Farm Aid has launched a web-based Farmer Resource Network to help farmers meet consumer demand for more family-farmed foods.
Across the country, more people are reaching for local, organic and sustainably grown food from family farms. The online network will link family farmers to new, innovative ideas that can help them fulfill this consumer appetite. It also supplies tools to help put new farmers on the land.
“Family farmers are real heroes and true innovators,” says Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. “Every day they’re coming up with new ideas, and now they have a tool to learn about what works from each other. Their ingenuity guarantees a strong future of family farm food.”
Working with organizations like the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, the Organic Farming Research Foundation and Rodale Institute, Farm Aid created the network to help increase the number of family farmers and ensure good food is available to everyone.
“Eaters everywhere are telling us they want to know that family farmers are growing their food,” says Farm Aid Executive Director Carolyn Mugar. “They want fresh food grown close to home, and they want to know the environment is being protected in the process. This burgeoning Good Food Movement creates a tremendous opportunity for family farmers. The Farmer Resource Network is there to help farmers connect to this rising wave of enthusiasm for good food.”