March 4–5 2010, 8:30am–4pmWhere
Ohio Department of Agriculture 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Ohio’s first conference for farmers market managers and vendors will be packed with presentations, displays, networking opportunities, and even a contest. This conference is geared toward farmers market managers, vendors, and community development stakeholders interested in starting or growing farmers’ markets in their communities.
Topics to be covered include food safety, funding opportunities for markets, direct marketing, and much more. Also, invaluable networking opportunities will be available to share and discuss ideas with other farmers’ market professionals.
The Statewide Farmers’ Market Conference is being presented through a collaborative effort of The Ohio State University South Centers, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Farmers’ Market Management Network (FMMN), and the Farmers’ Market Coalition.
Registration fees for FMMN members: Both days: $100, Thursday only $70, and Friday only $50. Non-member fees are: Both days: $125, Thursday only $80, and Friday only $60. Included in the fees are all presentation materials and the cost of meals. Hotel accommodations will be available at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott in Reynoldsburg for an $89 (plus tax) discounted double-room rate until Feb. 22 and will be $109 (plus tax) after that date.
Show n’ Tell Marketing ContestConference participants are asked to bring their farm or market’s best marketing piece for the Show n’ Tell Marketing Contest. Whether it’s a colorful magnet or a market banner, bring something used to attract customers. All conference attendees will then have a chance to vote on the best marketing piece. The winner will be announced March 5 during lunch and will receive a prize and will be mentioned in event press releases.
For more information about the conference including hotel information, agenda, and directions, log on to: http://ohiofarmersmarkets.osu.edu/conference.htm. To register, contact Melissa Hurtt, at 800-297-2072 ext. 222 or email at [email protected].