The 2016 NYS Farmers Market Managers Conference, “Building Capacity of Farmers Market” will be held November 15 – 17 at the Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY. The conference is sponsored by the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Agency and the Southern Tier West Farmers Market Network.
This year’s conference is designed to reach smaller markets and inexperienced market managers to help build their management skills and raise the level of success for small markets. Other sessions will focus on the issues facing larger, more experienced markets and managers. The 2016 conference is for everyone!
Of the many issues we will be looking at, managing the vendor diversity in markets is a key discussion happening across the state and being covered at the conference. Another session will focus on best practices for building a successful SNAP program at farmers markets. A panel of speakers will share their experiences and success stories.
Along with 3 days of workshops, the conference will feature an industry tour each day of the conference. Come along to visit the WNY Food Hub and learn the role that food hubs play in a local food economy. Enjoy a tour of Ellicottville Brewing Company and sample their local beers. Our final tour will be Canticle Farm. This is a teaching farm, helping to build the next generation of farmers. Along with teaching production skills, the farm also sponsors a farm stand, CSA and farmers market, providing marketing education as well.
Another feature of the 2016 Annual Farmers Market Managers Conference is a new scholarship program. If you need financial assistance to attend the conference, complete the Scholarship Application and submit to the Federation office no later than September 26, 2016.
Mark your calendars for November 15 – 17, 2016 and join us as we convene in Ellicottville, NY for the 2016 NYS Farmers Market Managers Conference. All information about the conference can be found here: http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/annual-conference/ or take a peek at the Conference Agenda, Conference Registration, or Hotel Information.