Tag Archive for: Local Food Systems

Montana Farmers Market Mentors: Community Partnerships

In this video, we learn about successful community partnership and vendor recruitment strategies implemented by the Healthy by Design Gardeners’ Market in South Billings, Montana. This market is one of three markets offering mentorship through NCAT’s project, Sustaining Farmers Market Success, which is working to build capacity for markets across Montana.

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Episode 265. Meet NCAT. Molly Kirkham Talks Local Food and Farm to Cafeteria

In this episode of Voices from the Field, we get to know a new member of NCAT’s staff, Local Food Specialist Molly Kirkham. Molly tells her NCAT colleague, Community Foods System Specialist Maura Henn, about the chance encounter with a community garden that began her interest in local foods. She talks about her time with AmeriCorps at a food bank in Montana, her time farming, and how she came to work at NCAT.

Among other responsibilities at NCAT, Molly spearheads the Harvest of the Month program, and she emphasizes the importance of exposing young children to healthy local foods and how they are produced. In one touching case, she says, attendance at a school increased after the COVID-19 pandemic when the school began raising chickens.

Related ATTRA Resources:

 

Other Resources:

Contact Molly Kirkham and Maura Henn via email at mollyk@ncat.org and maurah@ncat.org.

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find access our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Learn about NCAT’s other innovative sustainable agriculture programs.

Episode 248. Winter Farmers Markets Can Bring Year-Round Customers

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Dietetics Intern Melissa Wyatt sits down with beginning farmer Rick Williams and his wife Kyra, to talk about strategies for selling their farm products through the winter.

The couple’s farm, Sugar Beet Row, is located in Butte, Montana — often known as the icebox of the state. They also own Dancing Rainbow Natural Grocery, a small natural foods store in uptown Butte.

Rick and Kyra discuss how they integrated Sugar Beet Row’s production into Dancing Rainbow Natural Grocery and took part in Butte’s first winter farmers market a few months ago. They also explore strategies for improving production and sales next winter.

 

Related ATTRA Resources:

Other Resources:

Contact Maura Henn via email at maurah@ncat.org.

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find access our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. Learn about NCAT’s other cutting-edge sustainable agriculture programs.

Episode 190. Alderspring Ranch. Part 2

This episode of Voices from the Field is the second in a two-part series featuring NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger talking with family members Glenn, Melanie, and Linnaea Elzinga from Alderspring Ranch in Idaho. Glenn and his family raise wild, organic grass-fed beef on their remote family ranch and deliver their products to customers across the nation. In this episode, they discuss the family’s innovative marketing strategies and tools.

In the first part of the series, they discuss the family dynamics they have cultivated, how each family member determines his or her role, and the effects of COVID-19, among other topics. The link to that podcast is in the notes below.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Kara Kroeger directly via email at karak@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Alderspring Ranch, Part 1

Livestock

Other Resources:

Alderspring Ranch

Meathacker

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

 

Episode 156. Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT agriculture specialist Felicia Bell talks with Carolyn Jones of the Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance. Felicia works in the NCAT Gulf States Office in Jackson, Mississippi, including work with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program.

Felicia and Carolyn talk about engaging young people in agriculture and the importance of involving the entire community in the effort to secure the future of minority farmers and land owners.

For more information on this topic, contact Felicia Bell directly via email at feliciab@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Economic Development – MS Food Justice Collaborative

Education – MS Food Justice Collaborative

Local Food Access – MS Food Justice Collaborative

Other Resources:

Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance Facebook page

Land & Power. Sustainable Agriculture and African Americans

Fresno’s Freedom School is Changing the Narrative on Farming for Black Youth

4-H at Home

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

 

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Episode 133. History of Food Cooperatives in the South

In this episode, Felicia Bell, sustainable agricultural specialist at NCAT’s Gulf States Office in Jackson, Mississippi, interviews Wendell Paris about the history of food cooperatives in the South and his involvement in this movement, specifically in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives.

Mr. Paris is the Chairman of the Board for Panola Land Buyers Association and has been involved in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives since its inception, which took place during the Civil Rights movement. In this episode, he describes the connections between the Civil Rights movement and the beginning of the food cooperative model in the South.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Felicia Bell directly at feliciab@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Tips for Selling to: Aggregators/Grower Marketing Co-ops

Sustainable Agriculture: An Introduction

ATTRA’s Beginning Farmer Tutorials

Other Resources:

Federation of Southern Cooperatives website

Land Assistance Fund Feeds Farmers’ Hopes blog post from AMISTAD Research Center

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

 

Tag Archive for: Local Food Systems

Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets



Farmers markets are temporary retail establishments typically held outdoors, where farmers come to sell their produce at a specified place and time directly to customers. Farmers markets can be organized and managed in a variety of ways, from a highly structured business to lose associations run by volunteers.  

Farmers markets can be a good entry-level marketing channel for beginning farmers, but competition is an important factor to consider. With increasing competition for customers’ local food dollars, it is important that market managers and vendors cultivate committed customers and that farmers markets understand their niche within their community. Whether you are a farmer or a market manager, it is important to have quality products and to find ways to set your farm and farmers market apart. 

Farmers markets are also entry points for customers to access federally and state-funded food assistance programs, such as Women Infant and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Participating in Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP) can broaden your market’s customer base, increase vendor sales, and improve local food access in your community. 

On this page you will find practical ATTRA resources for selling at farmers markets, starting food assistance programs, and running a successful farmers market.  

 

Related Topics




Staff Expert


Maura Henn

Maura Henn

picture of a roadside farm sign
Flower vendor at Helena, Montana, farmers market
School cafeteria fruit bar.
handmade sign at a farmers market with pile of root crops
Helena Farmers Market flower vendor
Direct Marketing

Montana Farmers Market Mentors: Community Partnerships

In this video, we learn about successful community partnership and vendor recruitment strategies implemented by the Healthy by Design Gardeners’ Market in South Billings, Montana. This market is one of three markets offering mentorship through NCAT’s project, Sustaining Farmers Market Success, which is working to build capacity for markets across Montana.

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Episode 265. Meet NCAT. Molly Kirkham Talks Local Food and Farm to Cafeteria

In this episode of Voices from the Field, we get to know a new member of NCAT’s staff, Local Food Specialist Molly Kirkham. Molly tells her NCAT colleague, Community Foods System Specialist Maura Henn, about the chance encounter with a community garden that began her interest in local foods. She talks about her time with AmeriCorps at a food bank in Montana, her time farming, and how she came to work at NCAT.

Among other responsibilities at NCAT, Molly spearheads the Harvest of the Month program, and she emphasizes the importance of exposing young children to healthy local foods and how they are produced. In one touching case, she says, attendance at a school increased after the COVID-19 pandemic when the school began raising chickens.

Related ATTRA Resources:

 

Other Resources:

Contact Molly Kirkham and Maura Henn via email at mollyk@ncat.org and maurah@ncat.org.

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find access our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Learn about NCAT’s other innovative sustainable agriculture programs.

Episode 248. Winter Farmers Markets Can Bring Year-Round Customers

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Dietetics Intern Melissa Wyatt sits down with beginning farmer Rick Williams and his wife Kyra, to talk about strategies for selling their farm products through the winter.

The couple’s farm, Sugar Beet Row, is located in Butte, Montana — often known as the icebox of the state. They also own Dancing Rainbow Natural Grocery, a small natural foods store in uptown Butte.

Rick and Kyra discuss how they integrated Sugar Beet Row’s production into Dancing Rainbow Natural Grocery and took part in Butte’s first winter farmers market a few months ago. They also explore strategies for improving production and sales next winter.

 

Related ATTRA Resources:

Other Resources:

Contact Maura Henn via email at maurah@ncat.org.

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find access our trusted, practical sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at ATTRA.NCAT.ORG. Learn about NCAT’s other cutting-edge sustainable agriculture programs.

Episode 190. Alderspring Ranch. Part 2

This episode of Voices from the Field is the second in a two-part series featuring NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger talking with family members Glenn, Melanie, and Linnaea Elzinga from Alderspring Ranch in Idaho. Glenn and his family raise wild, organic grass-fed beef on their remote family ranch and deliver their products to customers across the nation. In this episode, they discuss the family’s innovative marketing strategies and tools.

In the first part of the series, they discuss the family dynamics they have cultivated, how each family member determines his or her role, and the effects of COVID-19, among other topics. The link to that podcast is in the notes below.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Kara Kroeger directly via email at karak@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Alderspring Ranch, Part 1

Livestock

Other Resources:

Alderspring Ranch

Meathacker

Please complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts about the content of this podcast.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

 

Episode 156. Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT agriculture specialist Felicia Bell talks with Carolyn Jones of the Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance. Felicia works in the NCAT Gulf States Office in Jackson, Mississippi, including work with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program.

Felicia and Carolyn talk about engaging young people in agriculture and the importance of involving the entire community in the effort to secure the future of minority farmers and land owners.

For more information on this topic, contact Felicia Bell directly via email at feliciab@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Economic Development – MS Food Justice Collaborative

Education – MS Food Justice Collaborative

Local Food Access – MS Food Justice Collaborative

Other Resources:

Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance Facebook page

Land & Power. Sustainable Agriculture and African Americans

Fresno’s Freedom School is Changing the Narrative on Farming for Black Youth

4-H at Home

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

 

vegetables

Episode 133. History of Food Cooperatives in the South

In this episode, Felicia Bell, sustainable agricultural specialist at NCAT’s Gulf States Office in Jackson, Mississippi, interviews Wendell Paris about the history of food cooperatives in the South and his involvement in this movement, specifically in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives.

Mr. Paris is the Chairman of the Board for Panola Land Buyers Association and has been involved in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives since its inception, which took place during the Civil Rights movement. In this episode, he describes the connections between the Civil Rights movement and the beginning of the food cooperative model in the South.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Felicia Bell directly at feliciab@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Tips for Selling to: Aggregators/Grower Marketing Co-ops

Sustainable Agriculture: An Introduction

ATTRA’s Beginning Farmer Tutorials

Other Resources:

Federation of Southern Cooperatives website

Land Assistance Fund Feeds Farmers’ Hopes blog post from AMISTAD Research Center

Please call ATTRA with any and all of your sustainable agriculture questions at 800-346-9140 or e-mail us at askanag@ncat.org. Our two dozen specialists can help you with a vast array of topics, everything from farm planning to pest management, from produce to livestock, and soils to aquaculture.

You can get in touch with NCAT/ATTRA specialists and find our other extensive, and free, sustainable-agriculture publications, webinars, videos, and other resources at NCAT/ATTRA’s website.

You can also stay in touch with NCAT at its Facebook page.

 

Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets



Farmers markets are temporary retail establishments typically held outdoors, where farmers come to sell their produce at a specified place and time directly to customers. Farmers markets can be organized and managed in a variety of ways, from a highly structured business to lose associations run by volunteers.  

Farmers markets can be a good entry-level marketing channel for beginning farmers, but competition is an important factor to consider. With increasing competition for customers’ local food dollars, it is important that market managers and vendors cultivate committed customers and that farmers markets understand their niche within their community. Whether you are a farmer or a market manager, it is important to have quality products and to find ways to set your farm and farmers market apart. 

Farmers markets are also entry points for customers to access federally and state-funded food assistance programs, such as Women Infant and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Participating in Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP) can broaden your market’s customer base, increase vendor sales, and improve local food access in your community. 

On this page you will find practical ATTRA resources for selling at farmers markets, starting food assistance programs, and running a successful farmers market.  

 

Related Topics




Staff Expert


Maura Henn

Maura Henn

picture of a roadside farm sign
Flower vendor at Helena, Montana, farmers market
School cafeteria fruit bar.
handmade sign at a farmers market with pile of root crops
Helena Farmers Market flower vendor
Direct Marketing