(DE) Sen. Carper visits local farm to highlight wins for Delaware in Farm Bill

Liz Comiskey July 20, 2018

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) was in Harrington Tuesday morning to highlight the passage of an amendment in the Farm Bill aimed at helping agricultural producers improve operations on their farms in Delaware. The amendment allows farmers in the beginning stages to apply for conservation funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). With the new…

See you at Summit: Leigh Hallett

Allie Vrtachnik July 19, 2018

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Leigh Hallett: Leigh Hallett is the Executive Director of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets runs statewide programs that help sustain Maine farms, connect market farmers, strengthen farmers’ markets, and widen access to locally-grown food for all. Leigh has been the Executive Director since 2014,…

See you at Summit: David Smiley

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, David Smiley: David Smiley is the Local Food Campaign Program Coordinator for ASAP. His work includes facilitating the operations of the Local Food Guide and Appalachian Grown branding program, and providing marketing, promotions, and technical assistance to farms, businesses, and tailgate markets. David is the former market manager for…

See you at Summit: Adrienne Akers

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Adrienne Akers: Adrienne Akers is the Market Manager of Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market (KDFM) in Kokomo, IN. After experiences working as a grant writer, interning in a DC museum, learning about native plants at a restoration nursery, working in a library, and as a teacher, Adrienne became familiar with the…

See you at Summit: Erin Molnar

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Erin Molnar: Erin Molnar is the Director of Local Food Programs at Countryside Conservancy, a non-profit in northeastern Ohio dedicated to connecting people, food, and land. Her first role at Countryside was on-site support for its farmers’ market; her passion for and understanding of local agriculture and food production, coupled…

See you at Summit: Corey Chatman

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Corey Chatman: Corey Chatman is a program manager at the Experimental Station, a not-for-profit incubator of innovative cultural projects and small-scale enterprises located on the south side of Chicago. He began working there on healthy food access projects in the early part of 2010. One of his first projects…

See you at Summit: Colleen Donovan

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Colleen Donovan: After 15 years of direct support and research, Colleen Donovan became the Executive Director of the Washington State Farmers Market Association in June 2018. Working at nonprofits, Washington State University, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and as an independent contractor, she has helped lead statewide farmers market surveys and data tracking,…

New Information Regarding Novo Dia Group Shutdown

Honesta Romberger July 16, 2018

EDIT: this blog post (the information below the dotted line) was posted July 16, 2018. Since then, FMC published a ‘Novo Dia Group Shutdown Info Page’ where impacted markets and farmers, as well as leaders and organizations keeping an eye on the issue can go to find the latest news, updates, statements, FAQs, fundraisers, advocacy efforts, and…

St. Louis, Michigan to Proclaim National Farmers Market Week

Allie Vrtachnik July 13, 2018

by Allie Vrtachnik, FMC Program Associate | allie@farmersmarketcoalition.org Michigan’s St. Louis Farmers Market is getting the ball rolling for National Farmers Market Week (August 5-11) by securing a city-recognized proclamation! This will be the first time National Farmers Market Week is proclaimed in the city of St. Louis. As an FMC member, Market Manager Linda…

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste

Emma Hansen July 9, 2018

In celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week, Texas Farmers’ Market and Austin Resource Recovery, are proud to present a screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste at Austin Film Society. Following the screening on August 7th, there will be a panel discussion with Joe Diffie of Joe’s Organics, Tim Welch of Emmer & Rye, Jessica Brown of TFM’s composting program and Gena McKinley of Austin…