Designed for farmers, business owners and community leaders, the workshop will offer information and expert advice on how to start or enhance local farmers' markets. Other sessions will focus on promotions, finding locally grown food and creating direct markets to consumers. Agricultural economist Ken Meter will share his study about how $800 million in food purchases left a seven-county Minnesota region in one year.
"We believe that the farmers' market concept is one that most communities should learn more about and consider in their economic development plans," said Karl Samp, Initiative Foundation vice president for community initiatives. "Markets keep local dollars local, they give an income boost to farmers, and the extra traffic helps support downtown revitalization. It's a win-win situation."
The workshop fee is $15, which includes a homegrown lunch and materials. Registrations must be received by Friday.
For more information, contact Leah Posterick at (877) 632-9255 toll-free or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration forms are also available on the Initiative Foundation Web site at www.ifound.org.
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