2019 Conference Sessions

The Conference Committee has an exciting slate of sessions set for VAFMA’s Virginia Farmers Market Conference in Staunton, Nov 13-15, 2019. Register before August 31st for early bird pricing.


Farmers Market Management

  • Successful and Sustainable Market Management
  • Taking Care of Yo’Self & Others
  • Leadership: The Art of Cultivating a Community
  • Market Mayhem: CRAZE: Citizen Response to Active Shooters
  • Taking it to the Streets: More about Mobile Markets
  • Functional Market Layout and Presentation
  • Farmers Market Marketing
  • How to Secure Sponsorship
  • Defending Your Market
  • Using Metrics – Next Steps
  • Food Safety for Market Managers
  • Getting to Greener: How Farmers Markets Can Get to #PlasticFree
  • A Play, “I love local”

Food Access

  • FreshLink Ambassador Model: Lessons learned during program implementation
  • Nourish Your Neighbors: Getting Started with SNAP and Food Access
  • Virginia Fresh Match: Proven Approaches for SNAP Success

Farmers Market Vendors

  • Business Essentials: Strengthening Your Farmers Market Enterprise
  • Marketing Essentials for Farmers Markets
  • Introduction to Value-Added Foods
  • Virginia’s Industrial Hemp Law: Challenges and Opportunities, and other legislation impacting farmers and agribusiness
  • Food Safety for Vendors


  • Virginia is for Farmers Market Lovers
  • Agriculture and Agritourism Funders Panel
  • Agritourism: Increasing Excitement in Rural Virginia
  • Leaving Your Mark on the Trail – Using Fields of Gold as a Blueprint for Regional Market Trails
  • Making You, Your Land and Livestock’s History Part of Agritourism
  • Thinking Outside the Farm: Bringing Customers to Your Home Base
  • Organic Farming, Agritourism, Licensing and Permitting
  • Agritourism Marketing