Category Archives: Events and Conferences

Register Now for 2021 S.D. Local Foods Conference

Diana Broadaway September 30, 2021

Yankton, S.D.- The annual South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 4-6, 2021. This year’s SDLFC is a three day, virtual event celebrating local food production and use in South Dakota. All supporters of local food are invited to attend, listen to, and discuss presentations on specialty crop production, industry challenges, new…

Growing Your Grassroots

Stephanie Fenty May 28, 2020

The data that FMC has collected over the past decade and a half indicate what many suspect: farmers markets are important staples in our communities. Not only a place to buy fresh local produce, farmers markets serve as a place to connect with others and be reminded of the integral role food plays in our…

Call for Presentations & Posters for the 2019 Nat’l Direct Ag Summit

Jen O'Brien April 17, 2019

SAVE THE DATE: The 2nd annual National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit will take place from October 7-9, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago-area). FMC will also be hosting pre-Summit activities, including a state association leader meeting, an emerging issues panel, and business development fair with small group and one-on-one consulting for farmers market managers on topics such as organizational…

FMC on the Road: California, Oregon, Alaska, and Massachusetts

Stephanie Fenty March 28, 2019

February and March were busy for FMC staff, who have been traveling to conferences from coast to coast meeting with farmers market leaders, hearing the issues facing the local food sector, as well as learning about potential solutions. We’ve also been presenting the lessons we’ve gained working with markets, offering the tools, methods, and technical…

2019 ILFMA Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market

Stephanie Fenty February 12, 2019

2019 Annual Conference and Winter Farmers Market April 4, 2019 Allerton Mansion, Monticello, IL Register Here Do you manage or sell at a farmers market? Or maybe you’re interested in the local food movement? Then save the date of Thursday, April 4, 2019 for the Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) annual conference  at Allerton Park…

2018 Illinois Farm Bureau’s Live Local: Local & Regional Food Conference

Stephanie Fenty October 11, 2018

November 5-17, 2018 Bloomington, IL | DoubleTree by Hilton Register at

39th Annual American Community Gardening Association Bi-National Conference in Georgia

Stephanie Fenty August 21, 2018

Tending to the Beloved Community 39th Annual Conference Atlanta, GA September 13 – 16, 2018 Where:  Georgia International Convention Center, College Park, Georgia What:  A Pre-Conference Workshop with The Cornell University Lab of Ornithology “Building Meaningful Collaborations” Thursday evening networking reception 36 workshops Friday evening gala and auction at the elegant Atlanta Botanical Garden Workshops covering cutting-edge horticulture…

See you at Summit: Jen Cheek

Allie Vrtachnik August 17, 2018

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Jen Cheek:   Jen Cheek is the Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. Previously working in urban planning and landscape architecture, Jen Cheek has collaborated with the National Park Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous nonprofit and private organizations to create civic meeting spaces, preserve natural areas, and design…

See you at Summit: Marian Weaver

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Marian Weaver: Marian Weaver is the Program Manager for FMC’s Farmers Market Metrics, a system designed to empower market managers and leaders to collect data and transform that data into actionable metrics. She has spent the past two years engaging directly with market leaders across the country, offering technical assistance…

See you at Summit: Lihlani Nelson

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Lihlani Nelson:   Lihlani Nelson is the Associate Director at the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS). She is originally from Boston, and received her BA from Harvard in Human Evolutionary Biology. She has a background in agriculture and food systems, having recently received a dual masters from UW Madison…