Maine Farmers’ Market Convention 2020

Join us in strengthening the farmers’ market community in Maine at the 2020 Maine Farmers’ Market Convention.

Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive
Thursday, January 16, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm

The 2020 Maine Farmers’ Market Convention brings together market farmers, organizers, and community members across the state to gather for a day of education, resource-sharing, and networking. The convention offers resources and information from service providers, legal experts, and seasoned farmers focusing on the most important topics to our farmers’ market community.


2020 Convention Keynote

Presentation of the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit

Darlene Wolnik is a national advocate and trainer for farmers markets and has worked in the field for over fifteen years. As Training and Technical Assistance Director at the Farmers Market Coalition, Dar played an integral role in the development of the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit. Dar will showcase and discuss the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit in an engaging presentation and discussion.

Darlene will welcome and incorporate your questions as she digs into the 3 core topics of the Toolkit:

  • Governance
  • SNAP
  • General Risk Management

The 2020 keynote presentation is sponsored by the
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.


Registration

Early bird tickets end on January 2, 2020!

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Sessions

Our agenda is still in development, but you can expect topics for beginning and well seasoned farmers, community organizers, public health professionals, and community health activists.

Topics include:

  • Creative Marketing Strategies Learn tips and strategies from experienced market vendors and organizers on how to raise the profile of your market and boost the sale of your products.
  • After-market gleaning – Learn how markets are partnering with community groups to donate extra produce to people in need.
  • Working together as a cooperative team – By working together, we can lighten the load, share decision making, increase our sales and have fun! Through this interactive workshop, you can work with your market team or individually to look at ways that you can develop effective cooperative structures that are participatory and efficient. We will look at ways you can cooperate within your market and cooperate together with markets in your area or county. You will walk away with a plan that you can bring back to your market to increase cooperation and clarity around your organizational structure.
  • Sustainability at the market – Learn from market organizers and service providers on the best ways to reduce your market’s impact on the environment.
  • Food safety – Is your market following best practices for food safety? Sit in on a seminar with experts from Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and bring your questions.
  • Institutional Partnerships – Behind every farmers’ market is a community partnership – whether it’s for volunteers, financial sponsorship, access to property, fiscal sponsorship, entertainment or promotions. Partnerships can leverage a lot of good for your market and the surrounding community. This session will showcase some successful institutional partnerships from a few markets in Maine. See how markets and local partners work together to further each others’ mission and support thriving farmers’ markets. Staff from MaineGeneral will also give advice on best practices for approaching institutional partners.
  • Low-income food access models – There are a variety of ways to make your market more welcoming to people with limited financial resources. What’s the best fit for you and your market?
  • Conflict resolution and communication skills for markets – There’s a lot at stake when market members are in conflict. Fortunately, there are resources that help farmers find meaningful resolutions. Learn from skilled mediators of the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program.
  • Round-table discussions

More details to come!