Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) mission is to educate, inspire, and connect communities, responsible farmers, and producers as part of a healthy, Earth-friendly, equitable local and regional food system.
The Agricultural Institute of Marin is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in the Bay Area.
AIM has supported farmers and their locally produced foods for more than 38 years (since 1983).
AIM serves 350+ farmers, food purveyors, and artisans from 40 California counties who participate in AIM’s eight Certified Farmers Markets across the Bay Area. AIM provides hands-on and virtual education and training programs, operates a farm audit program, runs a mobile market for older adults and underserved communities, curates a multi-farm produce box program, and operates CalFresh/EBT and Market Match services.
The Covid-19 crisis has reaffirmed farmers markets as a mainstream and necessary element in our food system: farmers markets were deemed essential services alongside grocery stores in recognition as a critical source of nutrition for economically and socially diverse groups. Yet, what began farmers markets in the 1970s is not what will keep them thriving for the next century. Forty-three years after the establishment of the California Certified Farmers Market Program, the entire food system has gone through dramatic revolutions, and many social, political, cultural, and environmental factors are driving changes in how food is grown and the public’s priorities for food choices. Now is the time for AIM to shift the paradigm in its farmers markets within the context of a healthy, equitable food system.