Categories: Market News
      Date: Feb 26, 2009
     Title: Crescent Fund elections around the corner!

For those of you who have been using your plastic at the market, you are familiar with the Crescent Fund. Every time a shopper purchases wooden tokens (credit and debit) at the CCFM, we request a $1 admin fee + $1 contribution to the Crescent Fund. This pool of funds (which has grown to over $1,500 since we began the fees in October '08) is available for vendors, shoppers and community members to submit proposals for projects that benefit at least one of the CCFM's triple-bottom-line indicators for success: benefit farmers, consumers, community.

These $500 cash infusions are not grants. Recipients of this new funding process must pay the Farmers Market community back in time, talent or treasure.

We will erect a voting booth at the CCFM next Tues (March 3) and Sat (March 7). Shoppers and vendors are invited to vote on the projects. They vary greatly. This, our first election, will feature 10 projects vying for the coveted cash infusion. Voting will also take place online. 

Now make your investment count! Learn who has applied to the Crescent Fund and become an educated voter. Note: Any applications that make reference to selling products to market may be modified based on the Crescent City Farmers Markets rules and regulations on admitting new vendors.

Good Seed, Good Deed - Natchez Farmers Market in Natchez, MS

• Funds will purchase seeds for local farmers who are encouraged to practice organic methods and support the rural community around Natchez.
• Funds will be returned to the market when local farmers donate 25% of harvest back to the market and the youth of the Alcorn State University Extension Program bring the goods for a market event.
• Learn more here.

Ukrainian Culture & Lifestyle Project - New Orleans, LA

• Funds will support a"Shop Locally, Cook Globally" campaign and newsletters to inform market shoppers about Ukrainian culture, history and lifestyle.
• Funds will be returned to the market through a complete collection of newsletters in an artist book and by volunteering at the Welcome Booth.
• Learn more here.

New Orleans' Sweetest Most Delicious Homegrown Tomato Contest - Food Corps of America, New Orleans, LA

• Funds will support a homegrown tomato contest at the market, to be judged by the Marketeer Club by providing prizes, flyers, and other supplies.
• Funds will be returned to the market when FCA serves seasonal fruit bars at a market event.
• Learn more here.

Esses' Pasta and Sauce - Daniel Esses, New Orleans, LA

• Funds will support start up costs for Esses' Pasta and Sauce including food costs and pakaging like food safe plastic bags, glass jars and other recycled materials; products will include convenient "Boil in a Bag" sauces.
• Funds will be returned to the market by providing food demos and sharing information on food preparation and use of local ingredients.
• Learn more here.

Debris Removal: Helping Local Business, Helping Local Farm - White Oaks Farm, Folsom, LA

• Funds will support cost of debris removal from the snow storm on December 11t, 2008 which destroyed 5 greenhouses.
• Funds will be returned to the market by donating flowers to the market for the fundraiser, the market booth or other events.
• Learn more here.

Down South Rural Community Garden Project - Lincoln County Community Center, Bogue Chitto, MS

• Funds will support the cost of seeds and other necessary supplies to start the community garden at the community center which focuses on enhancing the quality of life for youth and seniors citizens through sustainable practices within the rural community.
• Funds will be returned to the market as donations of fresh produce that is produced by the garden for events.
• Learn more here.

NolaCycle Bike Map Project - New Orlean, LA

• Funds will support the creation of a high quality cycling map of New Orleans as well as printing costs for free distribution of the maps at community events, schools, bike shops, etc.
• Funds will be returned to the market by creating a "Bike to the Market Map" with suggested routes to the market and tips on safe bicycling and "making" groceries without a car.
• Learn more here.

New Community Coop Garden - Carson, MS

• Funds will support the the start of the commnuity garden by purchasing supplies like garden tools, fertilizers, compost, herbs, and vegetable seedlings.
• Funds will be returned to the market through volunteering and sharing skills with others who wish to start a garden as well. Cookies will also be donated to a market event.
• Learn more here.

Crescent City Community Cycles! - R.U.B.A.R.B. (Rusted Up Beyond All Recognition) New Orleans, La

• Funds will support the youth outreach program "in shop" costs and "out of shop" field trips that take youth from the nighborhood to activities like visiting the zoo, swimming trips or visiting markets. Costs include transportation, snacks/meals and bike repair materials.
• Funds will be returned to the market through instrumental seminars on basic bike repair and maintenance and continuing to support monthly "Ride to the Market" events.
• Learn more here.

Grow, Gather, Give Blueberries - Point Coupe Farmers Association, Batchelor, LA

• Funds will support the purchase of blueberry trees to begin a small orchard which has beneficial health effects for the elderly members of the community.
• Funds will be returned to the market by the donation of blueberries to market events like the Marketeer Club or Meet Me at the Market days.
• Learn more here.