NEW this year! Afternoon workshops before the evening program, see Schedule section below for descriptions.
The OFMA annual Meeting occurs each year in conjunction with the OSU Small Farms Conference, offering an opportunity for dynamic discussions, information exchange and peer networking between Oregon’s market managers and other food system stakeholders. This is also the time when OFMA’s annual business will be conducted, giving our members a chance to weigh in on the direction of their statewide organization.
The annual meeting will include board elections, table-topic discussions, networking over dinner, informational speakers and updates relevant to Oregon farmers markets. We have some exciting topics we are focusing on this year, including how to improve equity and inclusion at markets, how OFMA can better meet the needs of ALL our markets in 2019, and more. We can’t wait to see you there!
Note: OFMA also organizes a Farmers Market Track of workshops at the Small Farm Conference on Saturday, so be sure to register for those as well! [Registration is separate for these 2 events]
Afternoon Workshops 12 noon to 3 pm
- Check in and Lunch: 11:30 am to 12 noon
- Welcome: 12 noon
- Workshop Session 1: 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
- Workshop Session 2: 1:45 pm to 3 pm
Two workshops will run concurrently during each of the two Workshop Sessions. When you register you will have the opportunity to indicate which of the following four workshops you are interested to attend.
- Farmers Market Board Room: Learn from your peers in this facilitated share-out of farmers market organizational documents such as bylaws, federal nonprofit status applications, market policies, and more! We will have some to review, but please feel free to bring your own to share with this learning community.
- Toward Greater Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Your Farmers Markets: Farmers Markets are a hot bed for community connections, food access and local economic development. In this interactive session we will explore how Farmers Markets have contributed to harmful structures, as well as focus on ways we can move towards equity and create welcoming and supportive markets.
- Data Power: Learn how to collect and use data from your farmers markets to support your vendors, prove the economic impact of your market and utilize in funding requests. This will be a hands-on class with tools, templates and tips to take home.
- Lightning Round: Supporting Your Newest Vendors in Food Safety: A facilitated exchange with experts and service providers specifically focused on food safety at farmers markets for new and beginning vendors, and how market managers can support them. This dynamic look will include the perspectives of a market manager, farmer, OSU cottage foods expert, and a hot food vendor.
Evening Program 4 pm to 8 pm
New arrivals check in: 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm