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…

Hawaii Farming’s Uncertain Future

  Source: Hawaiibusiness.com Hawaii’s farmers can’t catch a break. Rat lungworm has accelerated difficult changes in local farming. One local leader predicts a quarter of Hawaii’s produce farms will be out of business in a few years. They are already battered by high land and energy costs, intense competition from Mainland imports and their own…

Food Safety and Iowa Regulation Training

Iowa State University has prepared a workshop that will address Iowa regulations and licensing as well as food safety from preparation to the point-of-sale. Maximum 30 participants can register for each location and registration is free. Lunch and refreshments provided. Time 8am-5pm. For more information contact Dr. Shannon Coleman, (515) 294-9011, scoleman@iastate.edu

Hawaii’s First Agriculture Tech Hackathon Provides Solutions to Challenges Facing Hawaii Agriculture

  SOURCE: Coffeetalk.com Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism issued the following news release: The AGathon, Hawaii’s first agriculture-tech hackathon, wrapped up over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend with 10 teams participating. Four teams were recognized for outstanding solutions to problems currently facing Hawaii agriculture. In first place, the Harvest Vision…

WHEELS UP─A MATURING FARMING BUSINESS MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Have you been farming for more than 3 Years? Are you ready to move from your start-up “Survive” business model to a better “Thriving Business” model? Do you have an established farming operation but need to improve your management and profitability in a specific management area? A new training program, “Wheels Up”, offered in partnership…

Bellevue Moms Launched A Weekly Farmers Market That’s More Than Just A Place To Buy Produce

3 minute interview Venczel, a stay-at-home mom, said she and two friends — Erika McAfee and Kim Reed — decided to harness that energy last spring. During an April brainstorming session of a Bellevue parents’ group, one idea stood out: a farmer’s market. The three friends decided to go for it. It would be a…

Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Arkansas Farmers Market Bag Program

The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) and Farm Credit are partnering for the third annual Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Arkansas Farmers Market Bag Program. These programs administered by the AAD help build awareness of farmers market locations and offerings and are funded by Farm Credit. CLICK HERE for an online application. They are…

Notes from the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

by Dar Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org In truth, my favorite farmers market conferences are those that also include solid tracks for farmers. Having both groups in one place, able to peek into various sessions and use the social time to hear from their peers usually on the other side of the table is…

Holly Springs Farmers Market: Connecting Farmers to Consumers

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from Holly Springs Farmers Market! We’re taking over FMC’s Instagram this week to share with you a look into our market. The market is loved by our community, and for good reason!  As a new “visitor”, there are a few things you ought to know to fully appreciate the market that surrounds…

Hawaii Legislature (SB2398) Farmers Market dollar-for-dollar matching program for SNAP recipients

  CLICK HERE to view source. SB 2398 A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII: SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables is an integral part of a healthy diet and central to the…