Virtual rural farmers market trainings set

Farm and Food
Small Towns
Contact(s)

Erin Schoenberg, project associate, erins@cfra.org, 402.499.2781; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA – Online training will be offered to rural farmers, market managers, and vendors interested in becoming involved or improving a farmers market. These free events are hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and Buy Fresh Buy Local.

Six sessions are planned via online video conference, focusing on three areas of Nebraska: Beatrice, Kearney, and Norfolk. Two sessions are set for each region.

“We encourage you to register for trainings nearest to your location; however, if those dates do not work, you are welcome to attend other dates,” said Erin Schoenberg, project associate with the Center for Rural Affairs.

“Marketing and Vendor Recruitment/Retention Training” will be held for those in the Beatrice area on Monday, Aug. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. CT; in the Kearney area on Monday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. CT; and in the Norfolk area on Monday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. CT.

“Legal Structure and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Training” will be held for those in the Beatrice area on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. CT; in the Kearney area on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. CT; and in the Norfolk area on Monday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. CT.

“In ‘Marketing and Vendor Recruitment/Retention Training,’ learn about ways to market and expand vendor sales, vendor and customer recruitment, and to grow your community’s market,” Schoenberg said. “In ‘Legal Structure and SNAP Training,’ find out more about navigating food benefit programs to expand access to local and healthy foods.”

Registration is required by noon the day of each training to make sure attendees receive log-in details in time for the event. Visit cfra.org/events to RSVP and for more information. For questions, contact Schoenberg at erins@cfra.org or 402.499.2781.

These events are made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service.