WVFMA Mini-Grant Program: Empowering Farmers Markets Across West Virginia

WV Farmers Market Association awards $20K+ to farmers markets across state

CHARLESTON, W.VA.—Seven West Virginia farmers markets around West Virginia are growing and expanding thanks to new funding through the West Virginia Farmers Market Association.

The West Virginia Farmers Market Association, a nonprofit that helps advance farmers markets in the state, awarded seven “Mini Grants” ranging from $1,365 to $5,000 to help farmers markets boost their operations, marketing, and overall impact.

“These ‘Mini Grants’ can transform our small markets, who requested everything from coolers and freezers to point of sale systems,” said Holly Morgan, executive director of the West Virginia Farmers Market Association.

“These investments in our local markets are also investments in our community, which will benefits all West Virginians.”

WVFMA Mini Grant recipients include:

1. Doddridge County Farmers Market – $5,000

2. Spencer Farmers Market – $4,310

3. Warwood Farmers Market – $4,050

4. New Roots Community Farm – $3,500

5. Pendleton County Farmers Market – $2,475

6. Honey Do Produce – $1,800

7. Charles Town Farmers Market – $1,365

Honey Do Produce, located in Ashton, W.Va., responded to the news on Facebook: “We applied for a mini grant through the WVFMA and we were one of the very lucky markets who received grant funding! We’re so grateful to receive this funding! By next spring we plan to be completely under roof and we’ll be expanding. We’ll be using this grant money to have Internet and WiFi installed and a new point of sale system. No more cell phone apps, hoping to get a signal. We also plan on adding our own farm raised meats. We’ll be starting with pork and adding beef by spring. And we’re really considering adding farm raised poultry as well. Big changes are on the way and we hope that you’ll all join us in this journey!”

The WVFMA Mini-Grant Program is funded by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Grants will be offered again this year with an increased funding allotment.