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

Baltimore Neighborhoods Lack Access to Affordable, Healthy Food

More than a third of Baltimore neighborhoods do not have easy access to healthy and affordable foods.  In response to this latest data from John Hopkins University, city officials and other groups are launching programs to provide healthy food for residents, including highlighting healthy foods at farmer’s markets, creating delivery services and encouraging more grocery store development. 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-food-deserts-map-20120304,0,576008.story

Winter Farmers Markets Expand

The number of winter farmers markets operating between November and March has increased 38 percent since 2010 according to the recently updated National Farmers Market Directory. There are now 1,225 winter markets across the US. New York state claims the top spot with the most winter markets (180). Read the USDA AMS News Release:


http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.fetchTemplateData.do?template=TemplateU&navID=&page=Newsroom&resultType=Details&dDocName=STELPRDC5096043&dID=160927&wf=false&description=Winter+Farmers+Markets+Expand+Now+More+than+1%2C200+Locations+for+Fresh+Local+Foods

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

New Report Confirms Regional Food Systems Create Jobs

The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a new report: Market Forces: Creating jobs through public investment in local and regional food systems.  In the report they question Federal policies that favor industrial agriculture and challenge the expansion of Farmers Markets.  Farmers Markets provide fresh food direct from the farm, improving American diets and generating new jobs.  It is asserted that with modest federal support, Farmers Markets could generate tens of thousands of new jobs.  


http://sustainableagriculture.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/market-forces-report.pdf

New program doubles the value of food stamps at farmers markets in Memphis

GrowMemphis has introduced a new program at participating farmers markets called Double Green$ to give shoppers using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits more purchasing power to increase access to healthy, local, fresh food.  Double Green$ will provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10 for shoppers spending SNAP benefits.  

 
http://memphisfoodpolicy.blogspot.com/2011/08/new-program-double-value-of-food-stamps.html

Use of Direct Marketing Strategies by Farmers and their Impact on the Farm

This report, from the April 2011 Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and written by Hiroki Uematsu and Ashok Mishra, looks at factors affecting the total number of direct marketing strategies adopted by farmers.

http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/105457/2/mishra%20workshop%20paper%20-%20current.pdf

Fair Food Network

Fair Food Network is a non-profit, based in Ann Arbor Michigan, that is focused on building a more sustianable and just food system. Their resource page includes food access related links to reports, case studies, and policy and advocacy tools.

http://www.fairfoodnetwork.org/resources

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

USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

The FNS research webpage includes resources on the SNAP (food stamp) program, WIC, food insecurity, nutrition education, child nutrition and food distribution studies. The FNS regulations webpage includes legislation resources for school meals programs, SNAP, summer meal service, WIC, and the Child, Adult and Elderly Care Food Program.

The Food Assistance Program webpage provides resources to Food Distribution on Indian Reservations, Hunger and Food Insecurity, elderly nutrition programs, and head start.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/

USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS)

AMS provides many resources related to food access, including farmer markets and local foods, agriculture community supported agriculture, supply chains and marketing. The new AMS Food Desert webpage from the Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services, regarding how food deserts are identified, grant opportunities, success stories, FAQs and a summary of the USDA’s initiative, and food desert census track data. Resources for grants are listed on the site and include opportunities in 19 programs within the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Agriculture.

http://apps.ams.usda.gov/fooddeserts/

PolicyLink

PolicyLink provides resources such as webinars, case-studies, and toolkits on food access issues, including those specifically in communities of color, and includes resources that focus on the links between obesity and the environment, and healthy food retail models. 

http://www.policylink.org

 

Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)

PHLP’s document library covers a range of topics related to food access; including healthy planning, farmers markets, healthy retail, childhood obesity, economic development, joint use agreements, mobile vending and produce carts, legislation, menu labeling and redevelopment.

http://www.nplanonline.org/nplan/document-library

Let's Move Initiative

Let’s Move is an initiative of the Office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, designed to solve the issue of childhood obesity within a generation and involves parents and families in order to get kids more active and eating healthier foods. The website includes resources for parents, community leaders, schools and health care professionals to begin to address the nations childhood obesity epidemic.

http://www.letsmove.gov/

C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture

The C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University provides research, conference proceedings and presentations on community food systems, farming and production techniques, business plans and resources on food processing and distribution.

http://www.mottgroup.msu.edu/

 

WHY Hunger

The WHY Hunger resource page includes reports on hunger, advocacy tools, federal nutrition policy tools, and farm to school program models. Their resource directory is a searchable database of food pantries, health care services, economic development resources and anti poverty organizations. Their Food Security Learning Center page includes information on a wide variety of food access topics such as farm to school, land use planning, local and regional food systems, and climate change.

http://www.whyhunger.org/resources.html

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC has many resource pages related to food access centered on Obesity, Transportation and Food Access – which includes resources on food-related transportation in low income communities, and Healthy Food Environments -  and includes a variety of food access-related resources on community gardens, farmers markets, food policy councils and farmland protection. Resource pages provide fact sheets on various topics, and also include reports and white papers.

http://www.cdc.gov/az/o.html