Community Farmers Markets and Food Well Alliance have partnered to launch a year-long program that combines business development classes with mentoring services for small-scale farmers and food makers.

The Vendor Growth program couples monthly classes taught by subject matter experts with mentorship opportunities for program participants.

Classes will include key capacity building subjects including tax preparation, marketing strategies, diversifying funding and inventory and record keeping, among other topics. The monthly classes are taped, providing attendees access to the important information after course completion. To complement the classroom learning, participants will have the opportunity to be paired with mentors, who will help them identify and navigate potential business challenges likely to arise in the next 12 months.

This strategic collaboration brings together Food Well Alliance’s mission to strengthen and grow Atlanta’s local food movement with Community Farmers Markets’ ability to provide technical capacity and skill-building to small-scale farmers and food makers. Both Community Farmers Markets and Food Well Alliance believe that productive and viable local food enterprises will not only have a positive impact on our city’s economy but will also build healthier, resilient communities.

CFM and Food Well Alliance are currently accepting applications for mentors and educators, please email danielle@cfmatl.org for more information.