NCDA is hosting three workshops focusing on growing local farmers markets across North Carolina in Wilmington, Smithfield adn Fletcher. NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that the workshops are geared toward market managers and their board members, and they'll cover a range of topics such as food safety, effective promotional techniques and an overview of past and future marketing opportunities.
For more information on these workshops visit www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz or contact Kevin Hardison at 919 707-3123, or Annette Dunlap at 919 707-3117.
“We have three workshops scheduled. One is in Wilmington, Smithfield and Fletcher. They are geared toward market managers and their board members and will cover a wide range of topics such as food safety, effective promotional techniques and an overview of past and future marketing opportunities.
We have been growing our local farmers markets for years and we have over 200 across the state. Right now its never been easier to find locally grown food in NC. What we want to do with these workshops is provide market managers with helpful information and some new ideas they can use to support local farmers and thrive in their communities.
The workshops will all begin at 9:30 am and end at 3 pm. The cost is $20 and covers materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required.
On February 22 we will be in the New Hanover Government Center in Wilmington. On March 8 at Johnston county cooperative extension in Smithfield. On March 13 at the Virginia Boone building at the Weston North Carolina Ag Center in Fletcher.
To learn more or register: www.ncagr.gov/markets/agribiz . Or you can contact Kevin or Annette.
These workshops will be instrumental in the success of our local farmers markets and one of the things that will come into play over the next couple of years will be the food safety modernization act. We need to start preparing people for how it will affect them as they grow and market these products. We will have a listening session in Raleigh on February 20th for FDA to start talking about the implementation of these rules. Everyone needs to pay attention to this, it will have a big impact. We are beginning to get into detail on what the rules will entail. There are a lot of exceptions for very small producers. One of the things will be water safety aimed at preventing microbial growth in fresh fruits and veg. We will be working with everyone to get them up to speed on these rules.”