“Mayim Farm shares the stories of our fellow farmers and our own experiences as small sustainable farmers in Alabama in DC”

Carole and I have recently been invited to travel to Washington DC and have direct input into several marker bills that are being considered for approval in the new 2024 Farm Bill. We want to thank the non-profit Bread for the World. “Advocates for ending world hunger”, for helping in this important work.

We took the stories we had heard and experienced in the small sustainable farmer space to Congress. We have had meaningful input into the bi- partisan negotiations by giving a point of view not often at the table in these types of discussions.

We believe the below bill will serve our Alabama farmers and have a direct impact on the health of our communities.

Supporting the GusNIP initiative in Congress is not only a sound business decision for Alabama farmers but also a way to contribute to the health and well-being of our communities. By increasing access to fresh, locally-grown produce for low-income individuals and families, we can address health disparities, boost our local economy, and build a more sustainable agricultural sector.

GusNIP is a federal program designed to encourage the purchase of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under GusNIP, farmers can tap into additional local markets with increased sales. These markets can offer “Double Bucks” incentives to SNAP participants, doubling and effectively stretching their purchasing power for healthier food options such as fresh produce.

Some of the benefits of GusNIP…

• Enhanced Sustainability: As more consumers opt for locally-grown, sustainable produce, the demand for environmentally friendly farming practices grows. Supporting GusNIP can encourage the adoption of sustainable farming methods in our state, which can lead to long-term benefits for our environment and our reputation as responsible stewards of the land.

• Community Health: GusNIP isn’t just about boosting farmers’ profits; it’s about fostering healthier communities. Alabama consistently ranks among the states with higher rates of diet-related health issues. By making fresh produce more accessible and affordable, GusNIP can contribute to improving public health and reducing the prevalence of diet- related diseases.

• Increased Market Potential: By participating in GusNIP, Alabama farmers can tap into a broader customer base. Low-income individuals and families who rely on SNAP benefits often struggle to afford fresh produce. With GusNIP incentives, these consumers are more likely to choose local, fresh fruits and vegetables, creating a new and consistent revenue stream for farmers.

Greg and Carole Lolley encourage fellow Alabamians to join them in supporting GusNIP by contacting their representatives and working towards a healthier, more prosperous Alabama. Together, we can make a significant impact on the future of our state’s agriculture and the well-being of its communities.

For more information about Mayim Farm and its advocacy efforts, please visit www.mayimfarm.com and follow the hashtag #lolleylobbyist on social media.

Click here to learn more about the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP).

Greg and Carole Lolley