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Alaska Market Beet:

News for and by Alaska's Farmers Market (and Food Hub, FarmStand, & CSA) Community!
Spring is just around the corner and the growing season is full steam ahead! 

Markets, food hubs, farmstands, and farmers are busy planning their 2022 season. And the Alaska Farmers Market Association is preparing to support local food too! We have ALOT going on, so be sure to read through our whole newsletter so you don't miss any opportunities!
  • Friday, April 8th - 2022 AFMA Statewide Virtual Summit - schedule is out now! Free Registration
  • Market, farm stand, food hub, & CSA 2022 Directory Updates - complete your survey ASAP!
  • Alaska Beginning & Young Farmer Chapter - give us your feedback!
  • 2022 Specialized Marketing Assistance - Due May 16th!
Support AFMA - Pay 2022 Membership or make a Donation!
Visit the AFMA Store

The 2022 Alaska Farmers Markets Association will host a virtual summit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 8. The theme is “Gather and Grow.” This event is free, but pre-registration is required.

“Whether you have run a market for 10 years or are just in the planning stages, the Alaska Farmers Markets Association is open to anyone interested in learning more about Alaska's farmers markets, CSAs (community supported agriculture programs), farm stands, and food hubs,” said AFMA director Robbi Mixon, who recently was named to the board of directors for the national Farmers Market Coalition. “Grow your network and learn from market managers, farmers, government officials, and more.”
 
The keynote speakers this year are Mat-Su Health Foundation President/CEO Elizabeth A. Ripley and Dr. Gail Meyers, co-founder of Farms to Grow, Inc. Other presentations and discussion panels will be on how to keep farmers markets safe and the public healthy, why a census of agriculture matters for food security in Alaska, National Farmers Market Week events, a lunch-and-learn on ranked-choice voting, farmers market evaluation, and data collection, food access programs, and more.
 
Conference sponsors include Cook Inletkeeper, the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service, and MarketLink (a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition). The Farmers Market Coalition will assist with some presentations and discussion panels. Funding for the summit was provided by a 2021-24 Farmers Market Promotion Program grant from the USDA.
Website & Print Directory Updates
 
 That's right - the market season is right around the corner! We're gearing up for a great 2022 season and have some exciting updates to share. Through a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant, our website is getting a facelift, including our market directory!

Our system for collecting your information will be the same as in previous years, but we are expanding to include CSAs, Farm Stands, and Food Hubs! This year there are two, separate surveys for data collection: one for markets and food hubs, and one for CSA's and farm stands.


Please fill out the survey that is appropriate to your business or operation no later than ASAP!

We are working with Edible Alaska on a new market listings insert for their summer issue
Farmers Market & Food Hub Survey
CSA & Farm Stand Survey
Alaska leads the nation in agricultural growth and there’s no sign of it slowing down. The average age of a producer in Alaska is 2.5 years younger compared to the national average age. Alaska leads the nation in the percent of new and beginning producers. Almost half – 46 percent – of the state's farmers have 10 years or less experience on any farms.

Under the leadership of Kyra Harty, we are launching an Alaskan Chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition (www.youngfarmers.org), a national nonprofit whose mission is to "...shift power and change policy to equitably resource our new generation of working farmers." The Chapter will serve beginning and young farmers/ranchers in Alaska.

We are collecting individual information such as contact information, farm types, experience, demographics, and interest levels for participating in the Chapter in order to identify the Chapter's direction, trends, and insights that can help bring the group together.
 
We will keep your answers confidential and all results produced will be anonymous.  Feel free to contact Kyra Harty at 907-235-4068 ext 20 or email her at Kyra@AlaskaFarmersMarkets.org if you have any questions or would like more information.
2022 AFMA - Specialized Marketing Assistance Application - Due MAY 16th, 12pm

The Alaska Farmers Market Association is pleased to announce the opening of its application for Specialized Marketing Assistance to all member markets, farm stands, and food hubs.  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, farmstands, and food hubs for the 2022 Market Season.
  • Eligible expenses for Specialized Marketing Assistance:  can be used for advertising costs such as radio, newspaper, signage, or other outreach materials. Merchandise and Chef Demos are not eligible this year.
     
  • Please complete the following application by MONDAY, MAY 16th.  You will be notified by MAY 25th if awarded, and we'll need a really quick turnaround on acceptance agreements, so we can get funds distributed quickly.
     
  • Any costs incurred since January 1, 2022, are reimbursable.  All receipts and reports will be due by September 29th (but you may submit as soon as your project is complete) - this is a HARD DEADLINE, as we have our own.   
     
  • Reporting requirements include: how funds were used (with receipts), photos (jpg) of the project (ads), thank you letters/posts, etc.  
     
  • Your market or food hub will be required to report at least three data points, which may include: customer counts, farmers affected, sales, SNAP redemptions, and more- a more detailed package will be sent to you if selected. You must commit to collecting data for the full 2022 season in order to accept this funding
Apply below or CLICK HERE to open the Online Application
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