Campus Farmers Markets Sprout New Roots

by Sarah Johnson As interest in sustainable food systems grows on college campuses nationwide, so do campus farmers markets, bringing college communities together while connecting them with local farmers. Campus farmers markets can play an important role in catalyzing support for agricultural academic programs and initiatives, grounding students’ classwork in real interaction with local food…

Vilsack Announces Number of Farmers Markets Grows to More than 5,200 Nationwide

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on Friday that the number of farmers markets in the United States is up more than 13 percent from a year ago. A recent update of the online Farmers Market Directory lists 5,274 markets nationwide, up from 4,685 reported in 2008.

MIFFS & MIFMA Receive FMPP Grant to Train Managers

A certificate program for market managers will provide training and education as well as networking and information sharing opportunities for market management, focusing on market governance, rules and enforcement, business planning, market growth management and recordkeeping, human relations and conflict management, marketing and outreach, food safety, and fundraising.

MIFFS & MIFMA Receive FMPP Grant to Train Managers

A certificate program for market managers will provide training and education as well as networking and information sharing opportunities for market management, focusing on market governance, rules and enforcement, business planning, market growth management and recordkeeping, human relations and conflict management, marketing and outreach, food safety, and fundraising.

FMC Announces Market Manager Professional Development Mini-Grant Program

The Farmers Market Coalition is excited to announce its new Educational Workshop Grant program, which will offer 15-18 grants of up to $500 each to state and regional farmers markets associations to support farmers market manager and producer trainings.

USDA Launches ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ Initiative

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced a new initiative – ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ – to begin a national conversation to help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity.

USDA Launches 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' Initiative

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced a new initiative – ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ – to begin a national conversation to help develop local and regional food systems and spur economic opportunity.

Hope for a Healthy Nation: New Farmers Market is a Powerful Symbol and Much More

Today, FRESHFARM Markets announced the opening of its newest producer-only farmers market, the ‘FRESHFARM Market, by the White House,’ set to open on September 17th. The market, to be held on Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., will be located in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue NW, between H Street, NW and I Street, NW. At the same time, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan is poised to announce the ‘Know your Farmer, Know your Food’ Initiative (KYF), launching September 14th. This is an unprecedented convergence of support for farmers markets at the national level. The Farmers Market Coalition proudly recognizes the pivotal role that its Board member Bernadine Prince, and Co-Director Ann Yonkers at FreshFarm Markets have played in this momentous achievement.

Value-Added Producer Grants Available

Applications for this round of funding — $18 million is available, enough for approximately 80 project grants – are due by Monday, November 30. Awards will be made in early January.

Ag. Sec. Vilsack Issues National Farmers Market Week Proclamation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today encouraged consumers to visit their local farmers markets in honor of National Farmers Market Week, which will take place from August 2-8.