OFMA Annual Meeting

Oregon Farmers Markets Association
2019 OFMA Annual Meeting

Friday, February 22, 2019
Afternoon Workshops 12 noon to 3 pm
Evening Program 4 pm to 8 pm
at the Adair Clubhouse, in Corvallis, OR

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About

NEW this year! Afternoon workshops before the evening program, see Schedule section below for descriptions.

The OFMA Annual Meeting occurs each year in conjunction with the OSU Small Farms Conference, offering an opportunity for dynamic discussions, information exchange and peer networking between Oregon’s market managers and other food system stakeholders.  This is also the time when OFMA’s annual business will be conducted, giving our members a chance to weigh in on the direction of their statewide organization.

The annual meeting will include board elections, table-topic discussions, networking over dinner, informational speakers and updates relevant to Oregon farmers markets.  We have some exciting topics we are focusing on this year, including how to improve equity and inclusion at markets, how OFMA can better meet the needs of ALL our markets in 2018, and more.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Note: OFMA also organizes a Farmers Market Track of workshops at the Small Farm Conference itself on Saturday, so be sure to register for those as well! [Registration is separate for these 2 events]


Schedule

Click here for a print version of the 2019 Annual Meeting Agenda.

Afternoon Workshops 12 noon to 3 pm

  • Check in and Lunch: 11:30 am to 12 noon
  • Welcome: 12 noon
  • Workshop Session 1: 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm
    • Data Power
    • Toward Greater Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Your Farmers Markets
  • Break
  • Workshop Session 2: 1:45 pm to 3 pm
    • Lightning Round: Supporting Your Newest Vendors in Food Safety
    • Farmers Market Board Room

Afternoon Workshop Descriptions
Two workshops will run concurrently during each of the two workshop Sessions. 

SESSION 1:

Data Power:  Learn how to collect and use data from your farmers markets to support your vendors, prove the economic impact of your market and utilize in funding requests.  This will be a hands-on class with tools, templates and tips to take home.

Facilitated by: 
* Kelly Crane, Oregon Farmers Markets Association
Contributers: 
* Dar Wolnik, Farmers Market Coalition / Market Metrics
* Daniel Westervelt, Farmspread
* Becky White, Clatskanie Farmers Market
* Lisa Hall, Market Manager, Portland Farmers Market
* Amanda Pastoria, Umpqua Valley Farmers Market
* Dr. Mallory Rahe, Oregon State University

Toward Greater Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Your Farmers Markets: Farmers Markets are a hot bed for community connections, food access and local economic development. In this interactive session we will explore how Farmers Markets have contributed to harmful structures, as well as focus on ways we can move towards equity and create welcoming and supportive markets.

Facilitated by: 
* Anna Springer, Lil Starts Farm/OFMA Board
* Kaely Summers, Adelante Mujeres, Farmers Market & Nutrition Manager
Contributers: 
* Rose Williams, St. Johns Farmers Market 

SESSION 2:

Lightning Round: Supporting Your Newest Vendors in Food Safety: A facilitated exchange with experts and service providers specifically focused on food safety at farmers markets for new and beginning vendors, and how market managers can support them. This dynamic look will include the perspectives of a market manager, farmer, OSU cottage foods expert, and a hot food vendor.

Facilitated by: 
* Molly Notarianni, Program Director, Farmers Market Fund
Contributers:
* Kelly Streit, OSU Extension: “Cottage Foods at farmers markets”
* Kaely Summers, Forest Grove Farmers Market Manager: “Helping your beginning vendors address food safety”
* Susanna L Pearlstein, Oregon Department of Agriculture: “FSMA and how it relates to your market”
* Sarah Booth, Corvallis Farmers Market: “Food safety as a hot food vendor”

Farmers Market Board Room: Learn from your peers in this facilitated share-out of farmers market organizational documents such as bylaws, federal nonprofit status applications, market policies, and more!  We will have some to review, but please feel free to bring your own to share with this learning community.

Facilitated by: 
* Kelly Crane, Oregon Farmers Markets Association

OFMA Annual Meeting
Evening Program
4 pm to 8 pm
New arrivals check in: 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm 

  • Social Hour 3 pm to 4 pm
    • Enjoy a drink and appetizers with other OFMA members
    • Conversation and networking
    • Pin your market on the map of Oregon
    • Share materials from your market at the shared resource table
  • Welcome & Introductions 4 pm
  • OFMA Business Meeting
  • Table Discussions Round 1
  • Dinner
  • Short Updates
  • Table Discussions Round 2
  • Thank You’s and Closing 8 pm
  • After wrapping up the formal program at 8 pm feel free to stay for an hour to continue conversations and networking.

Pricing & Registration

Dinner is free for up to two representatives for OFMA member markets, and is $20/person for additional individuals. (Click here to learn more about OFMA Membership.)

Please register by Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

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Travel Scholarships

Yay! OFMA was able to award travel scholarships to 7 different OFMA member markets for a market manager or organizer who would not otherwise receive compensation for the cost of travel to Corvallis, Oregon to attend the OFMA Annual Meeting.

The travel scholarship funds have all been awarded for 2019, and application requests are now closed. Keep an eye out for this opportunity for next year’s OFMA Annual Meeting in 2020.

Made possible through a generous donation by the Beaverton Farmers Market.


Directions & Parking

The OFMA Annual Meeting is held at a different location than the Small Farm Conference: the Adair Clubhouse in Corvallis, OR. The Clubhouse is located in Adair Village, just a few minutes drive north of Corvallis. The street address is 6097 NE Ebony Lane, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Directions from Corvallis:
Head north on Highway 99W about 5.5 miles.
Turn right on NE Arnold Avenue.
Continue less than a half-mile on Arnold Avenue. Adair Clubhouse is on your right.

Directions from Salem, Monmouth or north:
Head south on Highway 99W.
Turn left on NE Arnold Avenue at Adair Village.
Continue less than a half-mile on Arnold Avenue. Adair Clubhouse is on your right.

Directions from Albany or Interstate 5:
Head toward Corvallis on US Highway 20.
Take the Lyon Street bridge out of Albany.
Go about four miles on US Highway 20 to Independence Highway.
Turn right on Independence Highway and go about 2.5 miles to Ryals Avenue.
Turn left on Ryals Avenue and continue about 1.5 miles.
Ryals Avenue dead-ends into Arnold Avenue. Turn right.
Adair Clubhouse is just around the corner on your left.

Parking
There is parking at and around the Adair Clubhouse.
Overflow parking is available at the park across the street.


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