Arkansas Contacts

Arkansas Farmers Market Association

Contact: Beverly Dunaway, President
Phone: 870-213-5785


Northwest Arkansas Farmers’ Market Alliance

Manages the Double Your Dollar program for farmers’ markets in Benton and Washington county which provides a 1:1 match for Senior FMNP and SNAP food purchases.


Heather Friedrich

University of Arkansas. Department of Horticulture

Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability



SNAP Info & Contacts

Current Contractor: Fidelity Information Services, LLC (FIS)

Michele Rodgers
SNAP Outreach Manager
Department of Human Services
(501) 682-8288

For Information on “Double up Food Bucks”, Contact:
Jeremy Adams


Arkansas Ag Department

Arkansas Department of Agriculture 


WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Contact: Cristy Sellers, WIC Director

Phone: (501) 661-2598

Toll Free: 1-800-462-0599



Susan Pfeifer, Health Program Specialist (FMNP)



Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program


Gwen Ervin McLarty, Program Administrator

Phone: (501) 320-6557

FAX: (501) 682-8155


Arkansas News/Case Studies

USDA Farmers Market, Local and Regional Food Systems Grants Announced

Hannah Fuller October 2, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced this week that it has awarded $27 million in grant funding through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and $9.3 million in grant funding through the new Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. The grants fall under the Local Agricultural… Read More

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Fenty June 3, 2020

Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer.… Read More

SSAWG Conference January 23-26, 2019 Little Rock AR

Darlene Wolnik January 18, 2019

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) conference is coming up next week and by all accounts, a wide diversity of farmers and advocates are heading to Little Rock for it. The field trips are all sold out, but short courses, mini courses, and the full conference is still open for registration. The variety of… Read More

From Coast to Coast: A Snapshot of the 2018 Farmers Market Poster Contest

Allie Vrtachnik May 25, 2018

The 2018 National Farmers Market Poster Contest has come to a close, folks! The deadline for poster submissions was May 15th, but you still have till until May 31st to act as a judge for the Fan Favorite award. Your vote counts as a ‘like’ for your local market or favorite submission. Browse the contest… Read More

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Farmland Connections: Sustaining the Legacy of Farming in Northwest Arkansas

Darlene Wolnik March 15, 2018

Farmland is one of our most valuable resources, but many farmers face significant hurdles when it comes to finding available farmland. The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Arkansas Young Farmers Coalition and National Center for Appropriate Technology are partnering to address farmland access and tenure throughout the region. Please join this free event featuring short presentations… Read More

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FREE Little Rock workshop: Running a Great Farmers Market Booth, March 15th

Darlene Wolnik March 1, 2018

FREE Workshop! Done right, a farmers market booth can be low-risk and high reward, whether you sell farm-fresh produce or something completely different. Just in time for the 2018 season, get ideas for a brand-new booth or ways to enhance an established one. Through hands-on exercises, guest presenter Marty Butts will demonstrate low-cost techniques for… Read More

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Manager Hire: Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market, Little Rock, AR

Darlene Wolnik February 9, 2018

  The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market is located in the historic South Main neighborhood just outside of downtown Little Rock, AR. The market is housed in the Bernice Garden, which is privately owned by Anita Davis. The Bernice Garden is a community space that allows visitors to enjoy native plants and art sculptures. The market… Read More

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Champions for Health in the South

Darlene Wolnik February 5, 2018

According to a recent report, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Vermont rank as the healthiest states in the nation. The bottom three? Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. That’s not a surprise, says Jay Maddock, a professor of public health at Texas A&M University. In southern states, Americans are more likely to die prematurely from a wide variety of chronic conditions.… Read More

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Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Arkansas Farmers Market Bag Program

Darlene Wolnik January 25, 2018

The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) and Farm Credit are partnering for the third annual Arkansas Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Arkansas Farmers Market Bag Program. These programs administered by the AAD help build awareness of farmers market locations and offerings and are funded by Farm Credit. CLICK HERE for an online application. They are… Read More

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Arkansas Farmers Market Association Annual Meeting  January 26, 2018

Darlene Wolnik December 26, 2017

Arkansas Farmers Market Association Annual Meeting  January 26, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Headquarters 2301 S University Avenue  Little Rock, AR 72204 This year’s meeting will be unique in its focus on implementing numerous communication technologies to enable market managers to: Get to know each other Learn from one another’s successes and… Read More

2016 FINI Grant Awardees Announced

Honesta Romberger June 10, 2016

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the awardees of $16.8 million in competitive grants to help SNAP (formally food stamps) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food… Read More

**Updated** Congratulations to FMC Member FMPP and FMSSG Awardees!

Liz Comiskey October 9, 2015

The awardees of the 2015 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP), and the first ever Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants (FMSSG) were announced last week! Check out all of the FMC members that were awarded below. Many FMC members will also benefit from grant projects within their community networks; you… Read More

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Help Enhance Food Safety at Farmers Markets

Jen O'Brien March 20, 2015

FMC is collaborating with the University of Arkansas to improve food safety practices at farmers markets by developing educational materials and tools. The researchers need to know what’s working well at your market, and in which areas you could use some support. Taking this brief survey will help Dr. Kristen Gibson, Assistant Professor of Food… Read More