California Ag Youth Marketplace
In April 2020, the JPM Foundation founded the California Ag Youth Marketplace, with the goal of facilitating connection between young people with fair projects to sell and potential buyers.
As local and state fairs across California have been canceled to slow the curve of COVID-19 transmissions, youth members of organizations like Future Farmers of America and 4H have been left without any of their normal, in-person outlets to sell the animals that they’ve raised for the past year. After investing money and countless hours into the feeding and grooming cows, pigs, lambs, and goats, the sales of these animals is the only way for these young farmers to recoup their losses.
In response to this missing link, the JPM Foundation has created an online platform through Facebook to facilitate connections between young people with fair project animals to sell and potential buyers. Our primary focus at this time is to make these students and their families whole by supporting students and FFA programs statewide.
The shutdown in California has many people thinking about the stability of the food chain. We hope that this platform will also raise public interest in the opportunity to access fresh, humanely raised meats. After all, it doesn’t get any more farm to table than this.