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Monday, July 19, 2010

Florida Small Farmers Receive A Little Help From Their Friends

Florida small farmers are receiving a lot of a 'little help from their friends' to come to the 2010 Florida Small Farm Conference. This assistance has come in the form of scholarships that are assisting in the expenses to attend both days on July 31 and August 1, 2010.

For example, here are the descriptions of the sources of these scholarships:

1) Donations received during registration to the Conference by attendees have been received and have totaled enough to fund 15 scholarships!

2) The Florida Association of Community Farmers Markets has sponsored 8 scholarships through their organization. The Florida Association of Community Farmers Markets, Inc. (FACFM) is a member-driven organization whose purpose is to improve the link between farm and table by supporting farmers and educating consumers on the benefits of buying local and supporting their community farmers' markets. For more information about FACFM see their website at https://sites.google.com/a/facfm.org/facfm/

3) The following chapters of Slow Food USA have sponsored scholarships for their local farmers. Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. For more information about Slow Food see their website at http://www.slowfoodusa.org/

a) Slow Food Orlando has provided 6 scholarships through their organization. For their info see their website at http://www.slowfoodorlando.org/

b) Slow Food Miami has provided 2 scholarships through their organization. For their info see their website at http://www.slowfoodmiami.com/

c) Slow Food Gold & Treasure Coast has awarded 2 scholarships. For their info see their website at http://www.slowfoodgtc.com/

d) Slow Food First Coast has awarded 1 scholarship. For their info see their website at http://slowfoodfirstcoast.com/

e) Slow Food Greater Sarasota has awarded 2 scholarships. For their info see their website at http://www.meetup.com/slowfoodsarasota/

f) Slow Food Glades to Coast has awarded 3 scholarships. For their info see their website at http://www.slowfoodgladestocoast.com/

4) The Suncoast Food Alliance has awarded 2 scholarships. For their info see their website at http://suncoastfoodalliance.com/

With such actions, it's clear to see that the small farmers of Florida do indeed have a growing community of supporters who are demonstrating their commitment to them. So when you come to the 2010 FL Small Farm Conferenc be sure to introduce yourself to the small farmers in attendance and tell them just how much you appreciate their hard work to bring local foodsl to your tables.

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