ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, March 21st, The Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association will host their Spring Conference and Annual Meeting at the Monticello Community Center in Monticello, MN. The conference brings together farmers market managers, vendors, volunteers, and community partners all across the state for a full day of workshops, networking, and local food. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Lucie Amundsen, co-founder of Locally Laid Egg Company. She’ll share her tips on how earned media can help farmers markets and farm-based businesses stand out in the ever-competitive local foods marketplace.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to schedule a private food licensing session with an expert, and workshop topics range from marketing and social media to how to raise funds and create a successful sponsorship program at your market. The day ends with a breakout session on three program opportunities for Minnesota farmers markets and an open “Ask a Market Manager” panel discussion. The closing keynote speaker this year is Lauren M. Pardhan, the Director and General Manager of Grown North MN. An advocate of local food and a maker herself, Lauren will share her wisdom on the role farmers markets play in helping to transform the local food systems for the better. Registration is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. All are welcome, register online at www.MFMA.org.
About the MFMA
The MFMA is a Minnesota-based nonprofit membership organization that provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers markets across Minnesota. We want to cultivate, nourish, and inspire a vibrant local foods community; increase accessibility to healthy, local foods for all; and help farmers and food makers in our state thrive and grow. The MFMA has successfully led the collaborative effort to get legislation passed that has help expand markets for farmers and food entrepreneurs, ensured food safety for consumers, and drive economic development in communities across the state. For more information, visit www.mfma.org. You can also find the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @MFMAorg.
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