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Listening Sessions for Certified Farmers’ Market Program

Update: David Karp offers specific suggestions for improvement in his Los Angeles Times. It’s available online, via the LATimes’ site.

Thanks to Amelia Saltsman–Slow Food member, author of The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook, and the public member of the California Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee–for alerting us to listening sessions that have been scheduled in the coming weeks.

Acting on a request from the Certified Farmers’ Market (CFM) Advisory Committee at its regular semi-annual meeting, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, working with farmers’ markets, has scheduled four listening sessions around the state to ask for public input about the CFM program and how it may be improved. In addition to the sessions that will be held in Sacramento, Fresno, and Berkeley, there will be a session in Santa Monica.

When: Monday, November 1, 2010 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm
Where: Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica
Cost: Free and open to the public.

Written comments will be accepted through November 22, 2010 and should be addressed to:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Inspection and Compliance Branch
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention CFM Comments

Comments may also be emailed to cfm@cdfa.ca.gov

The California Certified Farmers’ Market program has been in place since 1977 and was the first of its kind in the nation. The success of the program is demonstrated by more than 700 certified farmers’ markets around the state, serving as venues for an estimated 2,200 certified agricultural producers selling high-quality produce directly to consumers. A complete list of certified markets is available online.