Local Food Systems
COVID-19 Resources for Direct Marketing Farmers
This webpage provides a listing of resources for direct marketing farmers and value-added agriculture entrepreneurs that may be helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources have been gathered from many sources including other universities/Extension programs, government agencies and industry organizations. The list will continue to be updated as additional resources are created or discovered.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, people may want to know if it is safe to visit or operate a community garden. Check out these resources for best practices and answers to frequently asked questions.
COVID-19 and Community Gardens
Community Supported Agriculture
These resources provide steps Community Supported Agriculture operators should take to ensure the health of their staff, the public, and themselves amid COVID-19.
CSA Innovation Network
Farms and Small Businesses
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers and ranchers may be thinking about marketing channel options. This section includes a list of relevant information and resources to support farmers as we work together to adapt operations and business models.
Cultivating Success TM Program and University of Idaho Extension COVID-19 Resources
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Blog Posts:
COVID-19's Economic Impact on Local Food Markets
Mitigating Immediate Harmful Impacts of COVID-19 on Farms and Ranches through Local Markets
Find news and resources for employers of the H2-A Visa Program and recommendations for how to maintain a safe and healthy workplace for your employees.
H2-A Visa Program
Farmers market operators and vendors are wondering how best to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. This section provides guidance and considerations on operating farmers markets.
This document provides guidance and considerations for how best to operate farm stands during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Financial Assistance Programs for Small Businesses
This section identifies funding opportunities and other federal resources that can help support farmers and rural communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
American Farmland Trust Farmer Relief Fund Grant:
Cash grants up to $1,000 each for small to mid-sized direct farm marketers. Initial application extending until April 23, 2020. (Added 04/06/2020)
CARES Act Assistance for Small Businesses: Paycheck Protection Program Information from the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Added 04/03/2020)
The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act (Added 04/02/2020)
Are there financial programs to help farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic? (Added April 1, 2020)
Financial Assistance Programs for Farmers (Added April 1, 2020)
Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist (Added March 31, 2020)
Food Safety for Consumers and Food Industry
Both large and small fresh produce growers have questions about how COVID-19 will affect how they do business in the near term. The following resources provide information on food safety practices.
Colorado State University Food Systems COVID-19 Food Supply Research and Resources
Purdue University Extension: A consumer guide to buying from local farmers during the COVID-19 outbreak
Marketing during COVID-19
These resources provide options to direct marketing farmers who are adapting their business models due to COVID-19.
Purdue Women in Agriculture Team: Online Marketing Strategies With Low Budgets Webinar Series
Marketing Podcasts for Produce Growers: Latest podcasts have focused on dealing with COVID-19.
This document provides guidance and considerations for how best to operate u-pick farms during the COVID-19 pandemic.