Help Us Grow Young Farmers!

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November 4, 2015 at 10:14 am

FamilyFarmed has launched a fundraising campaign to support Direct Market Success — the latest expansion of the Chicago nonprofit’s major efforts to train farmers across the United States and help them achieve sustainable success.\

Photo: FamilyFarmed.org

Photo: FamilyFarmed.org

The campaign, staged on the IndieGoGo crowd-funding site, is titled “Help Us Grow Young Farmers!” Its goal is to raise $60,000 in tax-deductible contributions by Dec. 6. To learn more about the program, please click here.

These resources will be used to produce Direct Market Success, the definitive manual for farms selling in direct market venues such as farmers markets, CSAs and farm stands. The manual will become the core of a program to directly train farmers — including many of the generation of newer and younger farmers who our nation so needs — in workshops to be held across the nation.

The Direct Market Success program will be useful to producers at all age and experience levels. But as the campaign name “Help Us Grow Young Farmers!” implies, the program addresses a critical need: a new generation of food producers. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reporting that the average age of farmers is approaching 60, promoting the success of newer and younger farmers is urgent.

 

Photo: FamilyFarmed.org

Photo: FamilyFarmed.org

 

“If we don’t grow young farmers, the nation is going to be headed down a very risky path,” Family Farmed President Jim Slama said.

There is a fun side to this very serious campaign, though. Supporters making tax-deductible donations may choose from an exciting list of “perks” offered by FamilyFarmed.

They include meals and other donations from award-winning chefs such as Chicago’s Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan, Carrie Nahabedian, Sarah Stegner, Paul Fehribach and Paul Virant, pioneers in “farm to table” cuisine. There are donations from Chipotle Mexican Grill, Whole Foods Market and Farmhouse Chicago. And for a $1,000 donation, you can make like the president and pardon a Thanksgiving turkey, which will live out its natural life on the organic pastures of Illinois’ Mint Creek Farm.

Direct Market Success is modeled directly after FamilyFarmed’s impactful Wholesale Success manual and program, which has been used in workshops in 35 states to train more than 7,000 farmers who are selling or want to sell into wholesale markets.

Photo: FamilyFarmed.org

Photo: FamilyFarmed.org

For more information about Direct Market Success and the Help Us Grow Young Farmers! campaign — or to arrange for a media/newsletter interview about it with FamilyFarmed President Jim Slama, please contact Leah Lawson at 708-763-9920 or email leah@familyfarmed.org.

 

From the Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network  (CISFN) Newsletter

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