*Time is running out! Make sure to register today for the 2016 Michigan
Farmers Market Conference. *

*Michigan Farmers Market Conference*
March 8 & 9, 2016
Plant and Soil Sciences Building
East Lansing, MI

*Conference Tracks:*

*1**)* *Market Manager Boot Camp Track *- designed for beginning market
managers. Sessions Include: Attracting, Managing, Engaging and Rewarding
Volunteers; Crisis Management and Public Relations; Grant Management: Basic
Financial Management and Best Practices for Internal Controls; Marketing &
Media Workshop; and Food Safety Regulations and Licensing.

*2)* *Advanced Market Manager Track* - for market managers who are looking
for specialized information. Sessions Include: Working with Elected
Officials Panel; Introduction to Racial Equity in the Food System; Best
Practices for Implementing a Prescription for Health Program at Your
Farmers Market; Measuring Economic Impact of Your Farmers Market; and
Crowdfunding 101.

*3)* *Farmer and Vendor Track* - designed for farmers who sell at farmers
Sessions Include: Keeping it Local: Sourcing and Procurement for
Value-added Products; Successful Farm Internships; and Markets in Bloom:
Flower Farming; Succession Planning for the Farm Business; Wild Mushroom
Foraging and Certification.

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*Michigan Farmers Market Social: Being held after the conference, Tues.
March 8, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.*
The Michigan Farmers Market Association will host the Michigan Farmers
Market Social at the Allen Market Place on Tues. March 8 from 6:00 p.m. -
8:00 p.m. for conference attendees. This casual networking event will
feature live jazz music, a cash bar with beer provided by Sleepwalker
Spirits & Ale, and a selection of food items from local food companies. The
cost is an additional $20 to your conference registration and is part of
the registration process - *Register Now

*SNAP Training and On-site Authorization:*
By accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, a
farmers market can increase healthy food access in their community while
drawing more customers to the market and increasing vendor sales. If your
farmers market is interested in accepting SNAP benefits, distributed via
the Michigan EBT Bridge Card, during the 2016 market season - this training
is for you! MIFMA will provide step-by-step instructions for completing the
USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) online application for authorization
to accept SNAP benefits and USDA FNS staff will be on-site to approve
market applications. If you are not able to join for us for the full
conference, you are still eligible to attend just the SNAP training. All
interested individuals, who are not attending the conference, should call
the MIFMA office to register, 517-432-3381.

*Conference Cost:*
Members of MIFMA and partnering organizations can register for the full
conference for $100 or for one day for $75. MIFMA student members receive
the discounted rate of $75 for the full conference or $35 for one day.
Registration for the conference will close at 8 a.m. on Monday, February
29, 2016.

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For more information on the Michigan Farmers Market Conference, visit
call 517-432-3381.

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