Monday, July 26, 2010

Three-minute interview with CHCM's Robert Schubert

If you've not already done so, check out the Washington Examiner's Emily Babay's interview with Columbia Heights Community Marketplace manager Robert Schubert.   It ran in the July 23 edition of the Examiner.   The interview is jam packed full of information—such as why it was founded and when and hopes for the future.   Most interesting, though, is this:
What are the elements of a successful farmers market?
All in all, a good market will set the stage to create connections between and among local farmers, shoppers and the wider community....   However, people with limited incomes often can't participate as much as they might like.   That's why we're thrilled with the recent launch of our new CHFestivus Bucks, Festibucks for short, program.   Thanks to the wonderful and diligent help of Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, we secured $5,000 that will allow people who use [Women, Infants and Children Program] "Fresh Checks," Senior [Farmers Market Nutrition Program] vouchers and food stamps to increase the amount, up to $10, that they can spend on food each Saturday.

More information about CHFestivus Bucks (in English and Spanish) are in this flier previously posted on the blog.

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