforts, expertise, and resources not found within CFSAN. In particular, it is intended that any additional extramural research efforts in food safety will complement the Center’s intramural…

Pennsylvania Agricultural & Rural Youth Grant

Stacy

The purpose of the Agriculture and Rural Youth Grant Program is to fund projects, which will increase the knowledge and awareness of agricultural and rural issues in Pennsylvania, in particular, among the youth of Pennsylvania. The Program awards direct grants up to $2,500 and matching grants up to $10,000. Eligible youth organizations are those which…

Pennsylvania Agricultural & Rural Youth Grant

Stacy

The purpose of the Agriculture and Rural Youth Grant Program is to fund projects, which will increase the knowledge and awareness of agricultural and rural issues in Pennsylvania, in particular, among the youth of Pennsylvania. The Program awards direct grants up to $2,500 and matching grants up to $10,000. Eligible youth organizations are those which…

Funding Opportunity: Leopold Center Grant Program

Stacy

The Leopold Center is seeking pre-proposals for its grant program. The Center’s work is organized in three initiative areas—ecology, marketing and food systems, and policy—each aimed at enhancing the condition and viability of Iowa’s natural resources in varying, yet integrated ways. These three initiatives have separate sections in the RFP. Investigators representing any Iowa nonprofit…