The Circular Economy | The UnSchool

Closing the loop on production, consumption, design, and the economy

The circular economy is a smarter and more effective way of producing high-need things with high-value in the economy and with much less waste, pollution, exploitation, and other negative impacts.

By taking this class you will get a 360 degree perspective of what the circular economy is, how it applies to different levels of decision making, and theories and practices that have gone into making it work today — biomimicry, cradle-to-cradle & sustainable design strategies, and product service system models.

Source: Enroll in Course for $45


(Webinar) Success with SNAP: Equipment and Outreach Essentials for SNAP Programs

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME: Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 2 PM EST, 1 PM CST, 11 AM PST.

More than 6,000 farmers markets and farmers across the country now accept SNAP. When farmers markets accept SNAP, it helps increase revenue for small and beginning farmers, while making it possible for low-income families to access healthy, affordable food: the ultimate win-win. To assist markets with this strategy, Farmers Market Coalition will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 2 PM EST, 1 PM CST, 11 AM PST.

Join the webinar, as we discuss equipment and outreach essentials for SNAP Programs at your farmers market. We will provide information on how FMC’s Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program can help you accept (or continue to accept) SNAP benefits at your market, and highlight successful outreach initiatives to attract and retain SNAP customers.

Click here to register and contact with questions or for more information. A recording of the webinar will also be available to view online for those who are interested but unable to attend on January 26.

Purpose Defined: Developing a Market Mission

A 2012 webinar that I did for FMC on mission statement development. As we move into deeper design of the Farmers Market Metrics Program, having markets that have their mission written and shared is extremely helpful when embarking on any in-depth evaluation system. Thought it might be helpful to repost.

Webinar] Connecting the Dots on Irrational Customer Behavior

Join best-selling author, Dan Ariely and Qualtrics CEO, Ryan Smith as they dive into the fascinating world of customer decision-making.

In this 30-minute webinar we’ll connect the dots between what customers care about and why they behave the way they do. You’ll leave with new ideas for leveraging human emotion, improving your customers’ environment and making the most of every customer interaction.

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 10:00am PT | 1:00pm ET | 5:00 GMT

Register anyway! We promise to send you a link to the recording and presentation.

The Fundraising Summit

Attend The Fundraising Summit from Anywhere. Free.
Five days of free online seminars delivered by the world’s top fundraising professionals.

Join your peers from around the world for five days of insight, instruction and inspiration from the world’s best speakers. Learn new ways to tackle your most pressing problems. Learn best practices from the best in national and international fundraising. (Plus, get paid for referring customers to The Fundraising Summit.) Sessions are free, but only for 24 hours. Register today. Learn how the Summit works, and get answers to your questions, by reading our Frequently Asked Questions.
The Fundraising Summit.

Truth & Transparency: Farm Audits for Producer-Only Integrity | Farmers Market Coalition

Farmers Market Coalition member webinar on October 29th at 1 pm eastern, 12 pm central, and 10 am pacific.

Truth & Transparency: Farm Audits for Producer-Only Integrity | Farmers Market Coalition.

The New Food Safety Rules are Bad for Farms and Food » Farmers Market Coalition


CHANGED to Thursday October 17th at at 1 pm Eastern (12 pm Central, 11 am Pacific)

FMC is hosting a FREE webinar at 4:00pm ET on October 15 to explain how the proposed rules will affect farmers markets and direct marketing farmers, as well as how to submit comments to make your voice heard. Market managers, farmers, and customers are encouraged to attend! Register today!
Additionally, NSAC will host a webinar on October 10th for all audiences. They’ll go over the rules more broadly, and provide instruction on how to submit comments. All FMC members are welcome to join either or both webinars. Register for NSAC’s here.
Help us spread the word and #fixFSMA!
FDA is proposing standards that undermine sustainable and organic production practices, subject many farms to regulations designed for industrial facilities, and may well prove too costly for farmers to implement and stay in business. The top ten major issues with the rules are found here:

Farmers Market Coalition» Blog Archive The New Food Safety Rules are Bad for Farms and Food » Farmers Market Coalition.

National 2013 Food Hub Survey-NFGN

Authored by Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems & The Wallace Center at Winrock International
From the Executive Summary:

Findings from the survey showed that food hubs across the country are growing to broaden the distribution infrastructure for local food. From the survey, 62% of food hubs began operations within the last five years, 31% of food hubs had $1,000,000 or more in annual revenue and the majority of food hubs were supporting their businesses with little or no grant assistance—including food hubs that identified as nonprofits. Financially, the most successful food hubs tended to be for-profit and cooperative in structure, in operation for more than 10 years and working with a relatively large number of producers. The values-based nature of food hubs makes it hard to judge many of them solely on their level of financial success.
The survey also revealed a number of persistent challenges and barriers to growth that even the most financially successful food hubs faced.
For example, many food hubs indicated their needs for assistance in managing growth and identifying appropriate staffing levels for their hubs. They also often pointed to their need for capital and other resources to increase their trucking and warehousing capacity.

NFGN Report

State and Network Leader Discussion Series

Calling all State Association and Market Network Leaders: Please register for the FMC State and Network Leader webinar discussion on July 8th, at 4pm EST/1 PST. We will be discussing the Mobile Market App and any challenges that markets and networks face using smart phone technology. Darlene Wolnik, independent consultant to public markets, will be moderating. Please be ready to ask any questions or share comments during the call, or feel free to submit questions beforehand. This is meant to be a discussion among leaders, not an informational webinar.

Last month, several participants called in to the webinar via phone only. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of this technology, those participants were in ‘listen only mode’ and couldn’t speak or ask questions. If possible, join the webinar through your computer AND your phone, for optimum sound and participation!

However, these calls are recorded and notes taken so everyone can share after the call is over. If you are a network leader and have not received the invitation, email Liz at to receive a registration.

How to Win Grants from Private Foundations


  • 2:00 pm EST
  • DURATION: 60 minutes


As governments cut back and donors get more selective, more and more nonprofits are turning to private foundations for support.

But attracting private foundation money is very different than seeking corporate aid or federal and state grants.

To learn how you can stand out from the competition and understand what foundations are seeking, join The Chronicle of Philanthropy for a Webinar that features insights from a veteran program officer who has reviewed thousands of proposals over the last decade. Tobi Printz-Platnick of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation will offer practical advice for increasing your odds of success, shed light on how foundations make their decisions, and show you how to talk about your organization’s weaknesses as well as its strengths.

You’ll also hear from a fundraising consultant and author, John Hicks, who will explain how to build strong ties to program officers, demonstrate that your work aligns with a foundation’s mission, and set your organization apart from the competition.

What Will You Learn?
  • Tips for ensuring you give foundations the information they want.
  • Do’s and Don’ts for your next grant proposal
  • Strategies for improving your odds of winning support
Who Should Attend?
  • Grant-proposal writers
  • Chief development officers, development directors, and fundraisers
  • Executive directors and board members

Tobi  Printz-Platnick

Program Officer

Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

John  Hicks


J.C. Geever, Inc.

Empathic civilization

A great framework to think about humanity and its potential.

Purpose Defined: Developing a Market Mission

Why does a market need to define its purpose? For starters, defining purpose helps to attract partners, vendors, and assist board with management. Many markets are closer than they think to having a mission statement and this webinar will give those organizations a head start on creating a mission statement, and a clear purpose for doing so. Check out the resources and other webinars here: Why does a market need to define its purpose? For starters, defining purpose helps to attract partners, vendors, and assist board with management. Many markets are closer than they think to having a mission statement and this webinar will give those organizations a head start on creating a mission statement, and a clear purpose for doing so.

Presenter- Darlene Wolnik, Independent Researcher and Trainer — Community Food Systems
and FMC Market Programs Advisor

Moderator- Jen O’Brien, Interim Executive Director, Farmers Market coalition

Local First Webinar Series | BALLE – Business Alliance for Local Living Economies

BALLE is one of my go-to organizations, partly because their deep reservoirs of knowledge come from localized economy leaders, rather than some academic institution or a centralized big-city NGO. Therefore, their knowledge and growth seems to be thoughtful and they advance real ideas. Their webinars are done well and the next two focus on local procurement in government contracts.

Local First Webinar Series | BALLE – Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

Assessing Your Online Fundraising Capacity