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Travel Scholarships Available for the OFMA Annual Meeting
Jan 19, 2018
Thanks to the generosity of the Beaverton Farmers Market, OFMA is proud to offer up to $1,000 in scholarships to the Annual Meeting. Farmers Market managers and operators of our Member Markets may request funding to offset their travel expenses to attend the meeting. Requests are coming in fast, so act soon! More info available on our Annual Meeting page.
Introducing “Field-to-Market” for Small-Scale Food Entrepreneurs
Jan 5, 2018
The OSU Extension Service is accepting registrations for the first in a series of workshops titled “Field-to-Market,” aimed at farmers, Market Managers, and food entrepreneurs interested in producing and selling farm-direct, value-added products, including jams & jellies, fruit syrups, salsa, pickles, sauerkraut, and others.
Field-to-Market is a series of 5 workshops, including “Essentials,” and four hands-on, specialty workshops titled “Acidified Foods,” “Dehydrated Foods,” “Fermented Foods,” and “High Acid Foods.”
The workshops are facilitated by content experts who will deliver factual information, and trained Master Food Preserver volunteers who provide opportunities to practice research-based food preservation techniques.
The Essentials workshop serves as a prerequisite for the specialty workshops. Topics to be covered include recipe selection, state regulations, production costs, processing techniques, labeling requirements, licensing, and pricing. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, from 9 am – 12: 30 pm, at the North Willamette Research & Extension Center located in Aurora. There is a registration fee of $25/individual, or $40/couple, and includes snacks and resources to take home. Pre-registration is required.
To register visit https://secure.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms-events/register/161 for more information contact Heidi Noordijk at 971-801-0392 or email@example.com.
OFMA’s Membership Drive is on for 2018!
Jan 5, 2018
The time has come to renew your OFMA membership or join as a new member. Visit our Membership page to learn more about benefits, pricing and how to apply today.
OFMA Asks Congress to Support Federal Farmers Market Programs
Jan 4, 2018
The Oregon Farmers Markets Association reached out to Oregon’s Congressional delegation this month to urge their support of the federal programs that help farmers markets in this state:
“I am writing on behalf of the Oregon Farmers Markets Association, our 99 member markets and hundreds of vendors across the state to strongly urge your support for funding for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and other important Farm Bill programs… Farmers markets are important to Oregon, and so are the federal programs that support them. In fact, in every county of every congressional district in Oregon there is a farmers market with hardworking vendors who depend on them for their livelihoods and FMPP is a critical resource for innovation and advancement of those markets…” Read More
Correction: In this letter, we incorrectly listed some of the results of the Clatskanie Farmers Market’s FMPP project. The correct data are that they increased overall market revenue by 113%, while the 30% increase was in number of vendors. Our apologies.
Farmers Market-Related Job Opportunity
December 19, 2017
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division, Nutrition & Health Screening Section (NHS) in Portland, OR is recruiting for a Farmers Market Expansion Project Coordinator (Program Analyst 2) to staff, coordinate and implement the 2017-2019 biennium expansion of the Farm Direct Nutrition Programs (FDNP). The Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program (Farm Direct) provides WIC families and low income seniors with checks to purchase fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetable and cut herbs directly from local farmers.
Please visit the following link to learn more and to complete the online application: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1931283/farmers-market-expansion-project-coordinator-program-analyst-2
OFMA Hires New Program Director
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