Georgia Farmers Market Association
GFMA is an Association of Farmers Markets, Producers, and Community Organizations committed to improving access to healthy food in Georgia.
We value equity, opportunity, community, local foods, resources and organizational integrity.
The mission of the Georgia Farmers Market Association is to support and promote community based farmers markets in growing local, healthy, food systems and to foster pathways to equitable food access.
Produce Safety Workshop
Have you heard of FSMA? Do you know what the Produce Safety Rule is and if your farm will fall under its’ new mandates? This rule will effect almost all of the growers in the country, so you should probably attend this training! Every grower must have someone on staff who has attended one of these accredited trainings or they can be penalized by the government.
The purpose of the course is to teach growers how to be more safe while growing and to cut down on the amount of food-borne outbreaks happening throughout the country in relation to fresh produce. At the end of the training day, every person in attendance will receive a certificate stating their completion of the course and, thus, certifying the farm they work at as long as they remain employed there.
This workshop is being hosted by Georgia Organics and presented by the National Young Farmers Coalition. There are two trainings:
- August 3 from 7:30 am to 5 pm at 310 West Clinton Street, Gray, GA 31032
- August 22 from 7:30 am to 5 pm at 200 Ottley Drive NE A, Atlanta, GA 30324
The cost to attend is $20, with snacks, lunch, and drinks being provided. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 828-200-6898. You can sign up by going to the following link: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7323/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=85731
Farmers Market Week
August 6-12, 2017
National Farmers Market Week is quickly approaching! How will your local farmers market celebrate NFMW? Whether it’s special guests or events, the most important part is to promote the important role your farmers market plays in your community.
National Farmers Market Week is a celebration of the importance of farmers markets to our national food system. This week gives these markets the opportunity to promote themselves and show their community the importance of their work.
Farmers markets contribute to healthy communities, support farmland preservation and conservation, and support rural economies. it is important to understand that the food purchased at these markets is not only more flavorful and overall healthier for consumers but that it helps support local farmers and ranchers in their communities.
If you are new to farmers markets but still want to help out, consider making and pledge to “Just Spend $10” at your local farmers market. By making the pledge, you can help support local farmers, improve your community, and work towards a healthier lifestyle. Learn more about the pledge here.
For more information about National Farmers Market Week, visit the Farmers Market Coalition website here. Here you can find information about NFMW as well as tools and resources on how to promote this week-long celebration.
Master FACS Volunteer Program
Do you enjoy impacting you community through educating youth? Are you interested in canning classes, cooking competitions, and youth produce education? If so, apply to volunteer for the Fulton Fresh program. The UGA Family and and Consumer Sciences is looking for volunteers to help with the produce education program Fulton Fresh in Fulton County. This program gives people within the Fulton County community the opportunity to work with youth and adults within the UGA cooperative.
Volunteers will assist and in some cases teach courses including (but not limited to) Fulton Fresh youth day camps, Fulton Fresh Kid’s cooking competitions, and food demonstrations.
In order to eligible for the program, you must live in Fulton County. Upon acceptance, volunteers will be screened through an application process and application process.
Volunteer applications are are due by Friday, August 11. For more information about the program and the application process, click the link below: http://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/fulton/fulton-fresh.html
Provides guidance, tools, and resources to Georgia farmers to improve the marketability of their produce, help them meet state and federal regulations and connect them with farmer’s markets throughout the state
Offers farmer’s market management support with operations and marketing and brings them together to discuss best practices and share ideas.
Supports community outreach, tactics, and activities that magnify the relationship between health and food.
Increases access to healthy food for consumers.