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Steven Garrett. October 26, 2012. National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) Listserv . Outline. Objectives Electronic mailing lists NAFMNP Listserv Case study: Alaska Recent NAFMNP activity Discussion/brainstorming. Objectives. Participants will :
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Steven Garrett.October 26, 2012 National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) Listserv
Outline • Objectives • Electronic mailing lists • NAFMNP Listserv • Case study: Alaska • Recent NAFMNP activity • Discussion/brainstorming
Objectives • Participants will: • Learn about electronic mailing lists. • Learn about the NAFMNP Listserv and its utility for FMNP staff and stakeholders. • Abandon less efficient ways to communicate.
What is an Electronic Mailing List? • Incoming messages are sent to a single e-mail address, then distributed to all subscribers. • Automated by mailing list software on a server. • Subscribers often have some control, such as “digest,” or subscribe/unsubscribe.
Electronic Mailing Lists History Listserv changed batched emails from a single human to a computer automated model • 1986: First mainframe version • 1987: Database functions added (like archives) • 1984: Unix version • 1995: Windows version • Other software of that era still in use: Majordomo and Listproc • Listserv often used a generic term • Google and Yahoo groups are free electronic mailing lists
Advantages Over Previous NAFMNP Communication • Only need to save and use one e-mail. • One person manages the mailing list - instead of everyone. • No need to schedule communication (like conference calls). • All users see responses.
You send an e-mail to: NAFMNP@LISTSERV.WA.GOV. It goes to the Listserv server. The server forwards it to your colleagues.
Listserv Purpose Leverage the knowledge of federal, state, territorial, and tribal staff who coordinate the FMNP as well as stakeholders in order to improve program delivery.
Listserv Topics Could include: • Farmers market, farm store, and grower contract processing and monitoring. • Potential useful resources and links. • Management efficiencies. • Announcements. • Federal budget updates.
Listserv Moderation • FMNP is an unmoderated list. • Allows a free-flowing conversation, but… • No screening of emails.
Listserv Case Study “I’m with the State of Alaska FMNP Program. Our new computer system will no longer be able to issue FMNP warrants next year. I would love to hear from states who use a separate system.” Alice Albrecht, Project Assistant Division of Public Assistance, WIC Program
Listserv Requests (for the NAFMNP Conference) • Paula Griffin/Trish Newman: Nutrition education materials and e-mail about how they are used. • Alice Albrecht: Ideas for a round table discussion (received seven on-line comments).
Ideas We Might Discuss • Monitoring farm stores for eligible food. • Defining geography of eligible foods. • Allowing versus stopping of brokering • Point-of-purchase eligible-food materials. • Performance criteria for growers and/or farmers markets.