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Feb 27, 2018
Honorees for OFMA's first-ever Farmers MArket Annual Awards were announced last Friday, Feb 23rd at the 2018 OFMA Annual Meeting in Corvallis Oregon. Many compelling nominations were received, and the following recipients were selected for each category:
Outstanding Large or Urban Market of the Year – Large and/or urban market that is truly inspirational in its successes and impacts on its vendors, customers and community.
Honoree: Lane County Farmers Market
Outstanding Small or Rural Market of the Year – Small and/or rural market that has achieved major outcomes on behalf of its vendors, customers and communities.
Honoree: Silverton Farmers Market
Innovative Market of the Year – A farmers market pioneering creative and forward-thinking practices in Oregon.
Honoree: Clatskanie Farmers Market
Farmers Market Partner of the Year – An organization which has shown exceptional commitment to supporting farmers markets in their communities, regions or across the state.
Honoree: Farmers Market Fund
Farmers Market Volunteer of the Year – An individual who has gone above and beyond in their personal efforts to support farmers markets in Oregon.
Honoree: Sarah Crawford, OFMA/Coos Bay
We will be featuring these markets, organizations and individuals in more depth in the coming weeks, but for now, join us in congratulating them!
OFMA Taking Nominations for First-Ever Annual Awards
February 13, 2018
OFMA announced today that it will recognize the markets, volunteers, individuals and partners who are contributing to the success of Oregon’s farmers markets via the first-ever OFMA Annual Awards. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, Feb 19th, and the honorees will be announced at next week’s OFMA Annual Meeting, to be held in Corvallis on Friday, Feb 23rd. See below for categories, rules and nomination process.
- “Outstanding Large or Urban Market of the Year ” – Large and/or urban market that is truly inspirational in its successes and impacts on its vendors, customers and community.
- “Outstanding Small or Rural Market of the Year” – Small and/or rural market that has achieved major outcomes on behalf of its vendors, customers and communities.
- “Innovative Market of the Year” – A farmers market pioneering creative and forward-thinking practices in Oregon.
- “Farmers Market Partner of the Year” – An organization which has shown exceptional commitment to supporting farmers markets in their communities, regions or across the state.
- “Farmers Market Volunteer of the Year” – An individual who has gone above and beyond in their personal efforts to support farmers markets in Oregon
The rules: Self-nominations are accepted. Anyone can make a nomination. All nominations must be submitted prior to Monday, Feb 19th. Any markets nominated must be a current OFMA member. Final selection will be determined by OFMA’s board and staff.
To make a nomination, please use our very, very brief online form.
OFMA Awards Travel Scholarships to Five Farmers Markets
Feb 2, 2018
Five farmers markets have been selected to receive travel scholarships to OFMA’s upcoming Annual Meeting, taking place on February 23rd in Corvallis. These market representatives hail from many different corners of the state, and will be travelling nearly 1,000 total miles, to meet with their fellow farmers market managers and vendors. “We know how important it is for folks to have a chance to get together in one room and talk to each other about their markets,” said Kelly Crane, OFMA Program Director, “but we also know that it can be hard to make room in their budget for something like this – especially some of the smaller, more rural markets. We want to make sure that they too have an opportunity to connect with their peers.”
Funding for these scholarships is made possible through the generosity of the Beaverton Farmers Market. As of Feb 1st, there are still some limited travel funds available, but applicants should apply ASAP as they are not anticipated to last long.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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