We Exist to Serve You
The Virginia Farmers Market Association (VAFMA) is a member-based, statewide association. VAFMA’s mission is to support farmers and farmers markets through education initiatives while building opportunities for collaboration, networking, advocacy, and innovation that supports the growth and sustainability of farmers and farmers markets statewide.
We exist to serve you – the farmers, market workers, and communities that make more than 250 farmers markets thrive throughout Virginia. In 2010, a small group of Virginia farmers market managers and community leaders believed that there was a need for increased support for sustainable agriculture and food access in Virginia. This group had a vision for an organization that would strengthen the farmers market infrastructure by shaping public policy, offering statewide representation, increasing whole food access and providing training and educational opportunities. In this way, the farmer’s market infrastructure would be strengthened to enable markets to thrive, grow, and multiply. This vision became the Virginia Farmers Market Association, now a robust 501(c)3 non-profit organization with Board representation from all constituencies and regions within the state.
Moving forward, our focus as a convener and collaborating continues by bringing experts, thought leaders and passionate individuals together from diverse interest groups to address and support the food system needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Across Virginia, there are many great, local efforts addressing hunger, food access, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, social justice, community and economic development. The Virginia Farmers Market Association works to bridge these efforts to form a coordinated, local food system , thus strengthening connections between farmers markets and local producers in order to help them maintain sustainable businesses, engage their communities, and improve local food systems, while showcasing Virginia’s bounty, creating a unique connection between food producers and consumers and building community gathering places where everyone is welcome.
VAFMA’S 6TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA FARMERS MARKET CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 1 & 2, 2018
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
Building Relationships with Public Officials
Using Metrics to Reach Influencers
The 3 R’s of Fundrasing “Research, Writing
Spurring Economic Development through
Connecting with Customers
KEYNOTE SPEAKER :
Cullen Gilchrist, Co-founder and CEO of Union Kitchen DC.
ADDITIONAL CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, President of the Virginia Farm Bureau Mr. Wayne Pryor, Goochland County Administrator Mr. John Budeski, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, Molly Harris of Lulus Local Food, Bruce Johnson and Chris Stem of Ashland Meat Co @ Cross Bros., Co-founder of Hatch Kitchen RVA Austin Green, Executive Director of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth Marty Kilgore, Brooklyn Supper Food Blogger Elizabeth Stark, Chef Sariann Lahrer of Broken Tulip and many more!