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Farmers’ markets are growing across the state and continue to be an important source of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy and other agricultural products from small towns to large metropolitan areas. In 2015, 56 farmers’ markets were registered with the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Central Registration of Farmers’ Markets. To support Kansas’ farmers’ markets, KDA and FLOK are pleased to offer the following workshop.

Who: Current and prospective farmers’ market vendors
What: The Wichita regional workshop will cover the following topics:
• Beekeeping
• Produce safety and food safety updates
• Using social media
• Building healthy soil
• Accepting non-cash payments (EBT, SFMNP)
• Vendor panel on various marketing topics.

Vendors can also bring their sales scale to get tested and certified for FREE by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Anyone interested in learning how to be a better farmers’ market vendor or produce grower should attend this daylong workshop co-sponsored by K-State Research & Extension and the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Sessions will cover information for any market vendor as well as information on growing produce in Kansas.

Topics & Schedule

8:15 a.m. – Registration Begins
8:45 a.m. – Welcome & Introductions
9:00 a.m. – Breakout Session 1
– Beginning Beekeeping
– Produce Safety & the Food Safety Modernization Act
– Using Social Media
10:00 a.m. – Breakout Session 2
– Building Healthy Soil
– Resources for Vendors from KDA and From the Land of Kansas
– Accepting Benefit Cards
10:50 a.m. – BREAK
11:10 a.m. – Breakout Session 3
– Scaling Up Opportunities for Local Food Producers
– State Food Safety Updates for Farmers’ Markets
– Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Training
12:00 p.m. – LUNCH
1:00 p.m. – KEYNOTE: “Over 30 Years of Direct Marketing Vegetables & Flowers” Karen Pendleton of Pendleton’s Kaw Valley Country Market
2:15 p.m. – BREAK
2:45 p.m. – Vendor Panel: Marketing & Selling at Farmers’ Markets and Beyond
4:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks

KSU Sedgwick Co Extension Office
7001 W 21st Street N.
Wichita, KS 67205

Register online at FromtheLandofKansas.com/FMConference or fill out the attached registration form and return to the address listed on the registration form
Early bird registration by
January 29 – $20
Registration after January 29- $25
For more information, contact Rebecca McMahon at (316) 722-7721 or rmcmahon@ksu.edu.