February 23rd, 2014

Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP – WIC & Seniors) and Fruit & Vegetable Check Program (FVC) Training on February 25

by Amy Crone

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) will be offering the annual training sessions for farmers to become authorized to participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP – WIC & Seniors) and the Fruit & Vegetable Check Program (FVC).

MDA administers the FMNP and DHMH administers the FVC, and they have partnered so that there is one joint application for both programs for farmers who choose to accept these checks for low-income participants to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets throughout Maryland.  Face to face training and submission of the full application is required once every three years; in the interim years a farmer must submit which farmers markets he or she will be selling at for the season.

New this Year: It is required that farmers must RSVP for the session he/she will be attending here:

Any session having less than 5 people signed up for it will be cancelled. Cancellation will be determined 48 hours prior to the session.

This is the fourth of 12 training opportunities this year; the time and location are:

  • Washington County: Washington County Ag Center – 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. 9am – noon. (map)

About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.