Another exciting project in our area that opened in June this year is the Delta Muletrain Regional Market in Marks, MS. Some of our producers, partners, and colleagues are involved in the project, which includes a museum, food court, art, mules, and history. Video from Mississippi Public Broadcasting shows what’s happening. Marks, MS is where a people’s caravan[…]
Clifton Lockett is a leading producer for the MDCFWOI program and his gardens have been a demonstration site for our partners to see the practice and potential of what we are working to develop here in the Mississippi Delta. Robbie Pollard owner of Happy Food Mobile Market; Clifton Lockett, MDCFWOI/Crossroad Farmers Market participant & Owner of[…]
MDCFWOI Partners Produce Cooperative Association came together to open a vegetable processor. Attendees included: Calvin Head, CEO/President Mileston Cooperative Association, Ms. Trina George, State Director, RD/USDA, Carol Blackmon, Consultant, Children Defense Fund, and Oleta Fitzgerald, Southern Regional Director.
Mississippi Delta Council for Farmworkers’s Crossroad Farmers Market partnered with AARP and USDA to encourage and assist our vendors while encouraging customers to use EBT/SNAP. Customers who are SNAP recipients who make purchases of ten dollars will receive an additional ten dollars worth of produce at no out-of-pocket cost—their ten dollars can be doubled in fresh Mississippi Delta-grown produce. The[…]
The Crossroads Farmers Market arose as a project of the Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities, Inc. (MDCFWOI), a job training and placement agency, because of needs in our community for farmworkers to increase earnings and for low-income consumers to have easier access to quality, local fresh food. The Farmers Market Promotion Program of[…]
Consider buying a gift card for someone you know or for a family in need served by Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. (MDCFWO). MDCFWOI provides food assistance every month to approximately 1200 very low-income families representing five counties in the Mississippi Delta. You can help. Contact project organizer Samuel McCray at (662) 627-1121.[…]
Some of our vendors, as well as the MDC Crossroads Farmers Market itself, can now accept EBT, debit, and credit cards. We know this is important as a way of increasing access to fresh food. EBT accepted here. We welcome SNAP benefits.
Civil Rights, Then and Now Dr. Hilliard Lawrence Lackey, III and Howard L. Feinstein Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Noon Madison Shannon Palmer High School Library 1315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Marks, MS This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer. Join us to discuss civil rights then and now, with Dr. Lackey,[…]
Anticipated Opening Weekend for MDC Crossroads Farmers Market 2014: Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 Meet our farmers. Purchase fresh, local Mississippi Delta produce. • MDC Crossroads Farmers Market will be able to accept SNAP, debit, and credit card payments (EBT), making POS payment capacity available to all MDC Crossroads Market Vendors. A number of our[…]
Photos from a recent tour of MDC Crossroads Farmers Market vendor Frank Wilbourn’s farm. Among the visitors were our friends from Shreveport Federal Credit Union.
In January 2014, Rep. Bennie Thompson submitted this profile of our colleague Frank Wilbourne to the website CapitolWords, a project of the Sunlight Foundation. “Mr. Wilbourn was born and raised in Marks, MS. He is 71 years old and has the ageless quality of someone with natural wisdom and a generous spirit. At age 22,[…]
• In February, MDCFWOI helped approximately 10 producers apply and become approved for NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Insurance), Federal insurance managed by the USDA Farm Services Agency system that covers vegetable and other crops for limited-resource farmers. • MDCFWOI is helping qualifying farmers in our network, including those producing on “backyard farms,” to obtain hoop[…]
Watch this space this and next week for new photos and news about the 2014 season of the farmers market out at our warehouse on DeSoto in Clarksdale, MS. We’re adding EBT/SNAP option. We have cold storage for our vendors. And in the background, we’re working with our vendors to develop ways to get their[…]
Thanks again to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service for continued support. We are planning our 2014 farmers market now and anticipate opening in early June. We have added cold storage in the warehouse, which will be advantageous to our produce vendors this summer.
Area school food service directors tour produce processing facility in Marks, MS. Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc., with Alcorn State University and Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative/Women in Agriculture hosted a tour of the vegetable processing plant in Marks, MS for area public school district food service directors. Our growers will have[…]
Installing industrial-sized cold storage in the warehouse, on the site of our farmers market in Clarksdale—soon to be filled with Mississippi Delta Grown produce grown by our independent small-farm growers. If you are a farmworker growing vegetables on a small farm or plot in the Mississippi Delta and may be interested in participating in projects[…]
Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities Inc and Alcorn State University will work together to market fresh and frozen vegetables to consumers in the Mississippi Delta. MDCFWOI will provide two refrigerated trucks to transport vegetables to the processing plant and from the plant to local schools. Also, MDCFWOI has a commercial freezer that will[…]
A story in this morning’s Washington Post newspaper featured the test kitchen at the Capital Area Food Bank. At their warehouse, “A chef had accepted the challenge to conjure nutritious meals from some of the food bank’s most popular items — dishes that required less than $8 to feed four. “You can’t get to healthy without[…]
In a pilot project funded by USDA’s Beginning Farmer Rancher Program, MDCFWOI provided business planning support and assistance to 21 selected participants who represent limited resource, socially-disadvantaged farm and ranch or farm labor backgrounds. Within workshop curriculum developed for the program and tailored to the selected group of participants, MDCFWOI introduced and tested an “Estimated Profit”[…]
Comments made at the Crossroads Farmers Market Launch and Celebration of Partners and New Programs, Aug. 20, 2013, Clarksdale: Mississippi Delta Council Executive Director Don Green asked me to say a few words about new programming coming to this facility, and about the connection between the two major partners in the projects being announced today.[…]
Colleagues Bonita Conwell and Gloria Sturdevant speaking this week at Rooting Wealth in Little Rock. Their topic—Back to the Future: Farms, Food, and Renewal in the Deep South.
Re-posted from the USDA Blog Farmers markets have become a critical ingredient to our nation’s economy, food systems, and communities. Connecting rural to urban, farmer to consumer, and fresh ingredients to our diets, farmers markets are becoming economic and community centerpieces in cities and towns across the U.S. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity[…]
The following article By JESSE Wright appeared in the Press Register on Thursday, August 22, 2013: New endeavor has already received grant from US Dept. of Agriculture Tuesday afternoon a handful of farmers from the Delta spread their vegetables out under a tarp on Highway 49. The Crossroads Farmer’s Market was open for business. The[…]
Today, we partnered with Alcorn State University’ Extension Program providing Mississippi Delta’s grown watermelons on the lunch menu of the three schools (Quitman County Elementary, Quitman Middle and Madison Shannon Palmer High) in Quitman County School District. Over 1,500 students, teachers and staff! We received coverage in the Quitman County Democrat. Mr. French Miller, Food[…]
Mississippi Delta Southern Rural Black Women in Agriculture and the Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. Announce a Value Added Producer Grant by USDA Rural Development and the Grand Opening of the MDC/FWOI Farmers Market MS Delta SRBWI and MDC/FWOI are collaborating initiatives in the MS Delta to develop a regional food hub[…]