Connecting Beginning Farmers to New Markets: Start-up Advice & Resources for Gaining Access to Farmers Markets
The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program presents a webinar panel presentation, "Connecting Beginning Farmers to New
Start-up Advice & Resources for
Gaining Access to Farmers Markets"
* Leanne DuBois; VA Department of Agriculture
& Consumer Services, Virginia Grown Program
* Ellen Stewart, Blacksburg Farmers Market
* Meredith Ledlie, Virginia Cooperative
Extension, Family Nutrition Program
markets are a growth industry in Virginia and the nation and a great venue
for new farmers to reach customers and sell products. This panel
discussion covers three related themes to help you gain access to farmers
markets. First, learn about farmers markets in the state, unique
marketing opportunities and resources available to assist in marketing and promotion
through the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(VDACS). Next, learn a few “best practices” for applying and
participating in a local market. There are many variations in farmers
markets. How do you find the best fit for your business?
How do you apply? Third, learn the ins and outs of accepting SNAP
benefits (food stamps) at the farmers market or by applying for your own
machine as a new vendor, discussed by our Virginia Cooperative
Extension, Family Nutrition Program. And don’t miss the
question and answer session at the end of the panel discussion!
is required. A few minutes
before 3PM, go to the website address above and login by typing in your name
under the “guest account”. You will then be taken to the webinar. Once logged
in, run the audio wizard setup (Select MEETING/RUN AUDIO SETUP WIZARD) to
ensure your computer speakers are hooked up and on. To hear the audio and
presenters, speakers must be turned on. For additional technical assistance,
contact Carl Estes with Virginia Tech at (540) 231-1385. During the webinar,
questions can be typed into the chat box on the left hand side of the screen.
A recording of this webinar will be available at the Virginia Beginning
Farmer Program website afterwards.
Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Program is a state-wide and
coalition-based Extension program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of
Agricultural and Extension Education. Funding was sponsored by the
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National
Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award # 2010-49400. Program activity
is currently funded, in part, with an integrated, competitive grant from VAES,
VCE, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. www.vabeginningfarmer.org