Monthly Archives: May 2015

Are there CSAs in my area?

Are there CSAs in my area?

CSA Farmers Registered in the National Food MarketMaker Program   


To find a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in your city, county, state or nationwide:
(1) Do a Business Search in;
(2) Type “Community Supported Agriculture” under the Search MarketMaker button,
(3) Select Location Filters by state, distance or zip code, and
(4) Chose Farmer/Rancher under the Business Type button.

There are 1,004 CSA farms registered in the National Food MarketMaker Program (NFMP). The MarketMaker map below shows the geographical locations of 8 of the 1,004 CSA farms registered in the NFMP which are closest to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Of the 1,044 CSA farming businesses, 33 are located in Mississippi.


To read the full and previous Mississippi MarketMaker Newsletter, go to:

For more information about MarketMaker, please contact my colleague, Dr. Ben Posadas at

When Animals Come to Dinner

Do you have  nuisance animals in your yard, garden, or farm?  This presentation will give you some ideas for developing your own animal control strategy!

You’ll learn tips for dealing with above-ground pests, below-ground pests, and fliers.  Specifically, you’ll learn about deer control and exclusion and repellents to help you control feeding damage.

Click on the link below to see the PowerPoint presentation I recently gave at the SCALE Food Safety Conference.

When Animals Come to Dinner

When Animals Come to Dinner

Food Policy Council Map Released by Center for a Livable Future

Food Policy Council Map Released by Center for a Livable Future

The Food Policy Networks project at the Center for a Livable Future just released a new map that shows the location of Food Policy Councils (FPCs) in the United States and Canada, and the locations of organizations that convene these councils at a regional level.

Check out the map here:


Mississippi Food Policy Council Mississippi

Dr. DeMarc Hickson, President
My Brother’s Keeper, 710 Avignon Drive Ridgeland, MS 39157




Independent Grassroots Coalition

Top Priorities

Education, Purchasing (Farm to School, Farm to Institution, Cottage Food Industry), Other

Notable Achievements

Through a resolution drafted and championed by the MFPC and its partners, the Mississippi; Legislature designated the first week of October as “Mississippi Farm to School Week.” In response to discussions with the Mississippi Food Policy Council (MFPC), the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) now gives wireless Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) machines to farmers market managers, allowing SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) recipients to purchase any eligible products at farmers markets. The MFPC worked with legislators to draft and pass legislation that created an Interagency Farm to School Council. The Interagency Council will facilitate the procurement and use of locally grown and locally raised agricultural products in school meals in order to improve the quality of food served in schools and to support the state economy. The MFPC worked with legislators to pass legislation exempting cottage food production operations from certain licensing requirements. This new cottage food exemption creates a viable option for in-home production of jellies, jams and other low-risk foods.

Mississippi Food Policy Council Stakeholder Survey


Please help the MS Food Policy Council better serve our state!

Mississippi Food Policy Council

The Mississippi Food Policy Council (MFPC) is reviewing its history and organizational structure, monitoring the food system in Mississippi, identifying a variety of key stakeholders and resources, and analyzing a collection of information to better inform its short- and long-range plans. As part of this planning period, the Board of Directors of the MFPC is defining its focus and direction to advance its mission. We would appreciate your willingness to assist us with this process. With planning for the future of MFPC in mind, the Board of Directors is seeking your input via the following survey.

Completing the survey should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time. All responses are anonymous and will be kept private and confidential. No individual responses will be shared in any report, presentation, or publication.


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Healthy Food Access


As a member of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, I co-chair the Food Access Subcommittee with Alicia Landry of USM.  We work on a variety of topics including underserved popluations and food deserts.

Lack of access is not an issue that can be solved through a single-focused campaign. Rather, there are multiple factors that make lack of access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods a daily struggle for over 800,000 Mississippians including 200,000 children.

Factors contributing to lack of access to fresh, healthy and affordable foods:

  • Too few grocery stores in the state
  • Transportation boundaries
  • High caloric options outweigh healthy options in rural areas

I recently attended a luncheon sponsored by The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi where we discussed healthy food access and the state’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI).

Helping communities secure a grocery or convenient store where there are none is an initiative The Partnership is involved with in collaboration with The American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Voices for Healthy Kids. This includes the successful passage of a Healthy Food Financing bill that will allow for interested developers, grocers and other retailers to apply for grants and or loans to build, upgrade, remodel or buy equipment to a grocery or convenient stores. For more information on Healthy Food Financing please contact Langston Moore at


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