Conference Presentations

November 2019

Agritourism in Virginia

Livvy Preisser, Virginia Cooperative Extensions

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Agritourism in Virginia and the Farmers Market Trail

Rachel Salatin, Fields of Gold

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Built From Scratch: Starting Up a New Market & Setting It Up For Success

Michele Ascher & Amy Jordan, Hampton Blvd Farmers Market

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Business Essentials: Strengthening Your Farmers Market Enterprise

Andrew Bayker, Althea Bread

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Community Connections: Ways to Strengthen Food Access Programs

Megan Townley, Project GROWS

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CRASE – Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events

Police Chief John R. Dodd, II, Timberville Police Department

Email: help@alerrt.org

Farmers Markets & Agritourism: Building the Partnerships

Heather Wheeler, VDACS

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Finding Funding: How to Get to Yes

Tim Pfohl, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission;
Melissa Ball, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services–Specialty Crop Block Grant Program;
Emily Flippo, AFID Fund Program;
Anne Herring, United States Dept. of Agriculture, Rural Development;
Julia Clark, The Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability  (VA FAIRS)
Rebecca Rowe, Va. Department of Housing and Community Development

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Finding Funding: Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

Tim Pfohl, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

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Food Business Regulations and Options for Value-Added Processing

Michelle McKenzie, Virginia Food Works

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Food Handler Best Practices at the Farmers Market

Renee Boyer, Virginia Cooperative Extension

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Food Labeling

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FreshLink Ambassador Model

Rachael Sommer, Roberto Martinez & Diane Pride-Mays of Case Western Reserve University

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Governor’s Agriculture & Forestry Industries Development Fund

Emily Flippo, AFID Fund Program

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Grants Available for Farmers Markets

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Keeping Your Market Immune from Unwanted Critters

Lisa Dearden, RVAgriculture

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Leadership: The Art of Cultivating a Community

Phil Easley, Mary Jo’s Flowers

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PRESENTATION NOTES

Making You, Your Land and Livestock’s History Part of Agritourism

Ronald Seagrave, Seagrave & Williams Farm

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Nourish Your Neighbors: Getting Started with SNAP and Food Access

Meredith Ledlie Johnson, Virginia Cooperative Extension;
Michelle Oliver, VDSS SNAP Outreach Coordinator
Ann Vargo, FCS SNAP-Ed Agent;
Cheryl Bursch, River Street Market;
Katie Struble, LEAP

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RESOURCES

Overcoming Obstacles: Taking a Stand for Farm Freedom

Martha Boneta, Farmer, Policy Advisor & Commentator

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Social Media Marketing (or Why Your Facebook Cover Matters)

Emilie Davis, LinkHouse Consultants

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Taking it to the Streets: More About Mobile Markets

Sam Lev, LEAP;
Analise Adams, Shalom Farms;
Katie Struble, LEAP

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The Marketing Road Map: Branding & Identity for Small Businesses

Emilie Davis, LinkHouse Consultants

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Using Technology to Streamline Market Operations and Data Collection
Farmspread Complete Online Market Management

Adam Stokes, Principal Software Engineer, Farmspread
Sarah Stokes, Co-Founder, Farmspread

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Virginia Fresh Match: Proven Approaches for SNAP Success

Facilitator: Elizabeth Borst, Virginia Fresh Match Co-Lead
Chelsi Bennett, American Heart Association
Virginia Fresh Match Regional Leads: Tracy Frey, Beth Austin, Sam Lev, Nick Stavely, Analise Adams, Katie Struble

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Virginia’s Industrial Hemp Law

Kyle Shreve, Virginia Agribusiness Council

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You’ve Got to Move It, Move It: Marketing for Your Farmer’s Market Business

Erica Hellen, Free Union Grass Farm

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