Farmers’ Market Support Act of 2013

This legislation is designed to assist and promote DC farmers’ markets by helping them navigate permitting processes and developing a citywide advertising campaign. Through a nutrition incentive fund, this legislation will also supplement federal nutrition assistance dollars spent at farmers markets.

Key features:

  • Support for farmers’ markets navigating legal processes:

    • Creates a District position for a “farmers’ market ambassador,” who will be available to assist new and existing farmers’ markets with regulatory procedures and approvals, permitting processes, and other applications, permits, etc. as needed.

  • Citywide farmers’ market promotional campaign:

    • Establishes a central (voluntary) registration of DC farmers’ markets; the Mayor will use this list to promote farmers’ markets in the District.

    • The Mayor will also provide for the design, plan, and implementation of a District-wide marketing and advertising plan promoting the availability and advantages of purchasing local produce; the mayor will also establish a website including a comprehensive listing of DC farmers’ markets.

  • Assistance to low income community members:

    • Establishes a Farmers’ Market Nutrition Incentive Fund, which will be used to supplement nutrition assistance dollars (SNAP, WIC, SFMNP) at DC farmers’ markets.

Next steps: This bill was introduced in October 2013 and sat under council review but never moved forward. To be considered, this bill needs to be re-introduced to the new council. However, the ideas proposed in this legislation could also be redesigned and integrated into the role of the new Food Policy Council and Director.

To learn more:
View the press release from the office of CM Mary Cheh.

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