Meet Our Board Members: Jodi Daley
Jodi Daley is a member of our General Board, representing the West Coastal Plain region. She is the Market Manager for the International City Farmers Market in Warner Robins. She's been told the market is one of top three fun things to do in Warner Robins, and with 50 vendors at peak season, Jodi says the International City Farmers Market “creates a sense of place and brings community members together." That's number one in our basket!
Why did you join GFMA?
I joined GFMA to connect/collaborate with like-minded people, to grow more growers in our area and support the ones we have.
Why do you think others should join GFMA?
Know your Farmer, know your food! Support your local economy. Eat clean and healthy! Food is medicine! Medicine is food! Food is fun especially when sharing it with friends, family and community.
How do you support GFMA as a board member?
By collecting data in my area; collaborating with other NGOs, farmers, farmers markets, help with funding, finding resources.
When is your market open?
Year round, Thursdays 1pm to 6pm.
What GFMA benefits are you most excited about implementing at your market?
Excited to implement cooking demos at the market
What does your market sell?
Pastured beef, pork, chicken, lamb, goat seasonal produce - organically/natural grown and conventional grown processed foods - baked goods, jam/jellies, salsa, pickles, sauces dairy all natural body care products few crafts
What are some interesting facts about your region
Warner Robins is home to Robins Air Force Base which creates a diverse community of people from around the world. We sit under a giant aquifer. No shortage of water here. Home of the Southeast Little League - and World Champs 2007 Home of 2016 Miss America
Thinking towards the Future
What do you hope to see happen in 2016?
The beginnings of a food hub or food shed infrastructure in Middle GA. We can link foods from the North to bring to the South and food from the South to bring to the North!
What advice would you give to new farmers who want to sell at markets?
Have a business plan!
What advice would you give to groups wanting to start a market?
Ask experienced market managers for help; empower your community to be involved in the process
To learn more about Jodi and the International City Farmers Market visit www.landtohand.org