GardenShare receives grant to study mobile farmers market idea


GardenShare has received a grant from the United State Department of Agriculture’s Local Food Promotion Program to evaluate the feasibility of having a mobile farmers market that would serve the more remote parts of St. Lawrence County. The grant, for $28,156, will allow GardenShare to evaluate the need for more access to fresh, locally grown produce, potential locations for a mobile farmers market to set up, and the interest of both consumers and farmers in this idea.

GardenShare expects to complete this work over the next nine to ten months and will engage area farmers, volunteers, and student interns in the project. If the result of the feasibility study suggests that a mobile farmers market is viable in St. Lawrence County, then GardenShare would be seeking funding to implement such a program, likely starting with the 2019 growing season.

For more information or to provide input to this project, please contact GardenShare at 315-261-8054 or

GardenShare has worked to end hunger and strengthen our local food system since 1996. Originally formed as a network of gardeners sharing their extra harvest with local food pantries, GardenShare has since embraced a larger vision for the region, which is sumarized in the slogan, "Healthy Food, Healthy Farms, Everybody Eats." The organization's work to help low-income people access fresh, locally grown food and to strengthen the food system are designed to move the community toward GardenShare's mission - to solve the problem of hunger in St. Lawrence County through policy advocacy work and by strengthening the food system to benefit all County residents.

October 20, 2017