Allan Balliett aballiett at frontiernet.net
Mon Apr 30 12:29:17 EDT 2007


Fourth Annual Briefing & Reception
Thursday,  May 3, 2007
5:00 - 6:00pm Briefing and Q&A
1302 Longworth  Building
Reception to follow (ends 7pm), 1300 Longworth Building

- Collin Peterson (D-MN)
- Robert Goodlatte (R-VA)
- Joe Baca (D-CA)
- David Scott (D-GA)
- Lincoln Davis (D-TN)
- Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
- Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
- Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
- Bobby Rush (D-IL)

- Elaine Brown, Executive Director, Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)
- Fred Broughton, Small Farms Program Manager, South Carolina 
Department of Agriculture
- Linda Boclair, Operations Manager, Camden Area Health Education 
Center/Camden Farmers Markets
- Steve Davies, Senior Vice President, Project for Public Spaces
- Kelly Williams, Associate, Project for Public Spaces (MC)
- Tazuer  Smith, Washington Representative, Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

The benefits of farmers markets and public markets are well known: 
from providing profitable markets for farmers; to improving consumer 
access to affordable, locally-grown fruits, vegetables and other farm 
products; to reinvigorating communities by creating vibrant social 
and economic centers of activity. However, as the number of markets 
around the country expands, the needs for planning and coordination, 
farmer training, and nutrition education for consumers are all too 

Attend the briefing to learn about:
- Farmers markets' success and needs as seen from the final year of 
PPS's 3-year, $3 million grant program for diversifying farmers 
markets and public markets;
- How investments in state farmers markets associations are building 
local food systems and building the capacity of hundreds of farmers 
markets to improve their markets;
- How farmers markets across the country are working to address 
health disparities and improving access to fresh, locally grown food 
in low-income, food insecure communities;
- Opportunities in the upcoming Farm Bill to address the needs of 
markets, farmers, and consumers.

Taste a sampling of farm fresh foods direct from the Takoma Park 
Farmers Market in Takoma  Park, MD; the Byrd House Market and William 
Byrd Community House in Richmond,  VA; and the California Farmers 
Market Association in Walnut Creek,  CA.

- Southland Farmers Market Association - Los Angeles,  CA
- Community Farm Alliance - KY
- Michigan Farmers Market Association - MI
- NY State Federation of Farmers Markets - NY
- New  Mexico Farmers Marketing Association - NM
- South  Carolina Direct Marketing Association - SC
- Camden  Area Health  Education Center - Camden, NJ
- Just Food/Brooklyn's Bounty - Brooklyn,  NY
- Community Farm Connection - Wenatchee, WA

Space is limited
Please RSVP with your name, organization, and e-mail (and the same 
for any guests you may bring) to Ayan Ali at Project for Public 
Spaces, 212-620-5660 or via e-mail at publicmarkets at pps.org.

Public markets and farmers markets are encouraged to contact to visit 
their congressional representatives prior to the briefing and to 
bring them to the event.

For more information on visiting your representative, contact Alan 
Hunt (ahunt at nemw.org) at the Northeast Midwest Institute

Project for Public Spaces (PPS), with support from the Ford 
Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation Co-sponsored by:
  - Northeast-Midwest Institute
  - Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  - Community Food Security Coalition
  - Farmers Market Coalition

The Longworth  House Office  Building is on Capitol Hill in Washington
DC. It is located just south of the US Capitol on a site bounded by
Independence  Avenue, New Jersey Avenue, South Capitol Street, and C
Street SE.

Nearest Metro: Capitol South (Blue or Orange lines).

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