Farmers Market Coalition Webinars

Recent webinars

Webinar: Farmers Markets Physical Redesign for COVID-19 Mitigation
Monday, April 6th, 2020 3 ET/2CT/1MT/12PT/11AT


Darlene Wolnik, Training and Technical Assistance Director and Ben Feldman, Executive Director of Farmers Market Coalition

David Kotsonas, Director of Operations for the St Paul Growers Assn/St Paul Farmers Market, St. Paul, MN

Martha Archer, Executive Director of Mill City Farmers Market, Minneapolis, MN

Corrina Rhea Smith, Executive Director of Columbia Farmers Market, Columbia, MO

Leigh Sloss-Corra, Director of The Market at Pepper Place, Birmingham, AL

Jess Joyce, Market Manager of Rochester Farmers Markets, Rochester MN

Christie Welch, Ohio State University Direct Marketing Specialist, OH

Description of the webinar:

As always, farmers market operators are among those leading for how local food is meeting this historic and horrific moment including “drive-thru” models, delayed entry, pre-bagged goods. new layouts and more. For this webinar, market operators shared how they actually implemented a new COVID-19 practice, and ONLY covered the physical redesign of market spaces. It did not cover online platforms that some market leaders are using to build new, off-site purchasing systems; that topic will be covered in future webinars.

The recording of the webinar can be accessed here.


Webinar: The Big Picture of SNAP/EBT Processing and Technology
Wednesday, April 8th 2020 4pm ET /3pm CT/ 2pm MT /1pm PT / 12pm ATF
Presenter: Peter Relich
Watch the Recording:

Learn more about the world of federal and state level EBT processing and technology. Expert Peter Relich  shared a short history of the development of EBT, then  how EBT transaction processing works within FNS, at the state agencies, and for processors. The webinar also included information on state SNAP contracts. With examples specific to farmers markets and other farm direct outlets on where to go when questions arise with their contract, processor, or grant.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar: “BYOD”:  The 2020 FNS EBT Equipment Grant Program
Wednesday, April 22nd 2020 2pm ET /1pm CT/ 12pm MT /11am PT / 10am ATF
Presenter: Amy Crone
Register Here: 

*BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device which is the system that this round of grants will feature 

Did you know the USDA has an EBT Equipment Grant for farmers and farmers markets? The National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs received this grant in October of 2019. Through their MarketLink program, they offer farm direct outlets an opportunity to accept SNAP/EBT, debit, and credit card payments from customers via wireless technology. Join us for this webinar as they discuss how to sign up to accept EBT at your site. Before registering, please review MarketLink’s FAQs and add in additional questions you have when you register.

National Nutrition Incentive Hub Webinars

Webinar: Nutrition Incentive Hub Core Services 
April 20th, 2020 2pm ET /1pm CT/ 12pm MT /11am PT / 10am ATF

Are you curious to understand more about what the Hub is up to and how it can support your goals? Join us to learn about what we have in store and offer ideas for continued development.

Weekly Virtual Coffee House Chats 
Every Thursday in April 1pm ET /12pm CT/ 11am MT /10am PT / 9am ATF

Early in the month these will be largely COVID focused and will evolve depending on practitioner priorities. This is an open space to come share ideas, network, hear updates, and find common solutions.

Events by State

(State or local webinars or events listed in order by DATE) 
Submit your conference or training here to have it added to the list


Innovative Ideas during COVID-19: Three Farmers Markets in Missouri Share their Stories

Webb City Farmers Market, Columbia Farmers Market and Farmers Market of the Ozarks in Missouri will share what they are currently implementing to face challenges brought by COVID-19

When: Apr 8, 2020, 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting (we need this to keep track of how many and who attended to consider future panels in following weeks):