Dec. 10, 2016 – Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. hosted evaluation sessions and entrepreneur training for beginning farmers and ranchers at its facility in Clarksdale, MS. The events prepare participants both for starting or improving their own independent direct-to-consumer sales micro businesses and for participation in a collective program aggregating produce for sale to[…]
Earlier this week in our training space at the warehouse out on DeSoto in Clarksdale, a workshop for our beginning farmer and rancher program. Here, you see our tireless, committed, focused colleague from Tougaloo College extension. And some bare, boring walls in the classroom…thinking the space could use some murals or exciting artwork on the walls.[…]
With some hands-on help and practical ideas from our program and evaluation consultants (who happen to have designed and run a beautiful handmade soap (and more) business in Tucson, AZ), we’re upgrading and reorganizing the look of the market. Prettier looks (especially with our visiting colleague and grants management specialist Juan Pesquiera standing behind the crates), uniform[…]
Mississippi Delta Council for Farmworker Opportunities, Inc. growers in action. #myfarmer Sharing in celebration of National Farmers Market Week (August 2-13, 2016).
Youth working with Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. visited mentoring farmers running small, limited resource farms. The youth are involved in a program to learn local farming techniques and promotion, in partnership with Coahoma Agriculture High School (Clarksdale – Coahoma County), along with Quitman County Vocational School Agro-Science Department, (Marks – Quitman County),[…]
Our brand new project, Happy Foods Mobile Market.
In this post, we’re sharing a few more snapshots of some of the things happening in February, as participants in Mississippi Delta Council’s Delta FarmStart farmworker microenterprise program gets going in 2016. The program, which is funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Program (BFRDP) helps farmworkers and individuals new to[…]
Our two-day workshop, February 11-12, 2016, on basic business planning focused on break-even analysis to determine how long it will take for a new farming or ranching business to start making money. We worked together to answer these questions for each participant: Is there a business in this business? and What $500 investment in the business will[…]
We’ve got produce growing already for the 2016 season in Marks, Lambert, Crenshaw, Darling, and Tunica, Mississippi. Here are more photos of high tunnels on plots we are working throughout the Mississippi Delta.
Mississippi Delta Council Executive Director Don Green met with youth produce growers Jan 16 at our warehouse and training facility, 1536 Desoto Avenue, Clarksdale. Exciting new program of entrepreneurship, farming way of life, youth responsibility and leadership. Working with local high schools, community financial institutions, business and farming mentors. For more info, contact Samuel McCray[…]
Our friends, Sam and Bernestine McCray, at the Mississippi Delta Council warehouse fundraiser Tuesday evening receiving emergency relief of $2600 collected from the community. The McCray family home in Marks, MS was completely destroyed in the pre-Christmas tornados. Sam is our lead farm and food hub organizer, creative program developer, inclusive partnership-builder, and passionate advocate for farmworkers and their[…]
The home of one of our community’s key leaders at Mississippi Delta Council for Farmworker Opportunities, Inc. was completely destroyed by the tornado that touched down near Marks just days before Christmas. Sam McCray is known by many in the Delta as the retired field office staffer for Congressman Bennie Thompson working mostly in Coahoma,[…]
Join us and so many of our friends, farmer workers, and community colleagues in historic Marks, MS. Quitman County Mules & Blues Fest – Oct. 2-3, 2015 The talent line up is not kidding around and includes Kingston Fisher, Super Chikan, and Denise LaSalle. They are organizing a 5K walk/run to benefit veterans – fitness[…]
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[…]
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.
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,[…]
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[…]
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”[…]