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Hello Alaskan Farmers Market Community!

We are so thankful for our farmers, markets, local food, volunteers, friends, family and more!
We hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday week.

We have a few things in the works at AFMA:

  • We're co-hosting a webinar with MarketLink for FREE EBT/SNAP Equipment Program, on December 15th! Registration information below. Even if you can't make it- sign up and we'll send you the recording
  • We're starting up our AFMA Community Chats this winter Complete the survey below to let us know what you want to hear about and when
  • We'll be hosting a one-day AFMA summit this MARCH to kick off the next market season - stay tuned for details and let us know your thoughts, again, in the survey below
Please take our 2020 Alaska Farmers Market: End of Season Survey

MarketLink and the Alaska Farmers Market Association are offering a FREE webinar on December 15, 2020, about the MarketLink Free EBT/SNAP Equipment Program for farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers. This webinar will cover everything you need to know about accepting SNAP/EBT including: ⁠

• What you will need to complete an FNS application ⁠and become a SNAP-authorized retailer
• Tips and tricks for completing this application⁠
• Details of MarketLink's free SNAP/EBT equipment program⁠
• And will conclude with plenty of time for questions and discussion

Date: December 15, 2020 at 9 am (Alaska Standard Time) 
Want to see if you qualify? Get a jumpstart on our eligibility application at

About MarketLink 
MarketLink is a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. In partnership with the USDA and Novo Dia Group, MarketLink assists farmers and markets with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Retailer Application, and connects them with free app-based SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer processing equipment. We also offer options for integrated credit/debit payment processing. MarketLink has a long-term vision of sustainability for farmers and markets through a broader customer base, increased sales, and profitability. More info at

Lauren Schaumburg
Regional Representative

 Corona Virus Farmer Relief Program

HEADS UP ALASKA FARMS- Coronavirus relief $$ for farms (CFAP 2) NO NEED TO SHOW ANY SALES LOSSES FOR 2020. Specialty crops, livestock, dairy, eggs, aquaculture, and nursery crops and cut flowers. 🍎🥦🥔🌸💐🧅🤠🐕🐄🐖🐓

Deadline is December 11.

PAYMEMTS ARE BASED ON 2019 SALES, not on whether you lost money this year or not. A lot of farmers made as much or more this year, but they are still eligible for these funds. Farmers can use these funds as an investment in our local food infrastructure- Covid taught us how much we need that local food!

For vegetables, fruit, cut flower and aquaculture producers, payments are up to 10.6% of 2019 sales. See sample payment scenarios below. Payments to livestock producers are by the head. Payments to grain producers are by the acre or bushel, depending on the crop: All the details are here

Want help filing?
Contact the Alaska Farm Service Agency

Join NSAC, Farm Aid, the Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Intertribal Ag Council, Indigenous Food & Ag Initiative, and RAFI-USA for this webinar recorded on October 13, 2020. It provides an overview of the newly reopened and expanded USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP-2), helping those who work with farmers understand how to advise and support farmers interested in applying for direct aid.
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3734 Ben Walters Ln, Homer, AK 99603

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