Farmers Markets & Public Markets: Small Investments, Big Results

Advancing the Role of Farmers Markets & Public Markets in Communities

Third Annual Briefing & Reception, Washington D.C.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
5:00-6:00 pm Briefing and Q&A
1302 Longworth Building
Reception to follow (ends 7pm), 1300 Longworth Building


Hosted by
The Honorable Bob Goodlatte, R-VA
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee

Featured Speaker
Charles M. Kuperus
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture

Policymakers and communities are beginning to recognize how farmers markets and public markets can address broader community challenges in community and rural development, access to healthy foods, neighborhood and downtown revitalization, local food systems, agriculture, transit, and smart growth.

Attend the briefing to learn about:

  • Progress of PPS’s 3 year, $3 million grant program-funded by the Ford Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation-and a new initiative around public markets and public health in the fall;
  • The Farmers Market Consortium, a public/private sector partnership lead by USDA to help farmers markets by sharing information about funding and resources available to them;
  • Response to the USDA’s $1 million Farmers Market Promotion Program grants program;
  • Emerging interest in New Jersey in using farmers markets, as well as roadside stands, and Community Supported Agrigulture (CSA) to preserve family farms and open space;
  • A new policy paper about the future of farmers markets; and
  • How we can build on this momentum.

Taste a sampling of farm fresh foods direct from the Lynchburg Community Market and Lynchburg Grows’ two acre urban farm in Lynchburg, Virginia, Roanoke Farmers Market, and Washington-area farmers markets.

Public market and farmers market representatives are encouraged to stop by their Congressional offices and bring members of their representative’s staff to the reception as guests! For more information on visiting your representative, contact Alan Hunt at the Northeast Midwest Institute.

Invited Participants

  • The Honorable Robert Goodlatte, R-VA
  • Steve Davies, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
  • Ken Clayton, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • Charles M. Kuperus, Secretary of Agriculture, State of New Jersey
  • Errol Bragg, Associate Deputy Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • August Schumacher, Consultant, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation

RSVP

Space is limited. Please RSVP with your name and the number and names of your guests to Julia Day at Project for Public Spaces, 212-620-5660 or via email at jday@pps.org.

Sponsors

Project for Public Spaces (PPS), with support from the Ford Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Co-sponsored by the Northeast Midwest Institute and the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Location

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.

Nearest Metro: Capitol South (Blue or Orange lines)