The USDA has launched a new initiative to connect farmers with consumers. The intention of this initiative is to, "...create new economic opportunities by better connecting consumers with local producers. It is also the start of a national conversation about the importance of understanding where your food comes from and how it gets to your plate."
The "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" website: (www.usda.gov/wps/portal/knowyourfarmernavid=KNOWYOURFARMER) provides more information on the initiative's activities and an extensive database on grant and loan programs sponsored by the USDA. This is a good resource for both consumers and farmers.