Farmer’s Market volunteers earn Community Sparkplug award

From staff reports

A program lead by the Appalachian Regional Commission is helping volunteers and community resident make a better community. Recently the Mississippi Appalachian Community Learning Project selected 11 programs that each received a $3,000 mini-grant to implement ideas that will improve their communities.

The Louisville/Winston County Farmer’s Market was one of the selected project.

The market was led by what ARC describes as “Community Sparkplugs,” groups of community volunteers who donate their energy, passion and enthusiasm to implement their ideas.

Each project, within a six-month period, was set to expand volunteerism and provide economic benefit to the communities.

The volunteers at the Winston County Farmer’s market followed through so well with their project of setting up a sustainable Farmer’s Market that the group received a Certificate of Excellence from the ARC on December 6, 2012. The market accomplished an expanded volunteerism and brought economic benefits as well as developed a stronger sense of community according to the ARC. The ARC sponsored Rensselaerville trainers to provide technical support and visit each project to help within any questions.

Other Mississippi communities awarded the mini-grants include Baldwyn, Corinth, Fulton, Iuka, Shannon, Artesia, Como, Crawford, Louisville, Oakland and Scooba.

These groups joined more than 200 small towns and urban neighborhoods that The Rensselaerville Institute has guided in Community Sparkplug projects during the past 20 years of partnership with the ARC.