Meet Our Board Members: Reggie Stowers

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Reggie Stowers is on the General Board of GFMA, representing the Mountain region.  He is apart of the Amicalola Agriculture Association, who are trying to create farmers markets in his community, with the goal "to promote, develop, and sustain the vibrant agriculture community of Dawson County and the surrounding area."

Why did you join GFMA?

To find out how to build and organize a farmers market in my community

Why do you think others should join GFMA?

To gain knowledge and information about local grown food in your community.

As a board member, how do you support the work of GFMA?

Attend board meetings and help to set the course for the future growth of the Georgia Farmers Market Association.

What’s the name of your organization?

Amicalola Agriculture Association

Where are you located?

Dawson County, Georgia

What is your position?

Local board member and organizer of local farmers market.

How does your organization’s work align with the mission of GFMA?

We are all still learning.

What’s the most exciting progress you saw in 2015?

Development of a state wide organization.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2016?

To gain knowledge of how the state organization can assist the local markets, managers, and farmers can be more successful in spreading the importance of local food.

What advice would you give to organizations that are trying to accomplish similar things?

Just keep pushing: your efforts will pay off.

What’s your favorite food season? Why?

I love summer because of the variety of available local foods.

Tell us about an “aha” moment you’ve experienced while supporting food local food access.

There are many people out there trying to accomplish the same thing. This organization can join us all together to achieve more than we can individually.

What are the goals for your work?

To develop a local market and to assist local farmers to increase sales and visits to their farms.

Anything else you want us to know or feature in the blog?

Don't be afraid to ask for help. Someone else has probably already faced the same issue.

To contact the Amicalola Agriculture Association, head to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/amicalolaag/timeline

GeneralAnna D'Alessandro