Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm. Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce. Direct marketing of farm products through farmers markets continues to be an important sales outlet for agricultural producers nationwide. As of mid-2011, there were 7,175 farmers markets operating throughout the U.S. This is a 17 percent increase from 2010.
Source: Local Harvest, United States Department of Agriculture
A partial listing of the numerous KCTCS sustainability-related programming, workforce education and training initiatives is listed below. Specific details about KCTCS programs and courses are available on the Programs and Catalog page of the KCTCS Students website. Information about KCTCS workforce education and training is available under Workforce Solutions. The System Initiatives site provides information about the Interactive Digital Center. The major headings and subheadings below link to programming, training, or initiative information.