One of my big goals for the farmers market is to open up access to everyone in our community by investing in a wireless EBT/SNAP and credit/debit card system. It’s expensive to set up, train vendors, and promote to the community. The money is not in this year’s budget and we unfortunately missed the 2011 grant rounds from USDA and ODA.
Tonight I presented to the board of directors for our local environmental council about the local food entrepreneur/community licensed kitchen project, the farm to school conference last month, and the market. I took a chance and told them that I’m seeking local funding to purchase the equipment and tokens, and asked if they had any suggestions for who to approach in our county so I can get it set up this year.
They funded it. On the spot. They’re giving the market up to $1500 to purchase the wireless device, the tokens, and marketing materials. It might even pay for my training. I just have to put a written proposal together next week and they’ll disburse the funds to the market.
I am beside myself with pride and happiness. Our 53 vendor market will be able to take food stamps this year. A large part of our population will be able to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, and even food producing plants for their gardens or window planters using their Ohio Directions Card. And the market will also be able to take credit/debit cards so people who didn’t think to bring more than a fiver can get those bushels of tomatoes for the salsa they suddenly need to make without having to drive anywhere.
warriormcpoet said: This is a Raymond Carver short story in the guise of a Tumblr entry.
I’m still high from WMCP’s compliment and thinking about how much I always want to write about my childhood, but just never make the time to do it. It’s a story and a half.
The more you know.
when did they start making it so you can’t fast forward through even ONE of the motherfleeping previews and promotions on a DVD? And when did they start putting 27 minutes worth of that shit on the disc in front of the Mauddamn movie I paid to see?
I would like to volunteer to provide the totally organic, Ohio-grown salad greens and homemade sourdough bread for all. And maybe a lap dance or two. For Kate.
You dicks get what you get and you don’t get upset.
Tonight we attended Lila’s school spring concert in the high school auditorium. Last weekend I finally upgraded my limping iPhone 3G to the 4 and downloaded Skype, thinking it would be fun to let Lila talk with grandma while we’re on a long ride or something. Apparently the app had me logged in so it looked like I was online, and when my mom was finished Skyping with her other grandchildren, she gave us a try.
The 5th grade choir was singing and my phone vibrated with a push notification that my mom was trying to call me on Skype. I texted her that I was at the concert, but that if she’d like to watch, she should call again in a minute. She got to watch the entire thing, which totally made her week. Poor woman has been having a very rough go of it with my step father lately, and then with several bouts of walking pneumonia. Stress really does wear you down. But tonight she was grinning from ear to ear, and I got to see her smiling for the first time in weeks while she watched the kids sing their songs from the wild west.
We are so fortunate.