2019 ALASKA FOOD FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE / AFMA ANNUAL MEETING

MARCH 8-9, 2019 – HOMER, ALASKA (CONFERENCE)
MARCH 10, 2019 – HOMER, ALASKA (ANNUAL MEETING)

AFMA SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION COMING SOON!!

The Alaska Food Policy Council is a nonprofit organization whose diverse membership works to engage Alaskans to make positive changes for the state’s food system, and to create a healthier, more prosperous, and more secure future for all.

The Alaska Farmers Market Association‘s mission is to support and promote vibrant and sustainable farmers markets throughout Alaska.  AFMA is exited about this opportunity to gather state farmers market organizers and food system leaders together.  Market organizers – look for sessions with a focus on farmers markets.

The Alaska Food Conference and Festival is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about — and engage in — the various issues affecting Alaska’s food system. In our 4th semi-annual event, March 8th (Friday) will be a food systems conference with speakers presenting on a variety of food security, production, business, and community issues, with some sessions placing an emphasis on farmers markets. A separate reception for the event will be held following Friday’s sessions.
March 9th (Saturday), will be a fun and educational food festival, which will include a Keynote speaker to kick it off at mid-day, followed by Alaska food vendors, chef demonstrations, taste testing, food demonstrations, silent auction, and DIY workshops.

March 10th (Sunday morning), AFMA will host its Annual Meeting over breakfast (details to follow).


The goals of the conference and festival are to:
·         increase awareness of Alaska food issues among the general population;
·         provide training, resources, and networking opportunities to increase involvement in local food issues by community members and decision makers; and
·         increase connections and build community between the public, Alaska food businesses, NGOs, governmental entities, Tribal entities, and others to support local economic development and innovative solutions.

Like last year, the conference and festival will have four focus areas: 
1.    Food Production & Harvesting
2.    Community Building & Traditions
3.    Food Insecurity
4.    Food Business

Submit a proposal today! The ABSTRACTION SUBMISSION APPLICATION  is open now (CLICK HERE).

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2017 AK STATE FARMERS MARKET ORGANIZERS CONFERENCE

MARCH 2-4, 2017 – HOMER, ALASKA

In the fall of 2015 the Homer Farmers Market was awarded a Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant for the project, “Expanding Access and Solidifying Statewide Networks.”  A major component of this project was to convene a statewide conference, gathering farmers market organizers from across the state to come together and share resources and information.  By doing so, the HFM hoped to more closely link agricultural infrastructure through direct connections and networks, in turn benefiting individual farmers and consumers throughout the state.

Conference Presenters & Schedule

Conference Session Recordings

Original Conference Website

Conference Attendees, from 18 Alaskan Farmers Markets and Speakers from 3 States!

Amy Pettit, Alaska Farmtrust/ Alaska Food Policy Council, welcomes attendees to the first ever Alaska State Farmers Market Organizers Conference, a shared vision long in the making

Erin Fahsholtz, State of Alaska Division of Public Assistance/WIC Vendor Management Assistant (with the Farmers Market Coalition remotely), shares information about WIC and SNAP benefits

Kate Consenstein, Rising Tide Communications, and Mary Smith, Edible Alaska, give participants some great tips for social media, advertising, and sharing market stories

<- Heidi Chay, Farmers Fresh Market/ Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District and Will O’Donnell, Washington State Farmers Market Association Director: “Happy Vendors, Happy Managers” session, discussing conflict resolution at Farmers Markets

->Brad St. Pierre, Tanana Valley Farmers Market, deep in discussion

Arthur Keyes, Alaska Division of Agriculture Director, discussing the state of agriculture in Alaska during our lunchtime Keynote Address

Keynote Kathy Zeman, Minnesota Farmers Market Association Director, presents “10 Best Marketing Practices for Farmers Market Vendors,” our post-conference vendor focused lecture