Listen to the past attendees!
If you really want to know the benefits of attending a FMFNY Conference, just take a look at what others are saying. Sure, you can get some info from the agenda and from our info on the website about what conference is all about.
But to get the true story, listen to some of the responses below and check out what people are saying about the conference while they’re on social media!
Here’s what Ryan Miller, Director of the ThINCuabtor in Ithaca had to say:
People also really seem to have fun on the tours. Here’s the market manager of the Peekskill NY Farmers Market enjoying a visit with the animals during one of the tours of SUNY Cobleskill’s state of the art ag facilities. People also loved seeing the fish hatchery there! This year’s tours should be equally interesting with options to visit the Eden Valley Co-op and WNY Food Hub, Ellicotville Brewing Company, Blue Hill Farm & White Cow Dairy and Canticle Farm. The stories behind these businesses and why they do what they do are really interesting and can be read in the agenda.
We also surveyed last year’s conference guests as we do every year (we are constantly striving to make our programming more useful and more relevant to you!) and here’s what they had to say:
When asked how likely they were to go home and implement policies, procedures and/or programs based on what they learned at conference, 95% said they were very likely to! This means that you will get great practical, actionable advice and not just a bunch of theories and fluff.
We also got some great responses when people were asked what you liked most about the conference. Here’s what you wrote in.
These managers enjoyed the camaraderie and the classes:
“I really like being surrounded by market folk and getting to hear everyone’s stories and experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed the classes, especially the fact that they were almost all given by NYS market managers.”
“The SUNY Cobleskill setting, food, interaction with other farmers market managers, and both the conference topics-tours and pace of programming were are excellent.”
“Hearing that other managers are confronted with the same issues and their experiences in handling them really got me thinking. Those learning experiences are leading to new ways of handling issues in my market that I couldn’t have come up with on my own.”
“The wide variety of topics touching on the job of managing a farmers’ market really opened my eyes. I was pleased to find that I was already using some of techniques talked about at the conference, but equally interested to learn about so many more possibilities.”
This manager enjoyed the local and practical stance:
“Local perspective. Real managers speaking of real issues not bureaucrats talking about useless policy initiatives.”
This manager enjoyed how the information was presented:
“All of the info was extremely helpful! Having the Flash drive with everything on it, is just amazing and a great resource. Every conference should do that! I loved it and I know it took a lot of work and planning!”
This manager seemed to enjoy everything about the conference:
“Great mix of dynamic presenters with experience and a passion for their subject, delivering useful and timely information with additional resources cited. The food was excellent, and the added tours were interesting.”
And, more simply put:
“Hearing about all the great markets across the state and the unique programs they run.”
So there you have it! Don’t take it from us that you should attend conference. Take the words of your fellow market managers to heart. These are the benefits they experienced at conferences past and our upcoming conference offers no shortage of these same opportunities. We’ve had an unusual number of early sign-ups this year, but there are still plenty of spaces remaining! Don’t miss out – claim your space by registering today: