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Alaska Market Beet:

News for and by Alaska's Farmers Market Community!
Autumn has set in...
and winter is just around the corner!


In 2021, we counted the most Alaskan farmers markets ever! Congratulations to all 56 markets on a successful season feeding communities across the state.

We also celebrated Alaska Farmers Market Week with a proclamation from the Governor's Office and held our 4th Annual  Statewide Summit, this past April. We worked with the DEC Food Safety & Sanitation Program, AK Farm Bureau, and AK Food Policy Council on a three-part Cottage Food Webinar Series.

With Specialty Crop Block Grant funding from the AK Division of Agriculture, we began piecing together an Alaska Farmers Market Toolkit, launching in Spring 2022.  AFMA also joined in Food Security Week activities, aimed at promoting awareness around the state's food system.

It's been a busy year and we can't wait to see what 2022 holds! Thank you for all your support.
Support AFMA - Donate or become a member!
Market Managers! Help us measure markets - submit your annual data here
Hi Market Managers!

Whether you collected data for the Alaska Farmers Market Association in the past, or are willing to for the first time this year, and we're hoping you'll share your market information with us- it's important for measuring growth and impact. And helping to secure funding to support markets statewide.

We will keep your data confidential! No market data will be connected with specific markets. If you don't have information on a question, just skip it.

Please complete by the end of the year - thank you so much!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for the new Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant program and encourages eligible entities to apply now for funds. Applications must be submitted electronically through the grant portal at https://usda-prs.grantsolutions.gov/usda by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, November 22, 2021. Approximately $650 million in funding is available for the PRS grants, which are funded by the Pandemic Assistance provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

The PRS Grant program will assist small businesses in certain commodity areas, including specialty crop producers, shellfish farming, finfish farming, aquaculture, and apiculture; specialty crop, meat, and other processors; distributors; and farmers markets. Small businesses and nonprofits in these industries can apply for a grant to cover COVID-related expenses such as workplace safety measures (e.g., personal protective equipment (PPE), retrofitting facilities for worker and consumer safety, shifting to online sales platforms, transportation, worker housing, and medical costs. The minimum funding request is $1,500 and the maximum funding request is $20,000.

Application Toolkit Here!
Market Scenes from Around the State:
PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR MARKETS' FARMERS!

Every five years the USDA conducts a Census of Agriculture and attempt to interview every farm operation in the United States. They are preparing for the 2022 Census of Agriculture. Can you please share with your group and remind the farmers to make sure their farm is counted? 
 
Sign up today for the 2022 Census of Agriculture to make sure your farm or ranch gets counted:  agcounts.usda.gov/getcounted
Upcoming Ag Events:
Note: please check with event promoters for COVID safety protocol information
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Alaska Farmers Market Association is a Local Foods Program
of parent organization COOK INLETKEEPER.

Our mailing address is:
3734 Ben Walters Ln, Homer, AK 99603

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