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Harvest New England to be virtual, and free, this year

Farmers’ Market Managers Seminar Workshops — February 22 and 23

NOTE: The information in this article was taken in part or in whole from officially released material.

The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show is New England’s premier agricultural marketing conference. Sponsored by the six New England State Departments of Agriculture, this biennial conference began in 2007. This will be the eighth conference. In times prior to the pandemic, the conference hosted nearly 30 workshops, with about 800 people in attendance, and a trade show of almost 100 exhibitors. For 2021, we hope to bring you the same engaging, valuable and educational conference with six workshops. This is New England’s largest agricultural conference solely dedicated to agricultural marketing.

Farmers of all types and sizes, new and established, from throughout New England, attend to enhance their marketing and business skills.

Goals of the Conference

The goal of the conference is to provide practical agricultural marketing education and information to farmers in New England which they can apply to their agribusiness.

Market Mangers Seminar

Harvest New England Association is pleased to announce the New England Farmers’ Market Mangers Seminar. Five workshops, focused on issues related to managing farmers’ markets, will be held over two days on February 22 and 23. Registration is now open! The seminar will precede the Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show to be held February 24 and 25. In 2021, the conference will be offered at no cost to attendees.

Seminar topics will include discussion on market planning and promotion, community engagement and partnerships, conflict resolution, creating welcoming and inclusive markets, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP incentive programs. The seminar will kick-off with a workshop entitled, So Long 2020! It’s a New Year, a New Day, a New Marketplace in 2021, which will look athow farmers’ market managers can navigate the upcoming season given the uncertainties related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Workshops will include presentations and discussion with farmers market managers from across the New England region. The complete agenda, including workshop descriptions and speakers can be found here or go to www.harvestnewengland.org.

Harvest New England (HNE) is a cooperative marketing program created by New England’s state departments of agriculture in 1992. It has sponsored this regional conference since 2007. For more information, contact [email protected]  or visit www.harvestnewengland.org.

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