Farmers Market Information Days - March 2013
The agenda for these free workshops is as follows: Expanded FMNP training, Mandatory Farmer Training for the WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks Program, and an update on SNAP at farmers markets.
To Register, please call the federation office at (315) 637 - 4690
For information including locations, or for instructions on how to attend the webinar workshop instead, see the full letter from Jonathan Thomson at the Department of Agriculture and Markets below.
Click here to view or print the letter as a PDF: 2013 Webinar Invite Letter.pdf
STATE OF NEW YORK
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235
Division of Agricultural Development
Beginning in January of 2009 WIC families in New York State began receiving traditional monthly WIC checks to be used exclusively for the purchase of vegetables and fruit from traditional WIC vendors (e.g. grocery stores). New York was the first state in the nation to implement this new feature to the WIC Program. In partnership with the NYS Department of Health, the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets created the WIC Vegetables and Fruit Check Program (WIC VF), a system to enable farmers to gain authorization to accept these traditional monthly WIC checks for vegetables and fruit at farmers markets.
To become an authorized vendor to accept these traditional WIC vegetables and fruit checks farmers must:
ü Be currently enrolled in the NYS Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).
ü Sign a separate WIC VF application and WIC VF agreement.
ü Participate in an annual free training program session such as one of the below online webinars.
The free online farmer training program will be repeated on the following dates:
To register online, please click on the appropriate link above.
Once you register online, you will receive an email containing a unique hyperlink to view the online webinar, as well as a phone number so that you can listen to the audio of the presentation.
Equipment requirements for the online webinar:
ü Telephone connection
ü High speed Internet access
ü PC-based attendees: Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, VISTA, or newer
ü Macintosh-based attendees: Mac OSX X 10.4 or newer
To attend a free face-to-face training program session, please see the schedule below for the NYS Farmers’ Market Information Days (FMIDs), hosted across the state in partnership with the Farmers Market Federation of NY.
AGENDA: Expanded FMNP training, Mandatory Farmer Training for WIC Vegetables and Fruit Check Program, and SNAP at farmers markets – update
Friday, March 22 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Clarion Hotel, Batavia
8250 Park Ave
Friday, March 22 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Cornell Cooperative Extension, Auburn
248 Grant Ave.
Wednesday, March 27 9:00 AM – 12 Noon Cornell Cooperative Extension, Voorheesville
24 Martin Rd.
Wednesday, April 3 9:00 AM – 12 Noon New York City
Seafarer’s Inn, 123 E. 15th Street
Important: To register, please contact the Farmers Market Federation of NY (315) 637-4690
If you have any questions please contact:
Jacqueline Follain Sarah Johnson
(518) 457-6880 (518) 457-1721