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Growing your farmers market

A workshop offered by the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS), Northern Illinois University

Friday, January 29, 2016
Herritage Room, NIU Holmes Student Center
Parking Available in the Visitor Pay Lot Located on Carroll Drive (map) (directions)
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $25.00

This workshop is for current or future market managers and sponsoring organizations who are expanding an existing market or looking to start a new one. Learn how market models differ and which one fits your goals, discover available resources to help grow your market, hear the farmer’s perspective on markets, learn how SNAP/WIC work, understand the role of Illinois Farmers Market Association, view the new film Think Globally, Eat Locally, and discuss issues impacting your market with experts and other market managers. Registration fee includes a light breakfast and parking. 


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.  What kind of market are you?
Presented by Mim Evans, CGS (download presentation)
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.   Think Globally, Eat Locally, a new documentary film contact Pat Inman for link to film
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Setting the table of collaboration.
Presented by Pat Inman, CGS (download presentation)
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.  Tools, resources and funding opportunities.
Presented by Janie Maxwell, Illinois Farmers Market Association (download presentation)
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Facilitated discussion on issues identified by participants.

Resources identified from the discussion:

Tools for Rapid Market Assessments
USDA Grants and Loans that Support Farm to School Activities
Mapping Competition Zones for Vendors and Customers in U.S. Farmers Markets
Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System

11:45 a.m. - noon Questions and Wrap Up



For more information about the conference, please contact

Mim Evans