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workshopREGIONAL WORKSHOPS

Farmers Market Information Days - March 2013

The agenda for these free workshops is as follows: Expanded FMNP training, Mandatory Farmer Training for the WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks Program, and an update on SNAP at farmers markets.

          •     Friday, March 22nd - 8:30 am to 11:30 AM, Clarion Hotel in Batavia
          •     Friday March 22nd - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Auburn
          •     Wednesday March 27th - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Voorheesville
          •     Wednesday April 3rd - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Seafarer's Inn in New York City

 

To Register, please call the federation office at (315) 637 - 4690

For information including locations, or for instructions on how to attend the webinar workshop instead, see the full letter from Jonathan Thomson at the Department of Agriculture and Markets below.

 


 

 Click here to view or print the letter as a PDF: 2013 Webinar Invite Letter.pdf 

 


 

 

 

STATE OF NEW YORK

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS

10B Airline Drive

Albany, New York 12235

Division of Agricultural Development

Phone: 518-457-7076

Fax: 518-457-2716

                                                                                                                                                January, 2013

Dear Farmer, 

 

Beginning in January of 2009 WIC families in New York State began receiving traditional monthly WIC checks to be used exclusively for the purchase of vegetables and fruit from traditional WIC vendors (e.g. grocery stores).  New York was the first state in the nation to implement this new feature to the WIC Program.  In partnership with the NYS Department of Health, the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets created the WIC Vegetables and Fruit Check Program (WIC VF), a system to enable farmers to gain authorization to accept these traditional monthly WIC checks for vegetables and fruit at farmers markets. 

 

To become an authorized vendor to accept these traditional WIC vegetables and fruit checks farmers must:

 

ü  Be currently enrolled in the NYS Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).

ü  Sign a separate WIC VF application and WIC VF agreement.

ü  Participate in an annual free training program session such as one of the below online webinars.

 

The free online farmer training program will be repeated on the following dates:


Date Time Event Registration
Monday, January 28th, 2013 12 Noon WIC VF Mandatory Annual Farmer Training Register
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 12 Noon WIC VF Mandatory Annual Farmer Training Register
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 12 Noon WIC VF Mandatory Annual Farmer Training Register
Thursday, February 7th, 2013 12 Noon WIC VF Mandatory Annual Farmer Training Register
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 7 PM WIC VF Mandatory Annual Farmer Training Register
Monday, May 20th, 2013 7 PM WIC VF Mandatory Annual Farmer Training Register

 

To register online, please click on the appropriate link above.

Once you register online, you will receive an email containing a unique hyperlink to view the online webinar, as well as a phone number so that you can listen to the audio of the presentation.

Equipment requirements for the online webinar:

 

ü  Telephone connection

ü  High speed Internet access

ü  PC-based attendees: Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, VISTA, or newer

ü  Macintosh-based attendees: Mac OSX X 10.4 or newer

 

To attend a free face-to-face training program session, please see the schedule below for the NYS Farmers’ Market Information Days (FMIDs), hosted across the state in partnership with the Farmers Market Federation of NY. 

 

AGENDA: Expanded FMNP training, Mandatory Farmer Training for WIC Vegetables and Fruit Check Program, and SNAP at farmers markets – update

 

Friday, March 22               8:30 AM – 11:30 AM      Clarion Hotel, Batavia

                                                                                    8250 Park Ave

Friday, March 22              1:00 PM – 4:00 PM           Cornell Cooperative Extension, Auburn

                                                                                    248 Grant Ave.

Wednesday, March 27      9:00 AM – 12 Noon         Cornell Cooperative Extension, Voorheesville

                                                                                    24 Martin Rd.

Wednesday, April 3              9:00 AM – 12 Noon          New York City

                                                                                    Seafarer’s Inn, 123 E. 15th Street       

 

Important: To register, please contact the Farmers Market Federation of NY (315) 637-4690

 

If you have any questions please contact:

 

Jacqueline Follain                                                        Sarah Johnson

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(518) 457-6880                                                           (518) 457-1721

 

  Sincerely,                                                                               

  

Johnathan Thomson