Great information from my friend and colleague, Ben Posadas!
School Districts Registered in Mississippi MarketMaker
To find local school districts registered in Mississippi MarketMaker: (1) Do a Business Search in http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com, (2) Type “school district”, (3) SelectBuyer under Filters, then Search By distance. Remember to specify your current location. There are seven school districts registered in Mississippi MarketMaker, as shown in the MarketMaker map below. Please encourage your local school district nutritionists to register their schools at Mississippi MarketMaker and network with local food growers.
Vegetable, Fruits and Nut Growers Registered in Mississippi MarketMaker
To find local vegetable, fruit and nut growers registered in Mississippi MarketMaker: (1) Do a Business Search in http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com, (2) Type “vegetables, fruits, nuts”, (3) Select Farmer/Rancher under Filters, then Search By distance. Remember to specify your current location. There are 198 vegetable, fruit and nut growers registered in Mississippi MarketMaker. The eight growers nearest to Oxford School District are shown in the MarketMaker map below. Please encourage your local food growers to network with local school districts.
Regional Farm to School Workshop
Attend this informative workshop and get connected to schools and growers in your area on July 28, 2015 from 9-noon at the Forrest County Extension Office. Read more about it at https://veggiedr.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/save-the-date-farm-to-school-workshop/.
MarketMaker Training Workshops for Producers, Extension, Regulators and School Teachers
Available upon request by a group of 6-12 producers, extension agents, state regulatory agencies staff and school teachers. More details athttp://www.coastal.msstate.edu/MMInserviceTraining.html.
Where can you find the National Food MarketMaker?
MarketMaker can be viewed at http://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/.
Ask Siri or Cortana to search for “Mississippi MarketMaker” on your smart phone.
Benedict Posadas. Mississippi MarketMaker Newsletter, Vol. 5, Issue 11, July 7, 2015. Mississippi State University Extension Service, Coastal Research and Extension Center. Website: http://msucares.com/newsletters/marketmaker/index.html
Regional Farm to School Workshop
July 28, 2015
Forrest County Extension Office
What is Farm to School?
Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.
Want to learn more?
Attend this informative workshop and get connected to schools and growers in your area!
Who should attend?
- School Nutrition Directors
- School Administrators
- Parents interested in students eating locally-grown food
- Extension Agents
- Food and Nutrition educators
Find your local farmers market, CSA or food hub – and make sure your operation is listed!
What a great time of year to visit your local farmers market! From blueberries and strawberries to the first tomatoes, farmers markets are full of fresh ingredients that you can use in your favorite summer recipes. The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service maintains four Local Food Directories online, including the National Farmers Market Directory, which includes 8,200 farmers markets and provides information on their locations, operating hours, and other details. But that’s not all – check out the other directories, and make sure that your operation is included:
- USDA’s National Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Enterprise Directory – A CSA is a farm or network of farms that offers consumers regular deliveries of locally-grown farm products during harvest season on a subscription or membership basis.
- USDA’s National Food Hub Directory – A Food Hub is a business that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of food products to multiple buyers from multiple producers, to strengthen the ability of these producers to satisfy local and regional wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.
- USDA’s National On-Farm Market Directory – An On-Farm Market is a farm market managed by a single farm operator that sells agricultural products directly to consumers from a location on their farm or on adjacent property.
- USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory – Farmers markets feature two or more farm vendors selling agricultural products directly to customers at a common, recurrent physical location.
- Mississippi MarketMaker – https://ms.foodmarketmaker.com/ -MarketMaker is a national network of states that connect farmers and fishermen with food retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and consumers.
When was the last time you looked at the KYF2 Compass Map? It’s now updated and easier to use! The Compass Map shows USDA and other federal investments in local food in your community and around the country – plus data on farmers markets, food hubs, and more. Zoom in on your city or town or search the map by keyword to see how other communities are using federal resources to do innovative work on local foods. Explore this comprehensive tool and other resources from USDA on the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website.