Community Orchard Project Funds available through USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant

Allie Vrtachnik November 9, 2018

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that grant funds are available to begin a community or school orchard/garden project. Grants from $500 to $7,500 will be available on a competitive basis. These grants are funded through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant award. Some of the goals that we hope schools…

Ugly Food of the North Donates 21k+ Pounds of Local Food in 2018

Allie Vrtachnik

“Ugly Food of the North was founded on educating our local community about the global problem of food waste. In the United States, it is estimated that 40% of food resources go to waste each year, resulting in an economic loss of over $165 billion a year. While thousands of fresh, healthy local food go to…

Spotlight on the Swarthmore Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik November 8, 2018

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Swarthmore 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…

Spotlight on Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the Downtown Salt Lake City 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…

FMC Announces 2nd Round of SNAP Mini-Grants

Honesta Romberger

Earlier this month, we announced the first recipients of FMC’s SNAP Mini-Grant Program, and opened up the program to applicants nationwide. The program was created to aid farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers impacted by the impending shutdown of Novo Dia Group, the country’s largest processor of SNAP EBT at farmers markets. After more careful consideration, we are…

See You at Summit: Dar Wolnik

Allie Vrtachnik November 7, 2018

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Dar Wolnik:   Darlene Wolnik is FMC’s Senior Research Associate. A national advocate and trainer for farmers markets, Dar has worked in the field for over fifteen years. Her background contains both extensive community organizing initiatives and innovative small business projects. She managed markets for for New Orleans-based Market…

FMC 2018 State of the Market Organization Survey

Honesta Romberger

CLICK HERE to take the survey We want to learn more about your market organization! Each year, FMC receives scores of questions from market organizations, researchers, reporters, and funders seeking more information about how farmers markets across the country operate. Will you take a few minutes to complete FMC’s 2018 State of the Market Organization online survey?…

Strategies for Success at Rural Farmers Markets

Liz Comiskey November 1, 2018

Are you a grower selling at rural farmers markets? Curious to learn about resources and tools available to help you grow your market presence? Join Penn State Extension and The Food Trust for a free workshop about rural farmers markets. This workshop will cover pricing strategies and resources for farmers, techniques for how to best connect with your customers, and an…

NOFA-VT Executive Director Enid Wonnacott Steps Down

Darlene Wolnik October 31, 2018

Enid Wonnacott has tallied many accomplishments over 30-plus years as executive director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. In 1987, her 10-hour-per-week job came with one filing cabinet and a milk crate filled with paperwork. Since then, Wonnacott has built the nonprofit into a 20-person team supported by a $2.8 million budget. NOFA-VT has…

Farm Bill Update: Countdown to the Midterm Election

Honesta Romberger October 22, 2018

by Ben Feldman, FMC Policy Director | ben@farmersmarketcoalition.org We are now 22 days past the expiration date of the 2014 Farm Bill, and with both chambers of Congress now on recess through the midterm elections, critical food and agriculture programs remain in limbo. The hope is still that Congress can pass a farm bill during the…