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Connect2Direct Summit: Building Vibrant Farmers Markets
Connect2Direct Summit: Building Vibrant Farmers Markets is a gathering for the farmers market community (farmers, market managers, board members) to come together to learn, share, and build the network and viability of farmers markets across the state. The goal of the summit is to draw on the information and experience of those working with, at and for farmers markets in North Carolina. The summit will take place on Tuesday, December 8th at Wake Forest University’s Benson Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Click here to register and for more information about the summit. 

Making the Most of your Market – Sales, SNAP, and Promotions
These workshops will cover strategies, efforts, and best practices to enhance at-market & CSA sales (with special attention given to SNAP initiatives) by increasing sales to existing customers, improving customer retention, and expanding the customer base. While these workshops are offered in NC, they are open to market managers and vendors from across the region. Please spread the word!

Sign up and/or save the date for the workshop nearest you!

Foothills – Thursday, January 8, 2015
9 am – 2:30 pm
Forsyth County Extension, Winston-Salem, NC

Coast – Friday, February 6, 2015
Wilmington, NC – Feast Down East Conference
Included with Conference Registration

Central mountains – Saturday, February 14, 2015
Asheville, NC – ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference, UNCA Sherrill Center
Included with Conference Registration

Charlotte, NCFebruary 19, 2015
12:30-5:30 pm
Cabarrus County Extension, West Concord, NC

PiedmontMarch 6, 2015
12:30-5:00 pm
Durham County Center, Durham, NC

WebinarMay 13, 2015
9-10:30 am

SNAP/EBT at Farmers Market Mini-Workshops at the 2015 Come to the Table Conferences:

  • Eastern Come to the Table Conference: Friday, January 23rd, Southeastern Agricultural Events Center, 1027 Lumberton, NC
  • Piedmont Come to the Table Conference: Thursday, February 26th, Elon Community Church Community Life Center 271 Williamson, Elon, NC
  • Western Come to the Table Conference: Thursday, March 19th, Southwestern Community College, 447 College Dr, Sylva, NC

Partners and Collaborators:
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Southern Risk Management Education Center, USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program, and Wholesome Wave, UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, NC Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Mountain Tailgate Market Association, Asheville City Market, Growing Minds @ Market, Lenoir County Farmers Market, Durham Farmers Market, Elaney Woods Heritage Market,  Fair Food Network, and others.

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