Category Archives: Events and Conferences

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…

See you at Summit: Emily Spiegel

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Emily Spiegel: Emily Spiegel is the Assistant Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School. Before joining the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School in 2017, Emily was a consultant and law fellow at the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. She has been an International Agricultural…

See you at Summit: Leigh Hallett

Allie Vrtachnik July 19, 2018

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Leigh Hallett: Leigh Hallett is the Executive Director of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets. The Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets runs statewide programs that help sustain Maine farms, connect market farmers, strengthen farmers’ markets, and widen access to locally-grown food for all. Leigh has been the Executive Director since 2014,…

See you at Summit: David Smiley

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, David Smiley: David Smiley is the Local Food Campaign Program Coordinator for ASAP. His work includes facilitating the operations of the Local Food Guide and Appalachian Grown branding program, and providing marketing, promotions, and technical assistance to farms, businesses, and tailgate markets. David is the former market manager for…

See you at Summit: Adrienne Akers

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Adrienne Akers: Adrienne Akers is the Market Manager of Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market (KDFM) in Kokomo, IN. After experiences working as a grant writer, interning in a DC museum, learning about native plants at a restoration nursery, working in a library, and as a teacher, Adrienne became familiar with the…