Schedule at a Glance

Friday October 28

All Day
Registration at the Mayflower Hotel
6pm
Welcome Reception, The Patio, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC
With special thanks to the US Department of Agriculture
Welcome Keynote given by Lloyd Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Services, US Department of Agriculture

Saturday October 29

8am – 9am
Opening Key Note Session:
Clarence H. Carter, Deputy Administrator, Food Stamp Program, US Department of Agriculture
9.30am – 5pm
Market Tours:
Baltimore
Washington
7.30pm
Party at Eastern Market, Washington, DC ($40 per person)
Celebrate Halloween style at Eastern Market’s Gallery 5. Drinks, buffet dinner, and the “best jazz in town” by the Market 5 Jazz Band. Thanks to John Harrod and his team, and Friends of Market 5.

Sunday October 30

7.30am – 8.30am
Breakfast tour of Dupont Circle Farmers Market, Washington, DC
9am – 10.30am
Sessions:

  • Markets 101
  • Markets and Youth Programs
  • Forging New Partnerships
11am – 12.30pm
Sessions:

  • Placemaking
  • Attracting New Vendors to Diversify your Market
  • Starting up a New Market
1pm – 1.45pm
Brown Bag Lunch
Topics:

  • Risk Management and Liability Insurance for Farmers’ Markets
  • Managers Roundtable
  • The National Farmers’ Market Survey (US)
2pm – 3.30pm
Sessions:

  • Understanding Your Customer and Creating a Great Shopping Destination
  • Measuring Economic Impact: building the case for your market
  • Gentrification – Friend or Foe? Public Markets in “Shifting Sands” Communities
4pm – 5.30pm
Sessions:

  • Public Markets and Public Health: “Visit a market and call me in the morning!”
  • 10 Top Tips to Market Your Market
  • Why Markets Fail?
6.30pm
2005 Great Public Market Awards Reception at the Mayflower Hotel

Monday October 31

7.15am – 8.45am
Farmers Market Coalition Policy Summit over breakfast, “From Field to Neighborhood: The Benefits of Farmers’ Markets”
9am – 10.30am
Sessions:

  • FMC Workshop: “Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are”
  • Benefits of Connecting Microenterprise Development and Marketplaces
  • Financing: Budgets, Subsidies, Grants and Loans
11am – 12.30pm
Sessions:

  • Special Session: Assessing and Rebuilding Markets in the Gulf
  • Federal, Private and Foundation Partnerships Supporting Public Markets
  • The Next Generation: Markets as Anchors for Local Food Systems
1pm – 1.45pm
Brown Bag Lunch
Topics:

  • Kellogg and Ford Grant Funding – General Q&A
  • How to Enroll Your Market in the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Program
2pm – 3pm
Closing Plenary: “Local Public Markets – National Transformation”
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Representative of the Third Congressional District of Oregon
3pm
Conference Ends

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