SARE program for farmers market managers and local food producers

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $28,636.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Host Institution Award ID: G242-20-W7905
Grant Recipient: University of Idaho, Extension
Region: Western
State: Idaho
State Coordinator:
Carmen Willmore
University of Idaho Extension
The upper Clearwater River valley in north central Idaho is remote from centers of local vegetable production in the Lewis Clark Valley, the Palouse and eastern Washington. In addition, the topography of the area is not conducive to local food production due to short growing seasons on the ridges and limited space in the narrow, steep valley bottoms. However, some landowners are looking to help alleviate this deficit while at the same time creating economic opportunities for their land by raising food crops for local consumption. In addition, several small, community-oriented farmers markets exist in the area, but they struggle with maintaining and growing their markets. A SARE grant was used to host a local food systems workshop in Orofino, ID, for farmers market managers and growers in the upper Clearwater area. Two evaluations were conducted of the 21 participants, including one right after the program and one six months later. Both showed impressment gains in knowledge and improvements in their businesses.
William Warren, University of Idaho Extension
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers; Consumers
This product is associated with the project "2020 Idaho Western SARE Professional Development State Program"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.