In news that will shock absolutely no one, the Primary Industries Education Foundation has revealed that young Australians have a concerning lack of understanding about where their food and fibre comes from or the means of its production. From the executive summary of the report, "Food, Fibre and our Future 2020": The awareness divide between … Continue reading PIEFA releases new report “Food, Fibre and our Future 2020”
It's almost hard to believe now, but just last year, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world gathered in huge demonstrations demanding action on climate change. In spite of COVID, there are ways we can still demand action. Earlier this year, the Farmers Markets Alliance of NSW was approached to sign an open … Continue reading FMANSW lends support to Commission for the Human Future
The Australian Farmers' Markets Association is our national representative body. Founded in 2003, this volunteer-run organisation has been working to create a cohesive fellowship of farmers markets across Australia, committed to supporting farmers and local communities. Through many years of research both here and overseas, AFMA has developed a set of model rules that advocate … Continue reading Annual update of information on AFMA market directory now due
2020 has been a year, hey? For reasons good and bad, it's been a big year for farmers markets and local food systems. Farmers and farmers markets across the state are reporting increased interest in what they have to offer – and rightly so. But it hasn't all been smooth sailing. Experiences vary greatly. Given … Continue reading SURVEY: Understanding NSW farmers markets in 2020
Climate change and drought. A summer of bushfires that wiped out somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of the state of New South Wales. A global pandemic that has reached into everyone's life – city and country. How do we survive and recover from disasters that have such devastating impacts on communities and our food systems? We want to know how your farmers market and your farmers have responded to these extraordinary times.
The Federal Government has asked St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army to participate in distributing funds as part of the Drought Community Support Initiative Round 2. Up to $3,000 per household is available to farmers, farm workers and farm suppliers/contractors who are over 18 years of age, are Australian citizens or permanent residents, and who … Continue reading Drought support available for NSW farmers – apply before 30th June 2020
We recently published our blog series "How to market your market", walking you through a number of ways you can promote your market (or enterprise) for no or low cost. But that was just a primer. To help you get into the nuts and bolts of actually doing all the things we recommend, you might … Continue reading Loads of free training to help you market your market
From the National Farmers Federation The Federal Government Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment has provided $4m in funding to the National Farmers’ Federation to develop and trial the Scheme. Funding has been made available through the $34m Agriculture Stewardship Package. The package recognises that farmers, as stewards of the environment and as land managers … Continue reading You can help design the Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trial
Probably the most important part of a website is the mailing list. Through your face-to-face contact and your social media, you have the tools you need to get people to sign up to a newsletter. Markets should definitely be doing this and stall holders, if you have the time, will also benefit.
A website is the main event. Getting a website is a big deal, but depending on what you want to do, it doesn’t have to cost a lot. There are loads of free and very low cost resources out there to build something simple yourself.