Erik Grimstad & Beth Satterwhite of Even Pull Farm

Allie Vrtachnik March 20, 2018

  Even Pull Farm is the shared dream of Beth Satterwhite and Erik Grimstad. Established in 2014, we farm 3 acres of rented ground in the beautiful Yamhill Valley in Western Oregon. We grow fresh produce and cut flowers for our community, selling to local restaurants, at our local Farmers Market & to a small…

Glenda Yoder

Allie Vrtachnik

Glenda Yoder is the Associate Director of Farm Aid. Farm Aid’s mission is to build a build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Glenda invites people to participate in the culture of agriculture by promoting hands-on experiences of soil, water, food and farming at the annual concert’s HOMEGROWN Village which connect people to…

Guide to Applying for a Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant

Honesta Romberger

by Darlene Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | Each year, FMC fields many calls from markets and vendors asking for advice on how to best approach applying for a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) grant. This post focuses on FMPP, as it is the chief funding for markets interested in promotion, but the other…

Bill May Expand Alaska Food Hub Offerings

Honesta Romberger March 19, 2018

Buying and selling local food online may become easier. A bill in the House would allow Alaskans to sell items with a low potential for food-borne illness without a permit online. It would also make other changes to support local food. [Keep reading]

The What and Why of the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, Part 3: Risk Management

Darlene Wolnik

By Darlene Wolnik, FMC Senior Researcher | In partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, and the Farmers Market Coalition, the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit was developed for market leaders looking for legal tools and resources to help them build resilient farmers markets in their…

Pa. Positions Itself as a Favorable Destination for Alcohol Manufacturers

Liz Comiskey March 16, 2018

Limited distilleries, as well as limited wineries and breweries, are further allowed to obtain an annual farmer’s market permit which allows them the ability to participate in an unlimited number of farmer’s markets throughout the year to offer samples of their products and sales to-go.

Spotlight on St. Augustine Ampitheatre Farmers Market

Allie Vrtachnik

Dear FMC virtual market-goer, Greetings from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre 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…

Bill would provide grants to study, grow disease-tolerant tropical flora

Honesta Romberger

The State Assistance for Tropical Floriculture Research Act of 2018 would allow states to seek grants of at least $250,000 per year to research and develop disease-resistant varieties of tropical flowers. The bill was introduced Feb.16 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. Keep reading:

Hilo Cacao & Chocolate Festival – April 14, 2018

Honesta Romberger

Hilo Cacao & Chocolate Festival Presented by East Hawai‘i Cacao Association Saturday, April 14, 2018 • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, 71 Banyan Dr, Hilo, Hawai‘i Island This event will showcase Hawai‘i’s cacao and chocolate industry. Activities include a chocolate tasting passport, chocolate-making demonstrations, cacao sapling giveaways, silent auction, vendors, educational booths,…

In rural Pennsylvania, poverty creates barriers to healthy food access and federal assistance

Liz Comiskey

Others in the community rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, often called food stamps. According to the U.S. Census, nearly 16,000 Fayette County families are eligible for SNAP. A number of people at the food pantry said they rely heavily on sales and coupons to stretch their dollars. That includes Robert Vansickle, 66, who…