Hear about the progress of recent Project for Public Spaces/Ford Foundation grantees, the early results of the National Farmers Market Survey, and other new partnerships and funding potentials.
Taste a sampling of farm fresh foods and wines direct from the City Market in Roanoke, Virginia and Washington-area farmers markets.
Farmers markets and public markets are bringing new vitality to thousands of communities and farms across the country. The number of farmers markets in the United States has increased dramatically from some 1,755 markets in 1994 to over 3,700 in 2004. Over three million consumers shop at these markets, where an estimated 30,000 small farmers and food entrepreneurs earn a partial or full living selling their local products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has projected roughly $1 billion in consumer spending in urban, suburban and rural farmers markets.
New policies to support markets are emerging as well, especially as public markets and farmers markets find innovative partners who recognize their value in promoting community health, incubating new businesses, creating local food systems, revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods, and preserving small family farms.
Public market and farmers market representatives are encouraged to stop by their Congressional offices and bring staff as guests!
The Honorable Robert Goodlatte, R-VA
Miguel Garcia, Acting Deputy Director, Community and Resource Development Unit, The Ford Foundation
Clarence Carter, Deputy Administrator, Food Stamp Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture and former Director, Office of Community Services, U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services
Steve Davies, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
August Schumacher, Consultant, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Longworth House Office Building is on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Located just south of the US Capitol on a site bounded by Independence Avenue, New Jersey Avenue, South Capitol Street, and C Street SE.
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