A few years ago, a coworker of mine who was one of the best children’s booksellers I had ever encountered, told me she felt “without purpose” in her life. It occurred to me then that many of my female friends had said something similar while in their 30s. I opined that it had to do with the way that modern women had only recently stopped having to do any of the work that fed, clothed or housed them and so had just begun to feel the loss of a particular type of usefulness. It seemed that men had lost track of that a few generations before, but women had only fully moved away from it in the 1970s.
I said then that when young people felt it, something would then happen. Now. I don’t see myself as a seer, but it’s clear that humans want to be useful and work on things they need for their own survival. So, once again, there is a lesson for all of us in the alternative food system-add dignity and fun to the place to those seeking real connections to their own survival.
Independent Researcher and Trainer Darlene Wolnik offers:
Analysis: Research and reports on public market organizational structure and governance or logistics.
Conference or workshop preparation: Building or running educational/networking events for food organizers.
Grants: Assistance with public market project grant-writing including research of subject, draft narrative and final editing.
Reports: Researching and writing for public market organization or food system projects.
Speaking: Keynote speeches or workshop development and/or facilitation.
Technical Assistance: Phone, email, webinar or in-person technical assistance for public market startups or project work for market organizations. Phone, email, webinar or in-person technical assistance for funders or stakeholders of food system projects.
Fees upon request.
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Recent and current work:
•Brooklyn NYC-Conducted a series of trainings for community markets for the Brooklyn District Public Health Office (BDPHO).
•Brooklyn NYC- Assisted BDPHO with developing farmers market technical assistance programs.
•Farmers Market Coalition-Writer/Researcher: Assisting with University of Virginia Morven Summer Institute course on farmers market evaluation.
•Farmers Market Coalition: Writer/Researcher for training and technical assistance project.
•Farmers Market Coalition: Project staff for Farmers Market Metrics Prototype Research.
•Louisiana: Assisted LSU AgCenter and Farmers Market Coalition with first statewide market conference.
•Louisiana: Assisting students at Southeastern University in Hammond with food system research and farmers market strategy.
*Louisiana: Assisting Urban Conservancy with day-long Community Wealth Workshop featuring Michael Shuman in New Orleans LA
• Maine: Researched farmers market job descriptions for People's Regional Opportunity Program work with farmers markets.
•Mississippi: Assisting Gulf Coast markets with surveys for location and customer/vendor satisfaction.
•Vermont- Designed and led evaluation workshop for VT markets for NOFA-VT
•Vermont : Researched and write report on SNAP, FMNP technology and policy answers for VT farmers markets in collaboration with NOFA-VT and VAAFM
•Wallace Center: Researching and writing case studies of successful direct marketing Mississippi farmers and markets.
•Why Hunger: Creating online toolkit for grassroots communities in 3 regions.
She also serves as a Market Programs Advisor to Farmers Market Coalition and on the Food Hub Management Program National Advisory Board.
Feel free to contact me at my name at gmail dot com if I might be able to help your market or business.
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