MDCFWOI’s Beginning Farmers have a new agreement with a local Wal-Mart to sell yellow straight neck squash, which is also being sold at our Crossroads Farmers Market in Clarksdale. These samples are from beginning farmer Marvin Weatherby, who farms in Falcon, MS. Mississippi Delta Council is working on agreements with Headstart centers, schools, and prisons[…]
Last week, we had kale, cabbage, cucumbers, kale, summer squash, fat red cherry tomatoes, asian eggplants, homemade jams, cooking herbs, and fresh eggs. This weekend, we expect peas, sweet corn, and more squash and cukes. Our growers are farming all kinds of greens, peas, butter beans, green beans, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew. Chemical[…]
Mr. Erly Robinson is one of the participants in the MDC programs.
Ernestine and Dorfus Young, a husband and wife team participating in our Delta Farm Start program deliver eggs to Sweet Magnolia Gelato in Clarksdale, MS. The Youngs and Sweet Magnolia’s founder Hugh Balthrop met through an MDCFWOI quick business planning workshop funded by USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture and conducted by DRAResources and ChangeMatters. Mr. Balthrop is inspired[…]
Mr. Edward Wiley’s Agricultural Class at the Quitman County Vocational & Technical School, a partner of Mississippi Delta Council for Farmworkers, Inc.
Your Contributions Support Our Work The MDCFWOI team has been working hard in 2015 to sustain long-standing programs, develop initiatives, and respond both to promising opportunities and extraordinary weather disasters. You can help make a difference this next year by contributing financially to this work. Mississippi Delta Council welcomes donations and gifts of in-kind goods[…]
Our brand new project, Happy Foods Mobile Market.
We are delighted to announce our 2015 annual report. The last financial year has been another period of growth and achievement. We continue to improve evaluation of our existing projects to understand what truly works best for our low-income customers, farmers and vendors, and we are working to expand programs and deepen connections within the community. A message[…]
The past year has been an active one for our organization. This year, we hope to do more! MDCFWOI has its sights on plans that will lead toward greater economic opportunity and resiliency among people in the Mississippi Delta. Programs: In 2016, MDCFWOI plans to add a mobile market to the farmers market and an on-site cold[…]
MDCFWOI youth growers and mentors participated in the local Producers Meeting plus processing training and tour of Alcorn State University’s vegetable processing facility (April 7, 2016). They are pictured standing underneath the Marks Mule Train commemorative mural painted by our friend and local painter, musician, and art teacher Rosalind Wilcox. At the Delta Regional Mule Train Market &[…]
Clifton Lockett is one of our DeltaFarmStart participants. His family has been involved in farming for generations. His farming operation is being mentored and advised from Tougaloo College FarmAid program Alcorn State University. Might not look like much yet…it’s early in the season. But farming takes patience! C
With one of the highest unemployment rate in nation, the Mississippi Delta is a tough place for an aspiring teen to find a summer job. At MDCFWOI, we are working to create a more positive future for our community and that’s why MDCFWOI developed the Youth Grower Opportunity and Market program. The Youth Grower Opportunity and Market Program[…]
During March 10th through 13th, one of the worst natural disasters hit the Clarksdale area. Flooding has displaced over 150 families. Numerous families are still in need of a hotel room. Please help us to obtain additional hotel rooms by making your checks payable to: Mississippi Delta Council 1005 North Street Clarksdale, MS 38614 For:[…]
Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Workers Opportunities, Inc. Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. (MDCFWOI) was organized in 1971 as a private non-profit corporation to operate programs to assist migrant and seasonal farm workers in Mississippi and to help them seek alternatives to agricultural labor or improve the agricultural lifestyle of those who[…]
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[…]
The market logo refers to local family farmers bringing fresh and local product to the Mississippi Delta. It puts the emphasis squarely on the farm workers who produce and bring local product to consumers. The tagline, A Project of Mississippi Delta Council, recognizes the market’s host institution and its long-standing commitment to opening access, promoting[…]
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.
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,[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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.[…]