AIM has launched a new speaker series at our farmers markets called “Harvest Talks” where farmers, food producers, and community leaders tell their story about how they are creating a more responsible local food system. Think TEDTalk, but applied to a broad category related to AIM’s mission. For example, dive deep into the culture of oyster farming or learn the best strategy for arranging farm-fresh flowers. Harvest Talks are intended to educate a broad audience of market shoppers and eaters on the importance of agricultural education, food access, and food security.
Overview: Did you know the Grand Lake Farmers Market is one the top 100 redeemers of CalFresh (California’s name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) at a farmers market in the country? In recognition of May as CalFresh Awareness Month, hear from two leaders in California and nationally on CalFresh, as a California farmer, to share their stories about why CalFresh is an important safety next program. During these talks, you’ll learn about recent policy efforts and challenges affecting CalFresh enrollment. You’ll also learn of the role technology plays in making government services more accessible through the nationally-recognized application “GetCalFresh.Org.” Lastly, hear from a farmer who is a champion of CalFresh who will describe why CalFresh and Market Match incentives make California-grown produce more affordable to individuals experiencing hunger.
Andrew Cheyne, California Association of Food Banks
Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America
Adriana Silva, Tomatero Organic Farm