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Learn to grow, sell for farmers markets
RAYMOND -- Fruit and vegetable growers can learn how to grow and sell produce for farmers markets during an upcoming short course.
Micro Farming: Growing for Farmers Markets will be held Aug. 27 and 28 in Raymond.
Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, South Mississippi Farmers Market Association, and Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will help small-scale farmers understand the benefits and facts of selling at farmers markets.
The workshop will be at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center, 1500 Raymond Lake Road.
Topics include fruit and vegetable variety selection, food safety, marketing and sales approaches, online presence and marketing strategies, starting a successful farmers market, urban farming for the local market, benefits of selling at farmers markets, and MDAC programs and opportunities.
The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.
The short course is free, but advance registration is required.
To view the agenda, get directions, find nearby hotel information, or to register, visit http://www.farmersmarkets.msstate.edu/conference. For more information, contact Rick Snyder at Rick.Snyder@msstate.edu or 601-892-3731.
Funds for this project were provided through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant Program.