Vade Donaldson is an LLM candidate at the University of Arkansas Agricultural and Food Law program in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Mr. Donaldson is a 1996 graduate of Seattle University with academic honors. He graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, CA in 2001 earning the Public Interest Law Scholar award. Mr. Donaldson practiced law in Washington State for ten years before pursuing his passion in food and agriculture. Mr. Donaldson is originally from Walla Walla, Washington, where he has an agriculture background: his grandfather was the General Sales Manager at the USDA appointed by JFK, his mother managed wheat, feed grain, hay and livestock operations, and his father was a cattle farmer. Mr. Donaldson’s step-father works at his hometown newspaper and is a the best writer he knows.
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The popularity of farmers markets and direct farm-to-market sales, such as Community Supported Agriculture, is growing nationwide. The mission of the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to “strengthen local and regional food systems.” It’s working. According to the USDA, the numbers of farmers markets across… Continue Reading