Grants Offered to Specialty Crop Farmers and Farmers Market Managers
for Alternative Selling Methods Adapting to COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for local food systems around the nation. Arkansas farmers and farmers market managers have met these challenges with innovation and resilience, adapting their operations in order to continue to meet the needs of their communities.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture recognizes the exceptional efforts our farmers and farmers market managers have made during these challenges. Through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Alternative Selling Methods campaign, the Department invites Arkansas farmers and farmers market managers to submit self-produced videos demonstrating the new selling methods they developed during COVID-19. Ten farmers and farmers market managers will be selected by a review committee and awarded a $400 grant each for their Alternative Selling Methods. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2020. For more information, see below.
Arkansas, like many other states and nations, has been affected by COVID-19. Our farmers and farmers market managers struggled to adjust to the closure of wholesale and retail markets such as schools and restaurants. This project will highlight the innovative selling methods developed by specialty crop farmers and farmers market managers to adapt to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the spread of COVID-19, changes affecting schools, restaurants, and institutions resulted in the possibility of a revenue loss for numerous farmers and farmers market managers. These situations created the demand for specialty crop farmers and farmers market managers to innovate and develop alternative methods to sell their products quickly to avoid spoilage. These new methods may result in restructuring the business model for specialty crop farmers permanently, attracting new customers with creative, new products, and services. These include, but are not limited to, online sales, farm pick up, delivery services, drive-thru service, and more.
To address those challenges, this project aims
- to increase participation in future farm to school programs
- and to support and highlight farmers and farmers market managers who are finding successful alternative markets for their specialty crop products.
In the early days of the outbreak, a significant increase in demand for food, particularly for fruits and vegetables, was seen. By empowering families to make informed food choices while supporting local farmers, this project aims to strengthen the local economy and contribute to vibrant communities.
The Department is hosting a campaign for specialty crop farmers and farmers market managers to submit a self-produced video of their alternative selling method in action, paying $400 to ten farmers and farmers market managers selected by a review committee. The ten awardees will be featured in a professionally produced video to be utilized by the Department for online training. The ten awardees will also be included in a panel for an online training event, describing their innovative, alternative method and answering questions. The online event will be recorded and available for future reference.
Deadline for submission is September 30, 2020.
Entry forms can be found here.
UPLIFT ARKANSAS PARTNERSHIP
As Arkansans, we know the farming community is vital to our state. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture teamed up with Mangan Holcomb Partners/Team SI and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau to share UpliftArkansas.com, a resource to find information on local farmers markets, businesses, restaurants, and other services. Support each other in this unprecedented challenge! #UpliftArkansas #SupportLocal #SupportfARmers
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