Goal Is to Build Health, Wealth Through Local Food Initiatives

Farmers market
Local food initiatives can help Tennesseans build health, wealth and community connectivity. Photo courtesy UTIA.

A workshop to increase the number and quality of Tennessee applications to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Farmers’ Market and Local Foods Promotion Program (FMLFPP) has been set for Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the University of Tennessee Extension Eastern Region Office in Knoxville. The overall aim is help more people in our state to build health, wealth, and connectivity through local food initiatives. 
After the workshop, participants will be able to:
better articulate their ideas in a project narrative that is submitted in a formal grant application. 
construct and justify a budget needed to implement their ideas. 
understand how to administer federal funds, and tell the story of their impact and what difference the funds made.

These workshops are open to everyone. In addition to Extension Agents, this workshop is especially applicable to:
State and Local Government
Economic Development Councils
Food Policy Councils
Farmers’ Market Associations 
Farm-to-Table/Fork/Other Organizations
Minority Farmer Associations
Food Service/Nutrition Professionals 
Producer Associations
Groups representing minorities and other underserved audiences

The state training team members are:
Dr. Janie Burney, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Dr. Arvazena Clardy, Tennessee State University
Dr. Joseph L. Donaldson, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Mr. Hal Pepper, University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture

Workshop participation is limited to 75 people, and advance registration is required by March 1. Contact your county Extension Office to register. 

Check-in and networking begins at 9:30 am EST, and the workshop runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch provided to all participants. The workshop address is 1801 Downtown West Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37919.
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Dr. Joseph L. Donaldson, Assistant Professor, 4-H Youth Development, Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications, 865-974-7371