FOG to Lead Southeast Regional Center for Organic Transition for USDA’s Transition to Organic Partnership Program: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it is establishing a 5-year cooperative agreement in six regions across the United States for the $300 million Organic Transition Initiative, Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP). The TOPP network regions include: the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Plains, Northwest, and West/Southwest. Florida Organic Growers (FOG) was chosen to lead the Southeast region and will work together with regional partners to establish and administer programs that help transitioning and recently transitioned producers. Read more…
Double SNAP Benefits at Florida Farmers Markets: Match Up to $40 Extended Through 2018: Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) is enabling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and Disaster SNAP recipients to match their SNAP benefits up to $40 in Fresh Access Bucks toward the purchase of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables at participating markets through 2018. Read more…
Florida Organic Growers Partners with Department of Health to Accept SNAP at Farmers Market in Southeast Gainesville: In partnership with the Alachua County Department of Health and Florida’s Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program, Florida Organic Growers (FOG) will offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients a way to spend their benefits on fresh, locally-grown produce at the newly re-opened Alachua County Department of Health Farmers Market.
Gainesville Food Justice Study Group Announces February 2018 Reading Selections; Will Meet Feb. 22 at CMC: The reading selections for the month include Garrett M. Broad’s More than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change, published by the University of California Press in 2016. Read more …
RMA Announces New Cooperative Agreements for Risk Management Education Programs: USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently awarded 52 cooperative agreements under the Risk Management Education Partnerships Program totaling approximately $4.8 million. As an award recipient, Florida Organic Growers (FOG) will create a series of professionally-produced, online videos (including one in Spanish) featuring local producers offering practical solutions to recordkeeping challenges. Read more…
Wells Fargo to Present Check to Expand Local Food Security Project at Fall Harvest Festival: On Saturday November 18th, at the Alachua County Farmer’s Market Fall Harvest Festival, Wells Fargo Business Banking Relationship Manager Scott Hansis will present a $5,000 check to Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers’ (FOG) to support and expand the organization’s Local Food Security Project. Read more …
Artisan Alley Farmers Market is now participating in Fresh Access Bucks: Artisan Alley Farmers and Producers Market is now participating in the FAB program. “We are so happy to be able to begin accepting SNAP at our Farmers Market, and thrilled that our customers can take advantage of Fresh Access Bucks. This will expand the benefits of our Farmers Market to a wonderful new group of customers, and it will help our farmers get more locally grown fresh Florida produce onto tables in our community where it is needed,” said Barb Shepherd, president of Conrad Realty Co., which hosts the weekly Downtown DeLand Farmers Market on Artisan Alley. Read more …
Double SNAP Benefits at Florida Farmers Markets: Match Up to $40 Extended Through December 31st: Now through December 31, 2017, FAB is enabling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients and Disaster SNAP recipients to match their SNAP benefits up to $40 in Fresh Access Bucks toward the purchase of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables at participating markets.
Florida Farm Stands Now Eligible to Apply to Fresh Access Bucks Program: Farm stands across Florida are now eligible to apply to Fresh Access Bucks (FAB), a statewide program now operating in 18 counties that was created to increases access to healthy, local, and fresh produce for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.
Ferrell’s Market is now participating in Fresh Access Bucks: Ferrell’s Market in Okeechobee County is now participating in Fresh Access Bucks, a program that increases access to healthy, local, fresh produce for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.
Check out the Archive for more press releases
Farmers Struggle To Sell Produce Dying On Vine During Coronavirus – PATCH, 04/11/2020
Is This the Start of a CSA Boom? – Eater, 04-02-2020
Local Farm Earns Organic Certification – Sarasota Magazine, 2-20-2020
“Organic Food and Farming Summit” – Alligator, 7-27-18
“Ways Produce Growers Can Up Their Organic Game” – Growing Produce, 6-18-18
“Florida Organic Certification Cost Share Program” – AGNET, 6-8-2018
“Growing gardens and community: A day of workshops” – Tallahassee Democrat, 3-22-2018
“Englewood Farmers Market grows a loyal following”– Sarasota Herald Tribune, 1-31-2018