Please learn about Friends of MAAM

There’s a great group forming in Montgomery County, MD  to create an indoor and outdoor marketplace in North Potomac at the historic Maple Springs Barn on Darnestown road.   http://friendsofmaam.com/2014/11/02/moco-agricultural-arts-indoor-market/  is where you can sign up to help  or just show your support as a consumer and member public who support local farmers and artisans.   It’s important that consumers show support for markets where farmers can sell directly to there customers.  Sign up today!

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Technology to help the local meat farmers

Be sure to follow online events this weekend as a group in New York City “hacks” or discusses ways that technology can be applied to the local food business to help farmers sell more, and to help consumers know more about the food that they buy and feed to their families. Scan our QR codes and stay tuned for more info.

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Small Farmers can get a Big Boost with smart labels

Produce,  and Meats from small farms can now gain access to affordable GTIN bar-codes, packaged with QR codes and a mobile marketing app,  so that customers can find and purchase quickly,  and be sure that the food is part of a local economy.  Stay tuned for new locations with “source verified”  food grown by family farms

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Local Meat BUYER survey

We’re gathering information on buyers of local foods,  particularly in schools, hospitals and other institutions and would appreciate survey responses ( link attached)  if you fall into any of those categories OR if you are a retail buyer concerned with finding truly local meats.   This is for the QR and GTIN bar-code system  that’s now being tested.  THANKS for helping us gain some meaningful responses to help local farms label their goods in the most cost effective and most efficient ways !   Eat Well.

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Farmer Survey regarding local food labeling

We’re thrilled to announced that a survey is now active through June 7th  to gauge interest in a Local Food Labeling system that will allow small family farms to get standard bar-codes  for their products to improve shipping, inventory and retailing at little or no cost to the farm.  Consumers want to confirm that anything labeled as ” Local Food”  really does come directly from a farm in their area,  and the Locale system provides for a direct link to farm information, including the exact location, from a simple smart phone app that scans the Locale bar-code.   Please link to the survey to participate and include contact information at the end if you think this can help your farm and community.

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Look for a survey on “source verified” foods in Maryland soon

Our team has created a survey to first determine farmer’s interest and questions about the QR and GTIN bar-code labeling that is now available in our region through the good people at OurLocale.com.  Please participate in the survey,  and check back with http://www.localechesapeake.com  for a link in the coming weeks.  We want to create a system for all consumers, institutional buyers, restaurants, farmers market customers and all consumers to “Know their Farmer”  and so that we can all choose foods that are carefully grown to the highest of standards.  “Source Verified”  is important to us all.

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It’s time to sign up your farm – and find local foods easily

Through some generous grant funding,  LocaleChesapeake.com  is able to establish QR codes and GTIN Bar-codes so that family farmers can easily get labels on their products that will help consumers find their farm.  For starters,  if you profile your farm,  and create an inventory of the products you expect to sell this season, then internet-savvy consumers will be able to “find” your products and send advance orders or see which farmers markets you participate in.  Those same consumers can save your location on their phones or laptops and come back to purchase at their convenience.  LocaleChesapeake will also get you 500 ” shelf talkers”  4 X 6″ cards with a QR code that links to your farm’s website or profile on OurLocale.com.   It’s all designed to help you sell more directly,  and to help consumers find farms and farmers they wish to become part of their regular food supply.   Farmers, visit OurLocale.com and look for the big Green GO button.    Consumers,  browse farms in your area,  and enjoy connecting with your own local food supply

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New Technologies and New processes for “Local Food” in Maryland

http://www.marylandtedco.org/calendarofevents/detail.cfm?eventID=393 Link to this week’s event about aquaculture and technology for agriculture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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Buy Local Challenge in Maryland

The Governor and the Department of Agriculture in Maryland are once again creating a ” Buy Local Challenge” to residents of the Free State. July 21st is the date for the Cook-off at the Governor’s house in Annapolis and it kicks off a week of focus on Maryland grown foods with events running from July 23-31 across the state. Visit http://www.BUY-LOCAL-CHALLENGE.com for info on how your workplace can participate and possibly win a catered lunch for the office!

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Top 10 Produce – see how technology can help independent farms market

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