Convention 2018

Join us at the Augusta Civic Center! Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

10th Annual Convention:

Take a day off from the barn, hoop house, field or kitchen to get inspired! Join us at the 10th annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, which takes over the 2nd floor of the Augusta Civic Center on January 11, 2018 as part of the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. The larger venue and new date means a bigger, better convention than ever.

Network with friends and neighbors, learn about business-strengthening innovations and connect with industry leaders at this dynamic full-day event. Features include a keynote by food systems expert Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of Rebuilding the Foodshed; workshops and break-out sessions tailored to the needs of market farmers; tracks for beginners and experienced farmers’ market participants alike; DACF scale testing; a help desk for those interested in accepting SNAP; and an exhibit hall packed with resources. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to gather with over 130 farmers’ market participants from all over the state, all in one place.

The Maine Farmers’ Market Convention is hosted by the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, which runs statewide programs that help sustain Maine farms, connect market farmers, strengthen farmers’ markets, and widen access to locally-grown food for all.

 

 

Keynote speaker: Philip Ackerman-Leist, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems; Director of the GMC Farm and Food Project, and farmer at UpTunket Farm, will be the keynote speaker at the convention. His well-known book, Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems, was published in 2013. His forthcoming book  Lexicon of Sustainability, documenting the historic precedent of the democratic creation of the world’s first pesticide-free township in Mals, a 95 sq. mi. municipality in the South Tirol province of Italy, will be published this November.

 

Other features of the convention:

  • This year’s schedule means attendees can plan to attend the Maine Agricultural Trades show on Weds, then stay overnight in Augusta, and attend the Maine Farmers’ Market Convention!
  • Bring your scales for testing by the DACF.
  • Interested in signing up to accept SNAP? Bring your questions for our day-long help desk.

 

 

Early Bird registration will be open from November 1st – December 8th.

The deadline to register is January 2.

 

Become a Convention Sponsor:

 

Reach the decision-makers in your industry at the 10th annual Maine Farmers’ Market Convention, your premier opportunity to connect in-person with the state’s farmers, craftspeople and market managers. A variety of sponsorship options are available—let us help you figure out the best way to get noticed! Click here for more information: 2018 Farmers Market Convention Sponsorship Info 

 

 

Thank you to these 2018 convention sponsors:

 

Maine DACF

 

BFRN

 

Miller Graphics

Redfin

 

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