ALBANY — Farmers interested in participating in the WIC Vegetables and Fruit Check Program (WIC VF) or Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) this market season are invited to attend group webinar-viewing sessions at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE Erie).
New farmers participating in FMNP and all farmers participating in the WIC VF program must undergo a formal training offered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (Department), and submit proof of training. CCE Erie will host these one-hour webinar presentations and administer a program quiz that will be returned to the Department as proof of training. New farmers in the FMNP must undergo formal training in their first year only. All farmers in the WIC VF program must undergo formal training every year.
The viewing session is free to attend and will last 2 hours (1 hour for each session). CCE Erie will offer both webinars on Feb 1st from 12pm-3pm.
If you would like to attend please RSVP to Megan Burley by January 27th at 716-652-5400 x138 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The viewing session will be held in the CCE conference Room on Feb 1st at 21 South Grove Street, East Aurora, NY
You may also register for any of the online webinars independently on the Department website: http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AP/agservices/fmnp-wicvf-webinars.html.
FMNP Webinar Dates and Times
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 12 Noon – 1:00pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12 Noon – 1:00pm
Friday, February 3, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
WIC VF Webinar Dates and Times
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12 Noon – 1:00pm
Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 2:30pm – 3:30pm
What is FMNP?
The New York State Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) consists of two programs: the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). Those who are eligible for these programs are provided checks to redeem for fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets. The purpose of the program is to promote improved nutrition through increased consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also intended to expand sales at farmers’ markets and farm stands. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets collaborates with the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Office for the Aging, and Cornell Cooperative Extension in administering the program. Program runs June 1 – November 30.
–New York State Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
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