The Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs (OAIANNHP) has launched a project to help develop a list of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian farmers willing to sell direct-to-consumers through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) On-Farm Market Directory.
• Please click here to download the application to apply to be published in USDA’s Directory. All completed applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be reviewed and uploaded for publication. Please include “On-Farm Market Directory” in the subject line. Additional instructions will be provided upon receipt of the application.
• Please click here to download an informational marketing flyer for farmers. The flyer can be sent by email (with active links) or printed and distributed (posted or as a handout).
What are on-farm markets?
On-farm markets are managed by a single farm operator that sells products on their farm, or on a property next to their farm. Some on-farm markets may also deliver or ship their goods directly to your door.
Why should Title VI programs purchase from on-farm markets?
Purchasing items from on-farm markets for your Title VI program* is a great way to get fresh, in season products to serve to your elders while also supporting your local economy. Additionally, farmers in your community might offer traditional foods that may be difficult to find from retail grocery stores or food vendors. Buying goods from on-farm markets may also serve as a reliable alternative for products in times of crisis or economic instability.
*Some tribal governments may only allow their Title VI programs to purchase items from pre-approved food vendors. If this is a requirement for your program, then there may be a process to get an on-farm market added as a pre-approved vendor if it is not already listed. Please contact your tribal government for more information.
How do I search USDA’s On-Farm Market Directory?
Click here or the link above to access USDA’s On-Farm Market Directory. Once you are on the main web page, there are several ways to search the Directory, including one or more of the following options:
1. Search Near: Enter your 5-digit zip code and select the appropriate distance from your location.
2. Market Name: Enter the market name if known.*
3. Map Markets: Allows you to search an interactive map.
4. Products Available: Check one or more products that you are interested in purchasing.
5. Payment Accepted: Select your preferred payment method.
*Once farmers begin to be published through our office’s application process, you will be able to search the Market Name field by entering one of the following keyword search terms: American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian.
Who can apply to be published?
Farmers of federally recognized tribes that would like to be published in USDA’s Directory or any future directory that our office decides to create can complete and submit the application available above. All other farmers may self-publish directly on USDA’s On-Farm Market Directory website.
Who can complete the application?
The farmer or anyone the farmer chooses to complete the application for them.
Why use OAIANNHP’s application?
1. Using our office’s application will ensure farmers are properly identified and searchable in USDA’s On-Farm Market Directory by one of the following keywords: American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian.
2. Our application includes a section for traditional foods, so farmers selling those items will be able to list their specialty products and may be identified as traditional food suppliers.
3. Applying for publication through our office may result in the creation of more targeted directories that could help promote American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian farmers.