“Know your farmer, know your food” program launched by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture!

In an effort to increase awareness of local farmers and to strengthen bonds with the food we eat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is debuting a new program: “Know your farmer, know your food!” In the upcoming months, $65 million in grants will make its way from 2008 Farm Bill allocations and into the hands of local food distributors. Read more about it here. And we’ll see what this holds for local food here in Atlanta!

One component of the program, announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week, will be 86 grants worth $4.5 million as part of the 2009 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). These funds will go out to local farmer’s markets as well as electronic benefit transfers (EBT), projects to help low-income individuals gain access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Read the USDA’s press release here! Recipients in Georgia include:

  • Main Street Statesboro/Downtown Statesboro Development Authority – $19,077
  • Upper Ocmulgee River RC&D Council, Inc. – $97,961 (EBT budget $97,961)

The Department of Agriculture encourages you to contact them and let them know what you think by emailing KnowYourFarmer@usda.gov and visiting www.youtube.com/usda.

Thanks to my brother for sending this along from his new home outside San Francisco! One day, Georgia will rival that city in its sustainable practices… 🙂

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