MFMA: Spring Conference & Annual Meeting, March 21st, 2018

MFMA’s Spring conference and annual meeting will be held Wednesday, March 21st from 8 am- 5 pm. Minnesota market managers and vendors will be in attendance to learn about featured topics such as: Cottage food law FSMA Produce Safety Rule SNAP and market bucks For more conference information, visit MFMA’s Facebook page. Tickets go on…

Year-end Roundup: Utah Double-Up

This summer Utahns Against Hunger (UAH) provided funding to 25 farmers markets and farm stand to participate in the statewide SNAP-match produce incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). During the 2017 market season, the Double Up program had over 5,600 transactions, with more than $70,000 in SNAP sales and $46,000 in DUFB incentives redeemed…

Farmers Market Business Planning: Taking Your Market to the Next Level

Whether you are considering starting a farmers market, or have been operating one for 20 years, working through the exercise of creating (or updating) a business plan is useful. It will help you (and your stakeholders, such as board, volunteers, steering committee and/or sponsors) understand what role your farmers market plays in the community, whether…

Farmers Market Boot Camp: Six Events Will Be Held Across Tennessee in January & February 2018

Via The Knoxville Focus: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Farmers who want to pursue their dream of starting a food business can learn how to turn that dream into reality at six Farmers Market Boot Camps to be held across Tennessee in January and February. The workshops will be taught by specialists from the University of Tennessee…

2018 Great Plains Growers Conference: Jan. 11th- 13th

“The Great Plains Growers Conference (GPGC) is a combination of two great conferences:  Great Plains Vegetable Conference and Mid-America Fruit Conference.  The three-day conference features presentations by knowledgeable speakers from throughout the nation. The conference showcases educational information from all five states:  Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota, along with vegetable specialists and growers from those…

USDA Survey Reports Latest Hawaii Agriculture Statistics

Via Big Island Now: The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released survey findings for Hawai‘i’s agriculture industry production and sales during the 2016 and 2017 season. [Keep reading]

Local seeds for local needs: farmers launch sales of seeds grown in Hawaii

Hawai‘i Seed Growers Network has launched an online store to sell locally produced seeds cultivated by the network’s experienced growers. Customers can choose from artisanal varieties of peppers, beans, herbs, and flowers which are well adapted to Hawai‘i’s growing conditions. This project was funded in part by Hawaii Department of Agriculture under the USDA Specialty…

GoFarm Hawaiʻi receives funding to continue training future farmers

Via University of Hawai’i News: The University of Hawaiʻi’s successful farmer-training program GoFarm Hawaiʻi has received $600,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. The additional funding will allow GoFarm Hawaiʻi to continue training aspiring farmers to increase local agricultural production. GoFarm Hawaiʻi…

Where’s the beef (from)? Hawaii public school lunches go local

Via Hawaii News Now: HONOLULU – Hawaii’s effort to grow its own food is taking a step forward as public school students are being served locally-grown beef for the first time in decades. It’s part of “Farm to School” initiative in which local, grass-fed ground beef will be served during the month of December. Elementary…

With pineapple and sugar production gone, Hawaii weighs its agricultural future

Via the Washington Post: KAHULUI, Maui — Tens of thousands of abandoned acres of farmland lie fallow on this island, cemeteries of Hawaii’s defunct plantation era, which met its end last year when the state’s last remaining sugar grower shut down an operation that had run for 146 years. Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.’s sprawling…