January 10th, 2016

MDFMA to attend and present at 2016 Wholesome Wave Summit

by Amy Crone

The Maryland Farmers Market Association is excited to attend the Wholesome Wave 2016 Summit, being held in Atlanta GA in the third week of January. The three day conference will be jam-packed with interesting sessions aimed to bring together the community of farmers market organizations involved in incentive programs throughout the country. MDFMA is looking forward to attending and spending time with others in the field – learning and sharing in order to collectively strengthen our work.

MDFMA’s Executive Director Amy Crone will also be on a panel entitled “Organizing for State Nutrition Incentive Policies” on Monday afternoon where she will be discussing the various challenges and means to approach state policies for nutrition incentive programs along with representatives from the Ecology Center in California and Experimental Station in Illinois.

The Transforming Food Access: Accelerating Affordability with Nutrition Incentives Summit will be a great time to collaborate with others and MDFMA is pleased to be a part of this inaugural Summit!

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.