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Farmers Market Promotion Program 2012 - Food Hub Projects

A list of the food hub and mobile market projects funded by the 2012 Farmers Market Promotion Program.

CALIFORNIA

$89,496 to Fresh Approach, Concord, CA, to develop and operate a mobile farmers’ market in five food desert communities in Contra Costa County, California, and to provide culturally appropriate health and nutrition education for mobile market customers to promote healthy food choices.

$78,300 to Northern California Regional Land Trust, Chico, CA, to build an online direct‐marketing website to take customer orders that will be filled by a network of small and mid‐size farmers in the Northern California counties of Butte, Glen, and Tehama.

$80,045 to Siskiyou County Economic Development Council, Yreka, CA, to develop a marketing campaign to increase the direct sales volume of small farmers in Siskiyou and Shasta counties by creating a database of producers and products, building a website, and creating a printed map showing the locations of farms, farmers markets, farm stands, and U‐pick operations.

COLORADO

$87,548 to Sherwood Project, Denver, CO, to expand sales of local farmers by purchasing cooling and storage equipment, signage, and training personnel to distribute weekly boxes of fresh organic food to 70 families who live in a food desert using food sourced from local farms and 10 micro‐farms that will be established in the targeted area.

FLORIDA

$93,902 to Earth Learning, Inc., Miami, FL, to create Harvest Markets, a food hub for sustainably‐grown local foods in southern Florida that will make local farm products available to low‐income communities through an expanded farmers market and a new mobile market, both of which will accept SNAP/EBT.

$23,968 to Florida West Coast RC&D Council, Inc., Ellenton, FL, to aid local food co‐ops that provide fresh, locally grown food by developing a new single‐point delivery system consisting of refrigerated storage and refrigerated transportation to the four coops located adjacent to food desert area, training the co‐ops to recruit new members, and promoting the co‐ops to consumers.

GEORGIA

$23,968 to Florida West Coast RC&D Council, Inc., Ellenton, FL, to aid local food co‐ops that provide fresh, locally grown food by developing a new single‐point delivery system consisting of refrigerated storage and refrigerated transportation to the four coops located adjacent to food desert area, training the co‐ops to recruit new members, and promoting the co‐ops to consumers.

$23,968 to Florida West Coast RC&D Council, Inc., Ellenton, FL, to aid local food co‐ops that provide fresh, locally grown food by developing a new single‐point delivery system consisting of refrigerated storage and refrigerated transportation to the four coops located adjacent to food desert area, training the co‐ops to recruit new members, and promoting the co‐ops to consumers.

ILLINOIS 

$90,130 to Fuller Park Community Development Corporation, Chicago, IL, to develop the Eden Place Nature Center Farmers Market by increasing the number of market days and recruiting more vendors to provide pre‐sold CSA vegetables boxes to low‐income residents.

$28,108 to Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly, Chicago, IL, to offer business and marketing training and to create a CSA to be operated by urban refugee farmers in Chicago for consumers in a low‐income neighborhood.

$97,440 to Angelic Organics Learning Center, Caledonia, IL, to develop two farmers markets, two farm stands, and a CSA operation in food desert areas, to conduct direct marketing training and promotions, and pilot a food aggregation center.

$92,833 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago, IL, to increase a low‐income area’s access to local fresh fruit and vegetables by establishing and promoting a mobile farmers market that will offer fresh local products and provide cooking demonstrations and nutrition information.

$80,504 to City of Freeport, IL, to create and establish the Food Enterprise Center, a shared‐use community kitchen, food business incubator, and public market serving a low‐income area in Freeport.

IOWA

$100,000 to City of Davenport, IA, to establish a year round market for local and regional foods at the Freight House Farmers Market by purchasing: 1) refrigerated storage and value added processing and packaging equipment, 2) infrastructure for electronic purchasing, and 3) creating a certified kitchen incubator for educational training and classes for producers and consumers.

MASSACHUSETTS

$53,302 to Nuestras Raices, Holyoke, MA, to build the capacity of an existing farmers market in a food desert, establish a new mobile market to serve the food desert community, provide nutrition education and outreach to consumers, and promote and advertise the markets to build opportunity for beginning refugee and immigrant farmers as well as existing farmers.

MICHIGAN

$66,035 to ProMedica Bixby Hospital, Adrian, MI, to establish a mobile market, and conduct outreach, education, and networking among corner stores and local producers to increase the availability of local, healthy foods in direct‐market food retail outlets in food deserts and low‐income areas.

$76,144 to Barrien‐Cass‐Van Buren Workforce Development Board, Inc., Benton Harbor, MI, to increase sales of locally grown products by establishing collective marketing group for Southwest Michigan farmers to build a regional agritourism brand and operate a year‐round market that takes advantage of tourism opportunities.

MONTANA 

$96,800 to Intertribal Agriculture Council, Billings, MT, to establish a mobile farmers market that will increase the availability of healthy traditional foods in food deserts, and allow American Indian food producers to market their products to customers and native populations in urban areas.

$66,050 to Western Montana Growers Cooperative, Arlee, MT, to expand the local producer cooperative's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) coordinated delivery program and improve storage and packaging efficiencies, and to initiate a targeted marketing campaign and customer relationship management program to facilitate participation by food desert residents.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

$70,735 to Miles Smith Farm LLC, Loudon, NH, to facilitate a partnership with 20 to 30 New England meat producers to educate about and sell fresh, locally‐raised meat to health care institutions in local food deserts.

NEW YORK

$81,083 to Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY, to expand access to affordable, locally‐raised meats and other local foods through consumer education, outreach, and a meat locker facility to serve as a food distribution hub.

NORTH CAROLINA

$44,768 to Foothills Farmers Market Inc., Shelby, NC, to expand production, storage, and distribution of perishable food in a food desert by equipping a market facility with refrigeration and starting a multi‐farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation.

OHIO

$75,642 to Rural Action, Trimble, OH, to coordinate a collaborative effort to increase market access for small rural farmers markets in southeastern Appalachia Ohio through improving storage and distribution for farm vendors, increasing market sales through social media marketing that links rural markets and vendors, and providing training and assistance in financial management, branding, food safety, and entrepreneurship.

OREGON

$88,966 to Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, Port Orford, OR, to expand Port Orford Sustainable Seafood's Community Supported Fishery operation and create a direct‐to‐consumer fisherman marketing cooperative by recruiting and training new members, developing a business plan, and purchasing operational equipment that will increase healthy food access in food deserts and low‐income communities.

$30,115 to Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, OR, to increase sales and enhance product values of limited‐resource Latino immigrant farmer by developing a community kitchen to produce valueadded products, and providing business and marketing training for local farmers.

$37,100 to Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council, Bend, OR, to develop a legal and binding private/public partnership and create a working food hub model to address fresh local food access for vulnerable populations in low income communities.

SOUTH CAROLINA

$100,000 to SCF‐Organic Farms, Ltd., Sumter, SC, to supply locally grown, fresh and organic foods, to local area residents in lowincome communities by: 1) initiating a new mobile farmers market under the banner “Midlands Organics Mobile Farmers Market” 2) purchasing appropriate cooling equipment, promotional materials, and supplies, and 3) setting up mobile market to accept SNAP, EBT, and WIC.

SOUTH DAKOTA

$71,041 to Lakota Fund, Inc., Kyle, SD, for a mobile farmers market and promotional campaign on the Lakota Reservation to help farmers on the Pine Ridge Reservation, a food desert, increase direct producer‐to‐consumer sales.

TEXAS

$93,170 to Plant It Forward, Bellaire, TX, to establish a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, build storage and refrigeration capacity, and provide training and mentoring for refugee farmers.

VIRGINIA

$61,160 to Five Points Partnership, Inc., Norfolk, VA, to establish a weekly mobile market and deliver Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce to low‐income community members.

WISCONSIN

$34,256 to West Wind Community Co‐op, Cumberland, WI, to improve access to locally grown, healthy food by: 1) developing two new storage hubs, 2) purchasing refrigeration equipment, 3) acquiring a refrigerated delivery truck, 4) expanding its Local Ordering System, and 5) enabling and promoting EBT usage at numerous, convenient locations around the area.

 

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