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Kansas State University-Olathe,  22201 W Innovation Dr,  Olathe,  KS 66061

This workshop is geared towards current and prospective farmers market vendors in both Kansas and Missouri.

Topics to be covered:

  • Keynote: marketing best practices
  • Growing in High Tunnels- getting started, funding, and growing
  • Double Up Food Bucks SNAP matching program
  • Vendor Marketing tips
  • Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Certified Farmer Training
  • Regulations on selling meat, eggs, poultry, processed/prepared foods direct to consumers- KS & MO
  • Morel Mushroom ID Certification
  • Produce Safety update

Vendors can get their sales scale used in Kansas certified for FREE; a fee will apply for scales used in Missouri.

For more information, contact:

Londa Nwadike, KSU/MU Extension Food Safety Specialist
22201 W Innovation Dr, Olathe, KS 66061
Tel: 913 307-7391
105 E 5th St, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64016
Tel: 816 482- 5860
Email: lnwadike@ksu.edu

Registration: Register online and see full agenda
Cost is $20/ person which includes lunch.

Scholarships are available for farmers market vendors or Extension personnel to attend the regional workshops ($100 scholarships). Contact Kerri Ebert, kebert@ksu.edu for more information on the scholarships. Applications are available online.

This workshop is part of a series of regional workshops that are being held across the state of Kansas in early 2018. However, the information presented at this workshop is geared towards vendors in both Kansas and Missouri. More information on this workshop is available from: FromtheLandofKansas.com/FMConference. The workshop is also part of the 2018 Growing Growers workshop series: www.growinggrowers.org
This workshop is supported by the Kansas Departments of Agriculture, as well as Health and Environment.

Farmers’ markets are growing across the state and continue to be an important source of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and other value added agricultural products from small towns to large metropolitan areas. In 2017, 85 farmers’ markets were registered with the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Central Registration of Farmers’ Markets. To support Kansas’ farmer’s markets KDA and the From the Land of Kansas program are pleased to offer the following workshop:

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:15 – 9:50 Keynote Marketing and Pricing Tips for Farmers’ Market Vendors – Todd Griggs, Griggs Brothers Farm, Augusta, KS

10:00 – 10:50 Breakout 1

  • Double Up Food Bucks Program; Sales Tax for Kansas Farmers Market Vendors – Jennifer Marsh, Cultivate KC; Kansas Dept of Revenue
  • Growing in High Tunnels 101-Part 1; Getting started, Funding, When to plant, Soil preparation – Cary Rivard, K-State Research and Extension; Todd Griggs, Griggs Brothers Farm, Augusta KS; Rebecca Graff, Fair Share Farm, Kearney MO; NRCS

10:50 – 11:05 Break

11:05 – 12:00 Breakout 2

  • Regulations for Meat, Poultry, Eggs & Processed/Prepared Foods at Farmers Markets in Kansas – Kansas Department of Agriculture
  • Regulations for Meat, Poultry, Eggs & Processed/Prepared Foods at Farmers Markets in Missouri; Produce Safety Update – Londa Nwadike, University of Missouri Extension
  • Growing in High Tunnels 101-Part 2; Fertilizer Use, Insect Control, Repair and Maintenance – Cary Rivard, K-State Research and Extension; Todd Griggs, Griggs Brothers Farm, Augusta KS; Rebecca Graff, Fair Share Farm, Kearney MO

12-12:45 Lunch (provided)

12:45 – 1:20 Support of the Specialty Crop Industry; Driftwatch Registry; Produce Safety Update – Kansas Department of Agriculture; K-State Research and Extension
Support of Farmers Market Vendors – Missouri Department of Agriculture

1:20 – 2:00 Marketing and Communication for Market Vendors – Center for Rural Enterprise Engagement

2:00- 2:55 Breakout 3

  • Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Certified Farmer Training – Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Morel Mushroom Identification Certification -Pam Paulsen, K-State Research and Extension

2:55 – 3:00 Evaluations