Care2.com is partnering with LocalHarvest.org to raise awareness of local foods, family farms, and community farmers markets and to reward America's favorite farmers market through this fun, summer-long contest. Vote for our Farmers Market!
Show the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market some love - help it win national recognition and up to $5,000 through an online contest. The "Love Your Farmers’ Market" contest will award voters’ favorite Farmers’ Markets with cash prizes, which will go a long way toward helping support local family farmers and providing Bloomington with fresh, healthy, locally grown food.
Care2 will award $5,000 to the farmers market that receives the most votes!
Such a contest couldn't be more timely. With a global recession, food scares and growing concern over industrial farming practices, Americans are searching for ways to reconnect with local, healthy and safe foods for themselves and their families. "Recession gardens" are popping up around the country. Organic food is a $20 billion industry and still expanding in spite of the economy. First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground on the new White House organic vegetable garden. More and more, Americans are visiting their local Farmers’ Markets to feed their families and support their local farmers.
From June 19th to September 22nd, people can vote online, for their favorite farmers market to help that market win. Voting is free and simple. There are prizes for farmers markets and individual voters. Vote for our Farmers Market!
We love sharing great news about our local vendors. Check this out - Stranger’s Hill Organics is featured in the June 2009 issue of Inc. Magazine for its use of collaboration technology and tools and was featured on the Homepage of Inc.com on June 25th. Local farmers using technology to do grow beautiful, organic produce.
Although e-mail remains the primary method of office communication, businesses are increasingly turning to programs designed specifically for office collaboration
By Darren Dahl
When employees spend a lot of time in the field, it can be difficult to manage projects and share information. Especially when those employees are actually out in the middle of a giant field. That was the situation at Stranger's Hill Organics, an 81-acre farm in Bloomington, Indiana, that grows organic produce and sells it to Whole Foods Market, food co-ops, and farmers' markets. Almost two years ago, the farm's founders, Dale and Lee Jones, brought on four new partners to help fund an expansion. That created some problems. The founders continued to work at the farm, but the new partners held jobs elsewhere and could make it out there only a few hours a week. That made it difficult for the owners to discuss topics such as tax planning, marketing budgets, and which crops were ready for harvest. "It was almost impossible to get everyone together on a regular basis," says Rick Dietz, one of the new partners. Keep reading on INC.
August 2009 Green Drinks Bloomington Looks at Integrated Pest Management
You can see more photos from Aimee Dars Ellis on her Flickr site.