Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 339–354 | Cite as

Building Community Capacity through Enhanced Collaboration in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program

  • Jamie S. Dollahite
  • Janet A. Nelson
  • Edward A. Frongillo
  • Matthew R. Griffin


The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is a federal-state partnership designed to provide fresh, locally grown produce to low-income participants at nutritional risk and expand consumer awareness and use of local produce sold at farmers markets. This paper describes the results of a collaboration initiative based on the typology of a “comprehensive, multisectorial collaboration” to support the FMNP. We report the outcomes of the partnerships that developed over three years, including increased outreach to FMNP participants and strategies to decrease barriers to participation. Those partnerships that reached higher degrees of coordination or collaboration are now addressing market accessibility and market quality in new ways. Those partnerships that exhibited the highest degree of collaboration are contributing to community capacity building beyond FMNP issues per se and to larger issues affecting the agriculture community and the food security of residents.

Key words

Comprehensive Multisectorial Collaboration Community capacity building Cooperative Extension Farmers Market Nutrition Program New York State Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program WIC 



Farmers Market Nutrition Program


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program


United States Department of Agriculture


Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children


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© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jamie S. Dollahite
    • 1
  • Janet A. Nelson
    • 1
  • Edward A. Frongillo
    • 1
  • Matthew R. Griffin
    • 2
  1. 1.Associate Professor, Division of Nutritional SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Food Bank of the Southern TierElmiraUSA

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