FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New Farm Aid Initiative Closes Gap Between Farmer Supply and Consumer Demand for Family Farm Food
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Farm Aid today announced the launch of its web-based Farmer Resource Network to help farmers answer the consumer call for more quality family-farmed foods.
Across the country, more people are reaching for local, organic and sustainably-grown food from family farms. Farm Aid's Farmer Resource Network links family farmers to new and innovative ideas to help them meet this rising consumer demand. The Farmer Resource Network also contains tools to help put new farmers on the land.
"Family farmers are real heroes and true innovators," said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. "Everyday they're coming up with new ideas and now they have a tool to learn about what works from each other. Their ingenuity guarantees a strong future of family farm food."
Working in partnership with major organizations in sustainable and organic farming — including the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, the Organic Farming Research Foundation and Rodale Institute — Farm Aid created the network to help increase the number of family farmers and ensure that good food is available to everyone. The network is an outgrowth of twenty-three years of Farm Aid's hotline work, finding resources in each state to meet the needs of farmers.
"Eaters everywhere are telling us they want to know that family farmers are growing their food. They want fresh food grown close to home, and they want to know the environment is being protected in the process," said Carolyn Mugar, Farm Aid's executive director. "This burgeoning Good Food Movement creates a tremendous opportunity for family farmers. The Farmer Resource Network is there to help farmers connect to this rising wave of enthusiasm for good food."
The Farmer Resource Network connects family farmers to hundreds of organizations that are developing new approaches to production and marketing. These practical innovations provide the support farmers need to sustain their land, grow good food and benefit from greater consistency and economic stability on their farms. Farmer Resource Network providers can share stories about successful farm operations and connect family farmers to people with ideas to diversify and strengthen their farms. Through the online database, farmers will have the capability to search for farmer resources by location, subject and type of farm.
Visit the Farmer Resource Network at www.FarmAid.org/ideas.
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