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Frequently Asked Questions about the Local Food Purchase Opportunity

All socially disadvantaged individuals within the state of Texas.

There are no membership requirements. All supporting partners, including Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers/CBO and Texas Center for Local Food are non-membership organizations.

There is no charge to participate in this program.

The USDA defines socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers (SDFRs) as those belonging to groups that have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice. SDFRs include farmers who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian or Pacific Islander.

Our team will use a multi faceted approach that is designed to meet you where you are…this includes evaluation to determine development priorities, virtual learning, periodic in-person demonstrations, coaching, and technical assistance.

The Common Market will make the determination, via the farmer assessment process and through the “on the ground” guidance of our teams at Texas Small Farmers & Ranchers/CBO and Texas Center For Local Food, if you are ready for contracted sales with them.

If you are interested to take the next step, we encourage you to watch the program info session video (if you have not already), and fill out and submit the Interest Form: Click Here

We encourage you to fill out the Interest Form (Click Here) , so we can help guide you on your growing journey.