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Utah-Only Farm Subscription Box To Support Local Farmers And Families

Utah Farm Bureau Federation

The drought and the pandemic have created challenges for farmers and small businesses across the state. Farmers Feeding Utah Miracle projects are one way the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation has been helping farmers, and now the foundation is working on more options to connect the community to local products. 

“We're launching a Utah local marketplace. That starts out with what we call the Touch of Utah Subscription Box, where people pay a monthly subscription fee, and they get new, exciting, delicious Utah products every single month,"  said Joshua Palmer, the CEO of Cogburn Wire Companyand GovFriend Inc, the software companies used to help connect Utahns to local foods. 

Products don’t get into the box unless it’s from a local farmer, producer, or small business. By buying these boxes, Palmer said people are also helping families in need through theFarmers Feeding Utah Miracle Projects

“What we're doing is we're pledging a food donation for every subscription box so that we can continue the miracle projects and help these families in need," he said.

The project's goal in connecting farmers and businesses directly to the public is to help them to make more than they normally would. 

“And if we can make it convenient to buy local, if we can make it so that farmers can not only survive but thrive, then we we believe that that's a good thing for Utah," he said. "We think it's a good thing for fresh food. And we think it's a good thing for food security.

Kailey Foster is a senior at Utah State University studying Agricultural Communications, Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science while also getting a minor in Agribusiness. She was raised in the dairy industry in Rhode Island where she found her passion for the agriculture industry as a whole. Here at USU, she has held various leadership positions in the Dairy Science Club and the local Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow chapter. She also also served as the 2020 Utah Miss Agriculture and is currently the 2021 Utah Ms. Agriculture. Here at UPR, she works on agriculture news stories and she produces agriculture segments such as USU Extension Highlights, the Green Thumb, and Ag Matters.