Earth Day FMC radio interview

Stacy Miller, Executive Director of Farmers Market Coalition and Michael Hurwitz, Greenmarket Executive Director (and FMC Board member) talk about markets and food systems.
Good quotes for all of you to use in your annual reports and grants proposals:
“The myth that somehow that supermarkets are this gleaming beacon of healthy choices…”
“in 2006 that first year of the (FMPP) grant program, they spent a million on promoting farmers markets…that same year, McDonald’s spent 850 million on its traditional media advertising…”
“We’re really in the early stages for fighting for health and equity…”
“I see farmers markets as the ultimate food hub”

in response to the assertion that food deserts are a myth:
(Michael) “Don’t get me started..”

“Our greatest competition are subsidies and advertising”

“Institutional buyers are trying to pay as little as they can”

Straight, No Chaser


From Weed Chopper to Community Farmer – Listen.

My colleague and friend Demalda Newsome posted this piece that her husband and farmer partner Rufus recorded. I think it’s a piece that food organizers should carry far and wide and deep into their communities to remember the work left to be done and yes, also what has already been done by our fellow organizers. In 1995 they started a community farm in north Tulsa, Newsome Community Farms, and have helped more than a dozen families, churches and schools build backyard gardens.

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Rufus and Demalda Newsome of Newsome Family Farms in Tulsa OK.