Register Today for the 2014 IFMA Farmers Market Workshops!
The Illinois Farmers Market Association (IFMA) is planning four regional workshops in early 2014 in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension and the City of Aurora. The theme of these workshops is “Grow yourself! Grow your market! Grow your business!”. Locations and dates are listed below. You can register online at: http://ilfarmersmarkets.org/
There will be a chance to learn Farmers Market best practices, marketing, and management. A wide range of speakers, locally sourced lunches, networking opportunities are also planned for these events.
The workshops will take place at four regional locations:
· In the Chicago area– Thursday, February 20, 2014 ~ 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. - North Island Center in Aurora, Illinois (Deadline to register – Feb 10th)
· Mt. Vernon – Wednesday, March 5, 2014 ~ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm - University of Illinois Extension Office, Mt. Vernon, Illinois -(Deadline to register February 26th)
· Rockford – Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Midway Village Museum Center, Rockford, Illinois (Deadline to register is March 12th)
· Springfield – Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:30 am – 3:30 pm – Erin’s Pavilion, Springfield, Illinois – (Deadline to register is March 18th)
According to the IFMA, they will soon be launching a new online Farmers Market training manual and will be sharing information about this at these workshops. This new manual will help market managers and vendors address such questions as: What do I need to do to organize my market, How can I attract vendors to your market? What is the most cost effective and productive way to advertise for my market? How does the new Illinois Cottage Food Law apply to your market?
Illinois Farmers Market Association: http://ilfarmersmarkets.org/