Farm Fresh Network Celebrates 100 Member Milestone
The Farm Fresh Network has reached its 100th member milestone! The network spans statewide boasting a wide variety of seasonally available Texas-grown food products. Items such as cucumbers during summer months, broccoli during the winter months, Texas-raised beef, Texas olive oil, and more can all be found for sale by businesses on the Network. Nutrition program operators in National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) can connect directly with Network members to explore ways to include farm fresh, Texas grown foods in their meals and snacks.
The Farm Fresh Network offers a searchable online map that shows the locations and contact information for Texas producers who are currently selling products to child nutrition programs, along with those producers interested in getting started. Clicking on the red pin while viewing the map of network members also displays product availability and distribution radius information. The network is a key part of the TDA's Farm Fresh Initiative, which takes a multi-pronged approach to incorporating more local foods and other Farm Fresh activities into child nutrition programs.
Check out the searchable map of TDA's Farm Fresh Network members
Farmer Veteran Coalition Fund Application to Open February 1
Farmer Veteran Coalition is excited to announce the application for the 2019 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund will open February 1 at 8 a.m. PST. The application will remain open for five weeks before closing on March 8 at 5 p.m. PST.
The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides veterans with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to make purchases they have identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business.
TAMUC Small Scale Producer Research
Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) is collecting data for research on small scale producers. Small scale producers, 18 years of age or older are invited to participate in a brief survey, which is an analysis of processing and marketing techniques used by small scale farmers. Through the collection of this data, TAMUC hopes to publish research on small scale producers to encourage more practice in this area. Click this link to take you to the survey:
Your participation is greatly valued!
Welcome to the Farm Fresh Network!
We would like to welcome two new members of the TDA Farm Fresh Network - Reinventing the Weal, LLC, and Elliott Grows, LLC.
Reinventing the Weal, LLC is an organic hydroponic farm in Amarillo, TX. They currently specialize in growing greens, micro-greens, herbs, and edible flowers for restaurants and the general public.
Elliott Grows, LLC owners, Stephen and Mary Elliott, grow hydroponic lettuce, herbs and tomatoes available year round.