Through speakers, workshops and breakout sessions, attendees explored topics relating to this conference’s theme: reconnecting local economies and communities, as well as practical how-to sessions for new and experienced market managers.

Podcasts are now available for several conference sessions. Please note that most sessions were accompanied by Powerpoint presentations. Due to technical issues, sound quality, while generally very good, does vary.

Conference Welcome

Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture

Opening Plenary

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“Urban Markets as a Catalyst for Stimulating Regional Food Systems”

A conversation with:

Hosted by: Michael Krasny of KQED

Workshop Sessions

Session topics and speakers included:

“Greening” Your Market: how to incorporate and support recycling, composting, and other environmental efforts at your market.

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Markets as Community Anchors: how to integrate the market socially, physically and economically into the community.

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  • Moderator: Dr. Oran Hesterman, Fair Food Network
  • Steve Davies, senior vice president, PPS – report on the W. K. Kellogg and Ford Foundation Grant Program
  • Tom Limon, public market manager, The Unity Council
  • Raymond Djimasbe Ngarbou and Othello Wesse, Central Market for Global Families

Building Local Food Systems: how communities are re-linking local production to wholesale and retail opportunities.

  • Moderator: Patty Cantrell, entrepreneurial agricultural director, Michigan Land Use Institute
  • Gail Whiting Feenstra, Ed.D., R.D., food systems analyst, University of California, Davis
  • Melanie Cheng, Farmsreach
  • Leslie Schaller, business counselor, ACEnet

Marketing Your Market: stretch your market’s budget with these fresh ideas and creative marketing strategies.

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Lessons from Abroad: learn from our International colleagues who have been re-investing in their historic public markets.

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  • Moderator: Helen Tangires, center administrator, National Gallery of Art
  • Jordi Torrades, general manager and Jordi Tolrà i Mabilon, director of communications, Mercats de Barcelona (Markets of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Levente Kiss, marketing specialist, Hall and Market Management of the Municipality of Budapest, Hungary
  • Jeh-hong Ryu, Committee for the Regeneration of Traditional Markets in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Korean government

There’s money out there!: conventional and unconventional ways for markets to fundraise.

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The Re-emergence of the Market District: both old and new districts are growing around the country and offering new wholesale and retail opportunities for their surrounding communities.

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  • Moderator: Fred Kent, president, Project for Public Spaces
  • Sev Araujo, manager of leasing and properties, Granville Island Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Daniel S. Carmody, president, Eastern Market Corporation

High Hopes for Low-Income, Neighborhood Markets: learn how market management can stimulate growth and success through long-term planning, commitment, and funding strategies.

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Growing Great Vendors: tips from experts about how to work with diverse types of vendors to make their businesses and the market more successful.

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Friends in High Places: learn the importance of, and ways to, forge strong partnerships with municipalities and local businesses to ensure a strong market and good community relations.

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Other Markets, Other Voices: it’s not just food! See how adding additional products, such as crafts, antiques and holiday items can grow your market, and how to operate non-food markets in today’s economy.

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How Does Your Market Grow?: Discover research and evaluation tools/methods to help you assess and improve your market.

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Markets, Food Access & SNAP: learn how markets are implementing creative and hopeful projects to increase access to fresh and healthy food.