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Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States

The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, a free resource to support building resilient and accessible markets throughout the United States.

The toolkit responds to recurring questions from farmers’ market managers as they make decisions to build and grow their markets. Topics include how different business structures would affect their organizations, what types of legal risks exist and how to manage them, and how to make local food available and accessible for all community members. Toolkit resources include best-practice recommendations for managing common risks and accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

“The Farmers Market Legal Toolkit is a one-stop resource to give market leaders an understanding of legal options before they start making decisions,” said Erin Buckwalter of NOFA-VT. “The toolkit provides a firm understanding of the legal landscape, offering an important overview of resources for farmers’ market organizers.”

Read more about the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit.

NIFA supports this project through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

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