2018 Virginia Farmers Market Conference

Influencers, Innovators & Incubators

The 6th Annual Virginia Farmers Market Conference

“Influencers, Innovators & Incubators”

November 1 & 2, 2018


Capital Area Region: Richmond, VA


Virginia Farm Bureau

12580 West Creek Parkway

Richmond, VA 23238


VAFMA’s 6th Annual Virginia Farmers Market Conference will be held November 1 & 2, 2018 in the Richmond area. Our annual conference provides an opportunity for dynamic discussions, training, information exchange and peer networking between Virginia’s market managers and other food system stakeholders.


This year’s theme focuses on innovative and new ideas that help drive farmers market success.


Topics covered will include:


  • Vendor Relations & Retainment
  • Connecting with Influencers
  • Innovative Outreach – Using Technology to Increase Vendor Sales
  • Innovative Food Access Resources
  • Food Safety
  • Building Relationships with Public Officials
  • Using Metrics to Reach Influencers
  • The 3 R’s of Fundraising “Research, Writing and Relationship”
  • Spurring Economic Development through Incubation
  • Connecting with Customers
  • Events/Programming
  • And more…

Speakers and panelists include:


Keynote speaker Cullen Gilchrist, Co-founder and CEO of Union Kitchen DC


Additional confirmed participants include:  Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, President of the Virginia Farm Bureau, Wayne Pryor, Goochland County Administrator John Budeski, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, Heidi Hertz, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Molly Harris of Lulus Local Food, Elizabeth Stark of @BrooklynSupper, Barb Upchurch of The Apple Cart, Bruce Johnson and Chris Stem of Ashland Meat Compay @ Cross Bros Grocery, Austin Green, Co-Founder of Hatch Kitchen RVA, Chef Sariann Lehrer of The Broken Tulip, and many more!


Attendees will enjoy staying at the nearby Wingate by Wyndham Richmond. Take advantage of the conference rate of $104 (king) & $114 (2 queens) room by booking your room through this link by September 30th. 


Consider staying the weekend to experience the amazing Fire Flour Fork (A gathering for the food curious) Look for a discount code in your conference registration receipt.


This is an excellent opportunity to get connected to resources and network with market managers  & market stakeholders from across the state.

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