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