TA Services: Trainings, Workshops, and Presentations

Every year, FMC assists organizations and agencies in planning workshop agendas  and creating and giving presentations designed to improve professional skills, facilitate dialogue, and engage farmers market managers and producers.  FMC can help you develop customized trainings and workshops by identifying examples, recommending best practices, and organizing information in a way your audience will remember.

Technical Assistance for GusNIP grantees starting in 2020

(November 8, 2019) The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture has selected Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN) to lead evaluation and training and technical assistance to GusNIP grantees. As part of the project, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) will coordinate efforts to provide training and technical assistance to farmers markets and other farm direct retailers in collaboration in partnership with California-based Ecology Center, Michigan Farmers Market Association, and Fair Food Network. The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program, formerly the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program administers consumer incentives at the point of purchase — when a customer spends their SNAP benefits at these retailers, they can receive additional SNAP funds (often double) to purchase fruits and vegetables.

Short Courses and Pre-Conference Tracks

  • At the 2019 Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit, FMC hosted a state & network leader meeting, an emerging issues panel, and discussion groups on markets training and technical assistance needs. Read more here.
  • At the 2018 Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit, FMC’s offered pre-conference workshops:  Managing Market Risk with the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, Maintaining Market Integrity, and Building Market Capacity with Data Collection & Communication. Discussion during these workshops was indicative of the broad range of markets in attendance: rural to urban, small to large, new and well-established. Each session allotted time for Q and A between speakers and the audience, with takeaway materials available and applicable to the audience members’ organizations.  Read more here.
  • How did we get to 38? Metrics and More, (November 2014)
  • ‘Expanding SNAP in Farmers Markets’ course at Community Food Security Conference (November 2012)
  • ‘SNAP at Farmers Markets: Logistics, Partners & Evaluating Success’ workshop at Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Conference (February 2012)
  • Farmers Market Management training (1.5 days) at Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (January 2009)
  • ‘Farmers Market Success’ dual-track course at Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Conference (February 2009) Farmers Market Success pre-conference track



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Want help planning your next conference? Fill out FMC’s Technical Assistance Services Information Request Form so that we can begin discussing how to make your next training event a success!