Scholarship Application Period Now Open!

shield-229112_1280Registrations for the 2016 Farmers Market Managers Conference in Ellicottville opened last week for anyone who missed it. The registration link is: and you can find out about all the amazing things we have planned and view the agenda and hotel information by looking at the Conference Overview page.

The Holiday Valley Resort is a ski destination in winter but the grounds are absolutely beautiful in the off season too. We’ve got a lot of fun things planned including tours and samplings and networking opportunities with other managers in-between the educational sessions geared towards helping you improve your market. Our theme this year is “Building Capacity of Farmers Markets” and given that theme, one really exciting feature we have added to this year’s conference for the first time is a scholarship option. We are really excited about this because it has been requested/suggested in the past, but 2016 is the first year we were able to make it happen!

This year we have budgeted for some of your membership dues to help managers attend our annual conference. This provides a wonderful opportunity for smaller markets with lower budgets, those who may not have attended a conference in the past, and people from further away who may have to spend money to travel to the conference to be able to attend. To take advantage of this opportunity, simply click on the Scholarship Application to download and print the file and fill it out. Email it back to us at [email protected] no later than September 26th to be considered.

If awarded a scholarship, your registration fee for all three days of the event will be covered, including lunches and tours. If you need to stay overnight you will still be responsible for your own hotel accommodations. If we receive more applications than we can fund, they 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.

Since our goal is to encourage new attendees to the conference, preference will be given to less experienced managers, those representing small and/or emerging market, and 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 14th and then must accept by October 19th. There will be no scholarships for single day/partial attendance so please make sure you’ll be able to stay for the entire conference if selected.

Please help us spread the word – Send this link to anyone you know who might benefit from attending our conference for the first time. Those of you who have attended the conference in the past understand the value that you get not only from the sessions, but also from the fellowship of being surrounded and supported by all the market managers from around the state who each have different experiences and lessons to share.

We hope to see you all this November 15th to 17th in Ellicotville!