Category Archives: Events and Conferences

See you at Summit: Emily Spiegel

Allie Vrtachnik August 17, 2018

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…

See you at Summit: Erin Molnar

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Erin Molnar: Erin Molnar is the Director of Local Food Programs at Countryside Conservancy, a non-profit in northeastern Ohio dedicated to connecting people, food, and land. Her first role at Countryside was on-site support for its farmers’ market; her passion for and understanding of local agriculture and food production, coupled…

See you at Summit: Corey Chatman

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Corey Chatman: Corey Chatman is a program manager at the Experimental Station, a not-for-profit incubator of innovative cultural projects and small-scale enterprises located on the south side of Chicago. He began working there on healthy food access projects in the early part of 2010. One of his first projects…

See you at Summit: Colleen Donovan

Allie Vrtachnik

Meet 2018 Direct Ag Summit Speaker, Colleen Donovan: After 15 years of direct support and research, Colleen Donovan became the Executive Director of the Washington State Farmers Market Association in June 2018. Working at nonprofits, Washington State University, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and as an independent contractor, she has helped lead statewide farmers market surveys and data tracking,…

2019 Community Food Systems Conference – Savannah, GA

Stephanie Fenty April 30, 2018

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA) are excited to announce their partnership in putting on the 2019 Community Food Systems Conference to take place in early December 2019 in Savannah, Georgia. The partners will build on the momentum of the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference and GFMA’s Food for Thought…

Illinois Farmers Market Boot Camp – April 25, 2018

Stephanie Fenty March 30, 2018

Farmers Market vendors should plan to attend the Farmers Market Boot Camp offered by Illinois Extension.  Vendors and future vendors at farmers markets will be provided an update on cottage food laws and farmers market rules at this year’s Farmers Market Boot Camp. “There have been some changes in the cottage food laws that allow vendors to sell baked…

Illinois Mastering the Farmers Market Workshop Series

Stephanie Fenty February 19, 2018

Mastering the Farmers Market – Hosted by The Land Connection Part 1: Cultivating Customers at the Farmers Market – February 27th, 1:00-4:00pm Part 2: Money Matters at the Farmers Market – March 6th, 1:00-4:00pm Jefferson County Extension Office 4618 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 Register Here This winter brings the 3rd annual Mastering the…