District Supports 2024 Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are considered essential services, so come out and support your local farmers.

Farmers markets are opening soon for the 2024 season.

The Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is proud to support local farmers markets! Our Farmers Markets Support Grant program is designed to help our local agricultural producers. Clackamas County farmers markets are well represented in both rural and urban parts of our District. They provide their communities with locally grown, produced, and crafted agricultural and forestry products. Visit your local market soon!

How Does the District Support Farmers Markets?

On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors unanimously approved grants for the 2024 season. Funds will be sent out to farmers market partners totaling $19,957. This year,these grants will be distributed to six farmers markets within the District’s boundaries.

Food items and veggie starts are featured at the 2020 farmers markets.

Food items and veggie starts are featured at the 2024 farmers markets.

This year, the District’s support funding will be used by markets to:

  • Support programs for children. Some funding provides free, weekly tokens to children who participate in Power of Produce (POP) Clubs. This money goes directly to producers who sell fruits and vegetables or plants that produce fruits and vegetables. Many markets feature similar programs that support children’s agricultural education.
  • Enhance other support programs that benefit market customers and agricultural vendors at the market. This includes matching or bonus funds for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the Farm Direct Nutrition Program. These matching funds can only be used to purchase local produce, which in turn helps local farmers.
  • Offer sustainability education and new business incubator programs for youth.
  • Create signage and other promotional materials to advertise and promote individual markets.

The District provides informational handouts for the markets to share with their customers. We also promote the markets on social media. Each market is visited during the season to talk directly with customers and farmers about conservation issues. These include topics like soil health, pesticide reduction, water usage, invasive weeds, and pollinators.

Market visitors learn about pollinators, native plants, soil health, and more from the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.

Why Does the District Support Farmers Markets?

Farmers markets provide a valuable point of sale for local agricultural producers. Financially successful farmers are more likely, and able, to care for their farms. By conserving water and soil resources and maintaining healthy habitat, they are investing in their future. Being financially successful also helps farmers keep their land in agricultural production. That’s good for the farm, native wildlife, water quality, and you!

Additionally, farmers markets are popular gathering places in the community. They are a great place for food, farm, and natural resource education for adults and children. Learning about the value of nutritious, fresh, and healthy whole foods is good for public health,. It’s also good for our agricultural producers, and our environment.

Power of Produce (POP) Clubs can be found at several local markets.

2024 Farmers Market Grants

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District will provide partnership grant awards to the following markets for the 2024 season.

Not all farmers markets in Clackamas County choose to participate in our partnership support grant program. Additional markets in our district include these noted below.

For more information about the Clackamas SWCD Farmers Market Support Grant Program, please contact Cathy McQueeney at 503-998-9952.

, , , , , , , ,

Clackamas SWCD