Together, we are creating a more sustainable local food system
The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) relies on the generous support of our local communities to carry out our mission to educate the public about the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally grown food directly from farmers, and to connect and support communities and agriculture.
We fulfill our mission through a number of initiatives. Each initiative requires a different level of support and commitment though all forms of support, whether big or small, help to ensure our ongoing viability.
Fund a Need:
The Campaign for the Market Hall and Canopy
When the new Marin Farmers Market home is completed, a highly visible landmark dedicated to farms, families and food will have been built and be located in the center of the community, along Highway 101 in San Rafael. Please support AIM’s “Campaign for the Market Hall and Canopy”!
The permanent farmers market and educational center will make healthy, locally grown food more accessible to people of all ages, abilities and economic capacities; educate eaters and farmers about sustainable food and farming; and promote healthy eating and local living economies. The new facilities will enhance economic opportunities for small local food producers while promoting public health. Through increased farmers market activities and educational programs, AIM will elevate the visibility of sustainable food and farms, and increase community engagement around food, nutrition and sustainability.
Starting early this year, AIM will launch its mobile farmers market program. The mission of the mobile market is to address issues of transportation, accessibility, and affordability while creating a sustainable model for distribution of local and healthy food in Marin County’s low-income and underserved senior communities. The mobile market will source fruit, veggies, meat, cheese, eggs, dairy and prepared foods from existing market vendors and sell them in communities that our markets do not currently serve. Donations to the Mobile Market will help us to provide an additional sales outlet to our current vendors while solving food access issues within Marin County.
Farm Field Studies
Donations to the Farm Field Studies program ensures that all children, regardless of economic ability, have the opportunity to participate in our local farm tours. Through hands-on activities, students learn to make connections between the environment, agriculture, and the food they eat. Our goal is to empower young people to make food choices that will positively impact their long-term health. Knowledge of where food comes from is a powerful tool for teaching good nutrition. Experiencing farms first-hand can inspire young people to become active participants in a sustainable food system as consumers, and even as producers of their own food!
Farmers Market Tours
Donations to the Farmers Market Tours ensures that all teachers, groups and curious eaters will be able to meet farmers and learn where they farm, how they grow their crops, why they chose to farm and what’s in season. A tour at the farmers market makes for a perfect field trip experience. You’ll meet a food purveyor, baker and even an artisan to learn what it is like to be a vendor at the farmers market.