If you are a current CFM Vendor, please see our vendor facebook group page for the most recent updates and opportunities. If you are a vendor and have not been added to this group, please contact email@example.com
Community Farmers Markets and Food Well Alliance have partnered to launch a Vendor Growth Program in 2016! This year-long program combines business development classes with mentoring services for small-scale farmers and food makers.
The Vendor Growth program couples monthly classes taught by subject matter experts with mentorship opportunities for program participants. Classes will include key capacity building subjects including tax preparation, marketing strategies, diversifying funding and inventory and record keeping, among other topics. The monthly classes are taped, providing attendees access to the important information after course completion. To complement the classroom learning, participants will have the opportunity to be paired with mentors, who will help them identify and navigate potential business challenges likely to arise in the next 12 months.
This strategic collaboration brings together Food Well Alliance’s mission to strengthen and grow Atlanta’s local food movement with Community Farmers Markets’ ability to provide technical capacity and skill-building to small-scale farmers and food makers. Both Community Farmers Markets and Food Well Alliance believe that productive and viable local food enterprises will not only have a positive impact on our city’s economy but will also build healthier, resilient communities.
CFM and Food Well Alliance are currently accepting applications for mentors and educators, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More info for CFM vendors can be found here.
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A Farmers Mini-Handbook: Grow Biointensive (Sustainable Mini-Farming)
Georgia Organics’ Resources for Farmers
Greenhorns’ Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm: Ways for Farms to Acquire Capital Within Communities
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service – ATTRA
National Resources Conservation Service
National Young Farmers Coalition
Resources and Policies to Help Beginning Farmers Succeed in Agriculture
Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group
Training Manual: Farming for a Sustainable Community