Iowa Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

Emma Hansen October 2, 2018

IFMA annual conference will be held Saturday Feb 2 from 9-5 PM at Grace Lutheran Church  3010 52nd St.  Des Moines, IA.  More information will be released closer to the date of the event. Contact Barbara Ristau at barbr@iastate.edu with any questions.    

How An Expired Farm Bill Could Harm Local Food Programs

Honesta Romberger September 26, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org Last week, USDA announced the recipients of the 2018 Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP). While this is certainly exciting news for the local food community, and we look forward to seeing the great work that grows from each project, the announcement came at a…

National Recreation and Park Association awarded a 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to the National Recreation and Park Association in Ashburn, VA, a recipient of a 2018 USDA FMPP grant! Recipient: National Recreation and Park Association, Ashburn, VA Project Type: Capacity Building Strengthening the Capacity of Local Parks and Recreation to Promote Access to Farmers Markets As trusted public spaces located in nearly every community across…

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc. awarded a 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc., a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc., Overland Park, KS Project Type: Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance Building Direct Market Capacity for Refugee Farmers Wyandotte County, Kansas, consistently ranks at the bottom of counties in the state for health…

Dakota College at Bottineau awarded 2018 FMPP grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to the Dakota College at Bottineau, a 2018 FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: Dakota College at Bottineau, Bottineau, ND Project Type: Community Development, Training, and Technical Assistance Enhancing Consumer Marketing Strategies of North Dakota Farmers Markets and Market Producers Dakota College at Bottineau will increase the capacity of North Dakota Farmers Markets. The state’s changing…

Center of Southwest Culture awarded a 2018 FMPP Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to New Mexico’s Center of Southwest Culture, a 2018 USDA FMPP recipient! Recipient: Center of Southwest Culture, Albuquerque, NM Project Type: Capacity Building Rural NM Marketing Network Land-based, centuries-old Indigenous and Hispanic communities in central and northern New Mexico need alternative economic initiatives to protect their land and water assets while increasing family revenues.…

4-Directions Development, Inc. awarded 2018 FMPP

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to Minnesota’s 4-Directions Development, Inc., a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: 4-Directions Development, Inc., Red Lake, MN Project Type: Capacity Building Gitigaanike – Local foods, local access for a healthy Red Lake Nation. The Red Lake Indian Reservation is located Northwest Minnesota adjacent to the fertile fields of the Red River Valley of…

FRESHFARM awarded a 2018 FMPP USDA Grant

Allie Vrtachnik

Congratulations to FRESHFARM, a 2018 USDA FMPP grant recipient! Recipient: FRESHFARM Markets, Inc., Washington, DC Project Type: Capacity Building Expanding Market Success for New and Emerging Mid-Atlantic Farmers Through Training and Multimedia Promotion For a good grower, establishing him or herself as a successful farmer at market requires both business acumen to promote him or herself…

VAFMA Conference: Nov. 1st and 2nd, 2018

Allie Vrtachnik

VAFMA’s 6th Annual Virginia Farmers Market Conference will be held November 1 & 2, 2018 in the Richmond area. Our annual conference provides an opportunity for dynamic discussions, training, information exchange and peer networking between Virginia’s market managers and other food system stakeholders. This year’s theme focuses on innovative and new ideas that help drive…

Drought causes North Kansas City Farmers Market to close

Allie Vrtachnik

Aug. 18, KSHB reported that the North Kansas Farmers Market would be closing two months earlier than normal market’s season end because of severe drought and the impact it had on farmers’ crops.   Read the full article here.