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March 03, 2008   Email to Friend 

TRAINING FOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM SET
Brooke Thorington
(334) 242-2618
March 03, 2008

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Farmers Market Authority (FMA) will conduct training Monday, March 17 for farmers who want to participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

The video conference training will offer the option of two sessions for farmers. The first session will begin at 10 a.m. and the second session at 2 p.m. Each session is two hours. Farmers can attend one of the two sessions at any location listed (download PDF file below).

This is for farmers who have not previously participated in the program and wish to enroll. However, anyone wishing to attend is welcome.

The Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (FMNPs) are federally funded programs that provide low-income seniors, women and children coupons to redeem for fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at local farmers markets and roadside stands. Several farmers markets also provide nutrition education for participants.

There are two components to the FMNPs, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) FMNP and the Senior FMNP. FMNPs provide a direct link between production agriculture and nutrition by providing seniors and nutritionally at-risk women and children coupons to purchase fresh and local produce directly from participating farmers.

"Farmers new to the FMNP program are required to attend training. Therefore, we highly encourage farmers to attend this training," says FMA Director Don Wambles.

Participants should bring their current year's growers permit to the training. A permit can be obtained free of charge from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Office in your county of residence.

Click Here For List of Training Locations


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