Beth Knorr, Market Manager & Local Food Programs Coordinator
I was recently appointed to the USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. This committee of industry professionals is assembled a couple of times each year to provide recommendations to Secretary Vilsack on the various programs and services the Department of Agriculture provides to this industry. I am very honored to have received this appointment, and – being the only one from Ohio to serve on the committee – look forward to bringing Ohio’s voice to Washington, D.C.
When my resume was requested back in August, I was told that they were seeking someone who could represent small scale Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers and farmers’ market vendors- and indeed over the past 12 years I have been a CSA farmer, a farmers’ market vendor, and now a farmers’ market manager. I am sure these experiences will serve me well over the next two years in this new role.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what this committee should address, and hope you will share your ideas in the comments.