In addition to the valuable networking and consulting that takes place throughout the day, take advantage of structured networking meetings, discussions, and resources offered during the conference lunch period.
Meet with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers to discuss your products and the possibility of a match. Meetings are typically 15–20 minutes long, allowing for a brief time to make introductions, exchange business information, and possibly make a match between what you produce and what each buyer needs. There are no promises made and no contracts signed on site; it’s just a chance for you to open a door and follow up later. For those getting started, this is a great opportunity to learn about individual buyer requirements. View a list of participating buyers.
“Ask a Lawyer” with Ward and Smith P.A.
Ward and Smith, P.A. attorneys will be on hand to answer questions on a variety of agribusiness topics in an informal setting. Click on the links below to learn more about each attorney’s expertise and practice concentrations.
Farmers Market Manager Round Table
This workshop connects market leadership and managers to discuss issues, challenges, and opportunities for the 2017 market season. The roundtable will begin with an initial consideration of three topics: budget planning, new vendor orientation, and improving SNAP sales. Participants will be invited to share additional topics of interest for the group to discuss. The workshop concludes with a focus on networking opportunities for area markets in the coming year.
Create Your First Social Media Page
Just getting started with social media? Bring your computers and smartphones to a beginner’s workshop on creating your first social media page. Get hands-on assistance setting up a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account for your farm. We recommend attending the social media marketing workshop in conjunction with this session.
Find valuable agricultural, business, and legal resources and services to support your farm business through networking and consulting.