Scholarships Available for 2017 Farmers Market Managers Conference,
November 7 – 9
Fall is in the air this week. Temperatures are in the 70’s during the day and 50’s during the night. It
makes me start thinking about Fall events – like apple picking, hayrides and the annual Farmers Market
Mangers Conference. Yes, that’s right! The annual conference is coming up. We are scheduled for
November 7 – 9 in Binghamton, NY at the Cornell Cooperative Extension complex.
Have you made your plans yet? If you haven’t been to this conference in the past, you have an
opportunity to apply for a scholarship to help cover the expense of registration. This is your opportunity
to attend a highly informative conference, meet other managers from across the state, learn new ideas
and techniques and bring home lots of great ways to improve your market for the 2018 season. Any NY
farmers market manager can apply!
To apply, download the application at http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-Conference-Scholarships.pdf.
Complete the application and return to the Federation at
[email protected] But hurry! The deadline for application is September 25.
If awarded a scholarship, your registration fee for all three days will be covered, including lunches,
evening events and tours. If you need to stay overnight you will be responsible for your own hotel
accommodations. We have made arrangements at the Fairfield Inn to provide conference attendees a
reduced rate (http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2017- Hotel-information.pdf).
Scholarship applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
1. The proposed plan for implementing the lessons learned at the conference.
2. Need – i.e. making sure there is conference representation from the full diversity of markets
around the state – small, medium and large markets, as well as urban, suburban and rural.
Our goal is to encourage new attendees to the conference, giving them the experience and the
education. So preference will be given to applicants who have not previously attended a conference.
The decision will be at the discretion of the conference scholarship committee and all awardees will be
notified by October 13 th . You will have until October 20 th to accept the scholarship and register for the
No scholarships will be awarded for partial attendance. You must attend all 3 days.
Don’t delay! Get your scholarship application in today!
For a look at the full conference agenda, go to http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/wp-content/uploads/2017-Draft- Agenda-updated- 5.10.17.pdf.
Looking forward to seeing you in Binghamton, November 7 -9.