Does Your Market Need A Llittle Help This Year?

FARRMS is recruiting interns to support farmers markets.

Interns will provide outreach and support for market managers (more details in position description). They receive a stipend and a weekly skill building class. Internships begin with orientation on June 13th and last until September 27th. Information and a link to the application are at https://www.farrms.org/farmersmarketinterns.

If you’re ready to apply, the application is at http://bit.ly/farmers_market_intern

Yes We Can!

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has issued a press release stating farmers markets are essential cogs in the food distribution chain!  Farmers Markets CAN be open this summer.  Please refer to this news release and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture guidance document which can be found here: https://www.nd.gov/ndda/sites/default/files/COVID%20Farmers%20Markets.pdf 

COVID19 Guidance

Are you looking for information about how to manage your market or business through these changing times?  A new page on this website contains links, resources, and ideas on how to change or manage your business in response to COVID19.

NEW! COVID19 Relief Grant available to member markets.

Farmers Markets that are members in good standing with the NDFMGA are now eligible for new grant program intended to provide a funding for items and actions needed to keep farmers markets safe, welcoming, and operating during this difficult time.  Please use the link below to access the application.

NDFMGA Announces New Grant Programs for Youth and Youth Groups

The NDFMGA is proud to announce two new grant opportunities involving youth.

The first is a grant program specifically designed for young entrepreneurs beginning a farmers market venture.  The grant program, open to ages 10 to 18, will grant $200 for the purchase of items to assist in selling at a NDFMGA member farmers market.  For full details read the application by clicking the appropriate button below: Youth Grant Application.

The second new grant program is specifically for organizations and groups that support youth activities.  This can be a church, school, private, or nonprofit group that provides youth activities that involve the growing of edible items.  For more information read the Ideas sheet and the application by choosing the Youth Group Grant button below. 

Youth Vendor Grant

Youth Vendor Grant Application here.

MINI GRANTS AVAILABLE

Farmers Market and Individual Members may now apply for the 2020 Mini grants.  Each grant is $500 and is intended to increase the visibility of the NDFMGA and encourage sales and consumption of good produced and sold by our members.  If your market would like to purchase promotional items, do some marketing or hold an event that will bring customers to your market - please apply!  Individual members who are holding events or purchasing items that will promote the sale and consumption of 'Dakota Grown, It's All Good' products are also invited to apply. Click the link below to access the application.

NEW VENDOR GRANTS AVAILABLE

Are you new to selling at a farmers market or selling direct to the consumer?  The NDFMGA has a grant program that offers $300 grants to new vendors and sellers of 'Dakota Grown' products.  If you are in your first OR second year of selling at a farmers market or direct to consumer and you are a member of the NDFMGA you may qualify for a grant.  Click the link below to access the application and guidelines.

Are You Following the Law?

After much debate in the North Dakota Legislature, the North Dakota Cottage Food Law stands pretty much as it was written.  However, this law enacted in the 2017 Legislature, does have some changes for 'business as usual'.  We've bee seeing some images on Facebook and the internet of products and items that may not be following the rule of the law.  Please be sure you and your vendors review the law and are in compliance with it this season.  Everyone following the law makes for more professional and safe products!  You can review the law by clicking on the button below.

The NDFMGA is administrated through the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture at Dakota College at Bottineau. 
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