USDA reopens application period for producers recovering from disasters

Honesta Romberger June 8, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE – May 31, 2018 Signup Begins June 4 for Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural…

New, interactive North Dakota local foods map

Allie Vrtachnik June 7, 2018

North Dakota Department of Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring announced the new, interactive local foods map that will help connect consumers to North Dakota grown foods and products. Featured on the map are layers for farmers markets, farm sales, roadside stands, CSA, u-picks, vineyards, produce donations, etc. Questions about the map should be directed to Local…

Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program funding available through Nov. 1st

Allie Vrtachnik

According to Kansas’s 740 the Fan, “Low-income Kansas seniors may be eligible for a program that provides money to purchase fresh produce and honey at farmers markets throughout the state. The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (KSFMNP) is providing low-income seniors who meet age and income requirements with $30 in checks to buy fresh…

UPDATE: Small Wins in Senate for Farmers Markets

Honesta Romberger June 6, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Specialist | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org With the Senate Appropriations Committee’s recent approval of the FY 2019 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, the farmers market industry received a piece of good news. Key federal farmers market programs such as the Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, and both the WIC and…

Youth Food & Farm Forum December 7-8 Nauvoo, AL

Darlene Wolnik June 5, 2018

Alabama Sustainable Agricultural Network (ASAN) will be holding a Youth Food & Farm Forum, to be held this year in conjunction with their (adult) 2018 Food & Farm Forum, December 7-8 at Camp McDowell in Nauvoo, AL. The Food & Farm Forum is the primary annual gathering of ASAN’s statewide network of farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and…

Time for the 2018 The Eat Local New Orleans Challenge

Darlene Wolnik June 1, 2018

The Eat Local New Orleans Challenge is challenging YOU to go 30 days in June eating only foods grown, caught, or raised within a 200-mile radius of New Orleans to raise awareness of the nutritional, economic, environmental and cultural benefits of eating locally sourced foods. Local Foods Guide Here Calendar of Events Here Sign Up…

Please share: Online consumer survey (MD, NY, VT)

Darlene Wolnik

The Farmers Market Federation of NY, partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, NOFA VT, Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculture (CISA) in Massachusetts, the Maryland Farmers Market Association and University of Maryland Extension, has been awarded a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub-award number…

Kansas markets and partners behind new Double-Up program

Allie Vrtachnik May 31, 2018

KSN reports: “According to Feeding America, one in eight people are struggling with hunger in Kansas. Sunflower Health Plan has partnered with the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita and the YMCA to offer the Double Up Food Bucks program. The program is for any family or individual who participates in SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.…

West Virginia State Parks to host summer, farm-to-table dinners

Allie Vrtachnik May 29, 2018

This summer, 8 West Virginia State Parks will host farm-tp-table dinners to encourage state park visits and promote local foods. “The dinners are scheduled between June 14 and Sept. 27 and are hosted by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), West Virginia Farmers Market  Association (WVFMA), West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR) and West…

Gotta Move That Market? It Can Be Done.

Darlene Wolnik May 28, 2018

by Darlene Wolnik. darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org   Here is a great article from Catt Fields White who is the founder and CEO of the San Diego Markets, on a recent 4-year “temporary”  move for one of her markets, Little Italy Mercato. As she says in here, “Cue muffled sobs.” The “pod” idea explained in the article is interesting and I…