New Farmers Guide: Cultivating Success at Farmers Markets

A new guide written by Shelly G. Keller and Randii MacNear of the Davis Farmers Market addresses the need for training and marketing assistance, especially for beginning farmers. The guide covers nearly every aspect of selling at farmers markets and includes worksheets to help farmers evaluate prospective farmers markets and budget for the costs of selling at farmers markets.

http://www.davisfarmersmarket.org/new-farmers-guide

Learn to Shop for Healthy Affordable Food on a Budget

The Shopping Matters Program, sponsored by the non-profit Share Our Strength and managed by Chef Greg Silverman, is a guided grocery store tour that teaches individuals how to read labels, compare unit prices, and compare various forms of fruits and vegetables. Tours are led by experts in the field, including culinary and health professionals, and challenge participants to buy groceries to make a healthy meal for a family of four with only $10.

http://join.strength.org/site/PageNavigator/SOS/SOS_ofl_shoppingmatters_home

USDA Launches Toolkit Aimed for Latinos

In May 2012 the USDA launched a new, interactive Spanish toolkit, La Mesa Completa. The toolkit aims to help community leaders and faith-based communities become knowledgeable on the many ways they can work with USDA to ensure Latinos have access to nutrition programs; it includes links, best practices, and video testimonies. A recording of the webinar that launched the toolkit is available in Spanish.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/outreach/getinvolved/documents/pastor_toolkit.pdf

Webinar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_3vgSeOqnI&feature=youtu.be

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the launch of a food hub guide, a new USDA tool to bolster expansion of market opportunities for small and mid-sized U.S. producers. This resource was developed in partnership with the Wallace Center at Winrock International, the National Good Food Network, the National Association of Produce Market Managers, and the Project for Public Spaces, as part of the National Food Hub Collaboration.

http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/usda-food-hub-resource-guide/

Food for Thought by Sesame Street: Bilingual Multimedia Tools Help Cash-Strapped Parents of Young Children

Food for Thought, a resource from SesameStreet.org, is a bilingual multimedia program designed to help families who have children ages 2 to 8 and lack access to affordable and healthy food.   Learn strategies for coping with food insecurity and get tips for teaching children healthy eating habits.

http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/food

Connecting Corporate Supply Chains with Small Business to Diversify and Innovate

Supplier Connection, a free online portal created by the IBM Foundation and part of the Obama Administration’s American Supplier Initiative, helps connect small businesses to private sector supply chains.  It aims to address four key challenge areas for small businesses: access to mentorship and counseling services, increased market and revenue opportunities, ready sources of capital to fund their growth, and a highly skilled workforce.

https://www.supplier-connection.net/SupplierConnection/index.html

EAT4Health

Everybody at the Table for Health (EAT4Health) is a three-year national leadership development initiative to encourage the federal food policy advocacy ecosystem to be more inclusive of low-income and people of color communities, responsive to grassroots needs and ideas and effective in strengthening community well-being.  Visit EAT4Health’s website to learn more about this initiative and how community-based organizing groups and national advocacy organizations can apply for funding. 

http://www.eat4healthpartners.org/

New Federal Planting Map Reflects Warming

The U.S. Department of Agriculture updated their colorful Plant Hardiness Zone Map, a useful tool for gardeners and researchers, which shows a warmer 21st century. Using better weather data and more interactive technology, the online map has 26 zones that are searchable by zip code. Entire states, including Ohio, Nebraska and Texas, are now in warmer zones.

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2105366,00.html

Access to Healthy Food Toolkit

PolicyLink introduces four tools addressing Access to Healthy Food in their Equitable Development Toolkit: Grocery Store Development, Corner Stores, Farmers’ Markets, and Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens. These tools address efforts focused on serving low-income communities and communities of color to increase access to healthy, fresh, affordable food.

http://www.policylink.org/site/c.lkIXLbMNJrE/b.7634003/k.519E/Access_to_Healthy_Food.htm

Urban Design Lab

Urban Design Lab is a joint collaboration between the Laboratory of the Earth Institute and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Prevention at Columbia University. Their research projects look at an integrated regional foodshed in the Northeast and use data to analyze processing and transportation systems while increasing access to fresh food. 

http://www.urbandesignlab.columbia.edu/?pid=national_foodshed

National Good Food Network

The National Good Food Network (NGFN) includes a network of stakeholders from across the country that are working across the food system to meet the growing demand for healthy, green, fair, affordable food. The NGFN's database includes reports, webinars, case studies, business models, and research dealing with issues related to ‘scaling up’ local food. The website also provides contact information to connect people with regional partners working in the field.

http://www.ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-database