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Alaskan Farmers Market Community!


While they make look a bit different, markets are opening statewide with great success!  Our website market directory has been uploaded- if you missed the calls for updates, get in touch with us and we can still get your market listed.

Many thanks to Jodie Anderson and Kyra Wagner for hosting weekly AFMA Community Chats. Lots of ideas and resources are being shared. Take a look below for the link to review some recent discussions, including touchless payment options and online platforms for markets and market stands - details below! 

Meghan, our awesome AFMA intern, won't be able to visit markets this summer, but will instead be compiling stories from around the state, chronicling COVID19 responses and experiences. More information below.

SUPER IMPORTANT! Our 2020 Speciality Marketing Funding Assistance application is now open! Please take a moment and read through it and apply today- we have a short two week window for applications, so we can get funds out to markets ASAP!
Join or Renew your AFMA Membership Online

2020 AFMA - Specialized Marketing
Assistance Funding Opportunity!


The Alaska Farmers Market Association is pleased to announce the opening of its application for Specialized Marketing Assistance to all member markets.  This program is funded by a USDA FMPP Grant and will be distributed by fiscal sponsoring organization, Cook Inletkeeper. We have $15,000 to distribute amongst eligible markets (you'll need to be a current member of AFMA) for the 2020 Market Season.

Eligible expenses for Specialized Marketing Assistance:  can be used for advertising costs and should include COVID19 safety messaging. Advertising costs: radio, newspaper, signage, or other outreach materials. Merchandise and Chef Demos are not eligible this year.

Please complete the following application below by JUNE 22nd, 12pm.  You will be notified by June 29th if awarded, and we'll need a really quick turn around on acceptance emails so we can get funding out.

Any costs incurred since the opening of your market are eligible to be reimbursed.  All receipts and reports will be due by September 7th (but you may submit as soon as your project is complete) - this is HARD DEADLINE, as we have our own to meet with the USDA.   
 
APPLY NOW (deadline is June 22nd, 12pm)
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 :Meghan's Corner

Alaska's Farmers Markets COVID19 Experiences and Storytelling 

Hi there! Your friendly neighborhood intern Meghan here again.

The Alaska Farmers Market Association will be compiling stories of triumphs and challenges that your markets have been facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be doing a series of blog posts related to COVID-19 to show how farmers' markets and AFMA have responded to these unprecedented times.

We would love to hear from you! You can reach me by email at meghan@inletkeeper.org. If you do so, please take the time to answer a few of these questions (or whatever feels most relevant to you):

  • How has your market adapted to the pandemic and CDC guidance?
  • Have there been any particular moments of success, or stories you’d like to share about getting your market-ready?
  • How has the public received changes or lack of changes?
  • Have there been any particular moments of challenge? 
  • Stories you’d like to share about challenges you’ve faced and how you have overcome them?
  • If you haven't made any changes, let us know that too!

Please attach photos if you have them and feel so inclined! I will be reaching out to market managers to have a conversation about the 2020 season so far, so keep an eye out for an email or call from me at 907-982-9187.  I look forward to learning about your market and hearing the stories you have to share.

 

2020 Alaska Farmers Market Directory is live!


Need an update? Contact meghan@inletkeeper.org 

Thursdays, 3 PM – 5 PM, April -June 30, 2020



Hosted by AFMA, Homer Soil & Water Conservation District and Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center


For information, visit: https://www.alaskafarmersmarkets.org/events/

LEARNING LIBRARY:

 
A message from our friends at FMC... we couldn't have said it better

Standing Together Against Racism: Black Lives Matter
Over the past week, the United States has been shaken by the deep inequities rooted within our justice system that have continued to destroy the lives of Black Americans like George Floyd. In the past, the Farmers Market Coalition has largely remained silent on matters of race and injustice. We will do so no longer. As a national organization, as a white-led organization, it is not only our place, but our duty to take a strong, public stance against police brutality, against racism, and against all forms of injustice in our food system and in our country. 

Food systems work is about the people of our communities, it is about building connections and supporting one another. At the same time, our nation’s food system has been built on the labor, expertise, and resources of people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). 

All too often the organizations intended to correct inequities replicate many of those very inequities. The majority of farmers market organizations are white-led and markets are not always comfortable spaces for non-white shoppers or farmers. Worse yet, some have even become havens for racism and white supremacy. 

Farmers Market Coalition stands in solidarity with protesters across the nation calling for an end to police violence, racial injustice and the systemic oppression that are so deeply entrenched in this country. We stand against racism and white supremacy. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We are dedicated to being an anti-racist organization and doing the work to dismantle the systems that oppress the Black members of our communities and perpetuate inequality. There cannot be food justice without racial justice. 

We are committing to building partnerships, forging alliances, and learning from our BIPOC-led members and partners in order to create lasting systemic change. We are committing to amplifying the voices and the reach of BIPOC-led organizations and members. We will be continuing these conversations with our board, staff, and members to produce a more complete and specific plan of action.

There is much work to do, both internally within our organization’s structure and policies, and externally within the farmers market sector to challenge white supremacy and racism. But we are dedicated to starting and continuing this work, however uncomfortable or difficult it may be.
We're tracking markets around the nation, for best practices and tips for moving forward safely with the current farmers market season

EVENTS & Trainings 
(with recordings of previous events)
AFMA COVID-19 Resources
 

THANK YOU Alaska Farmland Trust!

Check out these amazing graphics they created for us! We have the full collection, with printable flyers available for download at the link below.  Be sure to give them credit, we're so lucky to have them on our team!
Printable posters & graphics here!
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Alaska Farmers Market Association is a Local Foods Program
of parent organization COOK INLETKEEPER.

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3734 Ben Walters Ln, Homer, AK 99603

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