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NEW – Harvest Talks: Carbon Farming

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 [...]

5% Community Giving Day

Shop at Whole Foods Market (Blithedale, Mill Valley, San Rafael, Novato) Thursday, April 18th, when they'll donate 5% of the store's sales in support of our organization. The sales will go directly to the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) to help the farmers markets, educational efforts, and programs. The more you spend that day, the more Whole Foods will give!

AIM Rises Above with our Farm Audit Program

Farmers markets are friendly community gathering places. Regular shoppers really get to know their farmers and their food. But, how do you know they’re really growing the food they’re selling? Fortunately, AIM has the answer. The “AIM Checked” Farm Audit Program, managed by Tyler Thayer, AIM’s Director of Education and Market Integrity, ensures the integrity of all seven of AIM’s farmers markets. The audit process begins with Tyler visiting a [...]

Featured Donor: Petit Teton Foundation

Cameron A. Crisman, CFA, farmer and family member of a unique family foundation: Petit Teton, was interviewed for this feature article highlighting one of AIM’s donors. He serves as CFO/CIO. AIM is grateful to be supported by Petit Teton Foundation, a small family foundation whose mission is to support Northern California nonprofits with an emphasis on education, particularly related to agriculture, and on land preservation. Petit Teton Foundation has been a [...]

Letter from Andy

Dear Friends of AIM, Happy New Year! Welcome to the second quarterly edition of AIM’s Planting our Future Newsletter. I hope 2019 is off to a wonderful start for you. Winter is in full swing at our farmers markets, and I love trying out seasonal recipes featuring the bounty of California-grown citrus and winter squash. This past week, I attended the EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove, where I interacted with farmers and [...]

Thank you for your support in 2018!

AIM greatly values the trust of our donors and partners. When we forge a new partnership or receive a contribution of any amount, we are thrilled to have engaged our community and grown the number of people and organizations actively committed to furthering our mission and expanding our impacts. During AIM’s 35-year history, the organization has evolved from its primary focus on operating high-quality farmers markets in the Bay Area, [...]

Don’t Wait Another Minute to Support AIM

We are thrilled by the more than 1 million people who supported local farmers and food purveyors in 2018, by shopping at one of AIM’s seven Bay Area farmers markets. But did you know, there is more you can do to help AIM support local farmers and sustainable food production? At the heart of AIM’s mission, we strive to cultivate a community of mindful, educated eaters who know the farmer [...]

Double Your Donation – Support AIM

The farmers market creates community and serves the public in responsible and delicious ways. This year, AIM has continued to grow the quality of our farmers market programs, renewing our commitment to bring fresh and responsibly produced ingredients to people across the Bay Area. Through AIM’s Farm Audit program, we ensure that all farmers are selling what they grow. Plus, in honor of AIM’s 35-year anniversary, we launched Chef’s Corner [...]

Make a Difference TODAY – Support AIM

Despite the abundance of farm fresh food in the Bay Area, far too many residents in our communities struggle to put healthy food on the table, resulting in greater food insecurity, hunger, poor nutrition, and diet-related health issues. At AIM, we are working hard to close the food access gap. In August 2018, AIM launched The Rollin’ Root, a mobile market stocked full with local, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. [...]


AIM's seven Farmers Markets are unaffected by Christmas and New Years and will be open same time, same locations.

Honoring Veterans at the Farmers Market

Honoring Veterans at the Farmers Market Andy Naja-Riese, CEO On any given day, a trip to the farmers market presents a unique opportunity for community gathering and learning directly from farmers, ranchers, fishers, and food purveyors about how they produce their food. However, this weekends’ markets represent something special – a time to recognize and thank our U.S. military veterans and service members. In fact, the Marin Farmers Market is [...]

Educating Multi-Generational Eaters

As a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization, AIM’s purpose is to educate the public about the health, environmental, and economic benefits of buying foods directly from farmers and other food producers. To help fulfill this mission, we have recently aligned our signature educational programs – Diggin’ the Market, Diggin’ the Classroom, and Diggin’ on the Farm to offer experiential learning opportunities to the next generation of eaters. In the 2017-2018 school [...]

Food Security and Food Systems

AIM’s CEO Andy Naja-Riese delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Summit in Idaho Hunger & Food Security in Boise. Andy’s talk focused on “Food Security and Food Systems: Collaboration for Change and Justice.” The audience included over 250 community leaders from Idaho and five states working together to create a more equitable food system that ends hunger and nourishes communities. We are so excited that Andy is sharing expertise [...]

YOU’RE INVITED TO CHEF’S CORNER: Good Cooking for a Healthy Life

AIM invites you to join us for a farmers market-to-table experience, featuring local chefs and their seasonally inspired dishes. STARTING THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th AT THE MARIN CIVIC CENTER FARMERS MARKET, 9am - 12pm In honor of 35 years of the Agricultural Institute of Marin, we’re excited to launch Chef’s Corner, which brings Bay Area chefs to the Marin Farmers Markets to offer free cooking demos. Almost every week, a rotating cast of chefs will create a [...]

Student Interns Wanted

AIM has an exciting opportunity for three (3) student interns or recent college graduates for practical, hands-on experiences: 1. Education intern, 2. Marketing & Communications intern, 3. Data and Metrics Intern. Interns will be assigned to complete one or more projects aligned with their academic and career interests in the fields of agricultural education, communications & marketing, or data and metrics. Interns will be assigned a mentor and will receive exposure to working in [...]

Farmers Markets Reduce the Ecological Footprint of our Food

Buying directly from local farmers means minimal to no packaging, far less transportation/fossil fuel use, and minimal energy used to process the food. Farmers markets create a space where the focus of food is on quality and farming practices rather than price alone. On Saturday, September 15, AIM’s CEO Andy Naja-Riese and Marketing Director Shayla Moran will be participating in the Climate Action Showcase at the College of Marin, an [...]

The Rollin’ Root is rolling through Marin after successful launch

Folks in Marin County should keep their eyes peeled for a new truck in town – one that’s better-looking than most.  It’s a beautiful Farmers Market on wheels, making its way to three stops in Marin every Thursday.  With a ribbon-cutting ceremony held during National Farmers Week in early August, AIM launched The Rollin’ Root with the goal of reaching low-income older adults with fresh fruits and vegetables at a [...]

AIM is Hiring: Apply Now – Staff Accountant Position

Do you want to use your accounting skills to improve the local and regional food system and support food and agricultural educational programs? The Agricultural Institute of Marin has an exciting opportunity for a staff accountant who wants to make a difference at a community-based non-profit organization! https://www.indeed.com/job/staff-accountant-59c4ec98be349cfd