Champions for Health in the South

According to a recent report, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Vermont rank as the healthiest states in the nation. The bottom three? Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. That’s not a surprise, says Jay Maddock, a professor of public health at Texas A&M University. In southern states, Americans are more likely to die prematurely from a wide variety of chronic conditions.…

Arizona: Small Food Conference March 8, 2018

  Click here for tickets and more info. Prescott Farmers Market and Yavapai College are co-sponsoring the first-ever Small Food Conference on March 8, 2018 to support farmers market vendors’ businesses. Workshops will help vendors attract more customers and explore small business basics. We invite local and regional experts (including current market vendors) to lead workshops…

InTents Conference is Intent on Increasing Profits at Farmers Markets

The annual InTents Conference helps small farmers and food makers increase profits and reduce stress by honing their farmers’ market business skills. Sessions cover inventory management, costing, packaging, marketing, effective displays, staff training, expansion funding and more on February 26th and 27th in San Diego, California, with an additional day of sessions on Sunday, February 25th specifically for start ups. Limited to 350 attendees from throughout…

Roslindale Farmers Market: Keeping the Farm Fresh Food Coming

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Roslindale Farmers Market! We are taking over FMC’s Instagram for the duration of two weeks to share with you a look into our market. Our market is loved by our community – and for good reason! As a new “visitor” at our market, there are a few things you ought…

Maine farmers hit with new federal food safety rules

“One of the faults of the law is that there could potentially be a lot of infrastructure needs necessary, yet there’s no mechanism for grants for farms to get in compliance with it,” Colson said. “Eventually, this will affect every farmer. If you had an inspector who came onto the farm and saw things they…

Farm Service Agency County Committees slots available in Alabama

The FSA (Farm Service Agency) released a notice highlighting 47 counties in 17 states — including Baldwin, Escambia, Dallas or Monroe Counties in Alabama — that need an additional Socially Disadvantaged farmer to serve on the FSA County Committees to achieve fair representation for certain counties with high % of farmers of color/women. See https://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_Notice/ao_1696.pdf If you…

Count Down to National Farmers Market Week 2018!

One of the more frequent questions we get throughout the winter months is “When is National Farmers Market Week?” This year, the answer is August 5-11, 2018! The annual celebration has always fell on the first full week of August, since its debut 19 years ago. Below are a few more FAQs about our favorite…

Leverage the Strengths of Your Farmers Market

Plan to attend a one-day topic and development conference for farmers markets on Wednesday, March 7 in Salamanca! Registration begins at 9:15; workshops begin at 10 am. Lots of timely topics, excellent presenters, and loads of time for questions and group discussion. Contact Kimberly LaMendola for more details and to RSVP: klamendola@southerntierwest.org or 716-945-5301 x2211

Alaska: 2 Week Farming Intensive July 22 – August 4, 2018

START A FARM. RUN A HOMESTEAD. BUILD COMMUNITY. Get the growing knowledge and hands-on production and business planning skills to launch a small-scale farm or home garden through TWO WEEKS of intensive farming education at Calypso Farm and Ecology Center. The Farming Intensive is a highly condensed version of Calypso’s 5-month Farmer Training Program, giving…