Darlene Wolnik

Training and Technical Assistance Director

Darlene Wolnik (Wahl-nik) has been a national advocate and trainer for farmers markets for more than two decades. Her pre-market career contained extensive community organizing initiatives and innovative small business projects before serving as the Deputy Director for New Orleans-based Market Umbrella. While on staff at MU, she designed and ran the organization’s Marketshare project, one of the first technical assistance and resource sites for markets in the US. Since 2011, Darlene has consulted for dozens of projects on market design, operations, data collection, and analysis. She authored the 2013 Vermont Market Currency Feasibility Report, the 2014 Local Food Awareness Report for Gulfport MS, a multitude of FMC articles including the 2017 “Counting Visitors At Markets” and the 2018 “Designing Effective, Scalable Data Collection Tools to Measure Farmers Market Impacts”  published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development  (JAFSCD). Darlene joined FMC as staff in 2015 and as of 2019 oversees all training and technical assistance projects including the GusNIP Training and Technical Assistance for Farm Direct sites, the Metrics platform, and the FM Legal Toolkits. She lives in New Orleans.

pronouns: she / her / hers

Darlene can be reached at darlene@farmersmarketcoalition.org.