Workshop Descriptions & Presenter Bios

Workshop Session I - 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Power Your Communications with Social Media

Social media is entering a second decade of use yet it is difficult to master: Where to start? What to post? How to post? Learn to leverage these powerful tools to better communicate with your customers for a vibrant online and offline community. Sara will present tools to help you manage accounts with limited resources, appropriately engage with commenters and how to:

  • Incorporate social media into your overall communications plan
  • Optimize and schedule posts to get the most views
  • Pro tips for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • This will be a fast paced presentation that will give you tools and tips to put into action today.

Sara Munro – Raised in the Upper Valley, Sara Munro has a broad range of communications and public relations experience in the public and private sectors. She worked through the rise of digital tools (web, email, social media) and knows the challenges of determining what is worth exploring and how to best leverage new media for businesses, organizations, and personal purposes. Sara is currently Chief Collaboration Officer and Owner of Bay Haven Consulting where she works with clients to develop online and offline communications strategies. She has worked in public relations and fundraising for the Community Health Centers of Burlington, Greater Burlington YMCA, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, Capstone Community Action, and Academy of Applied Science. Sara is an active volunteer with the Junior League of Champlain Valley, Association of Junior Leagues International, and works with organizations dedicated to promoting women and STEM education.

Back to Basics: Everything You Need to Know About 3SquaresVT

Confused by all the acronyms and the ways people access their federal food benefits? Come learn the ABCs of EBT and leave with the full confidence to operate an EBT program at your market. This workshop will make sure you understand the ins and outs of 3SquaresVT, who is eligible for the program, what benefits qualify for Crop Cash, and more!  Hunger Free Vermont (HFVT) will provide an overview of the 3SquaresVT program and the population served in Vermont before covering the specifics of the program in a farmers market context. In addition, HFVT will provide tips on how to ensure that markets are welcoming and inclusive for all Vermonters. The workshop will also include a presentation from Vermont Law School staff who will share some of the legal information farmers markets should keep in mind when accepting3SquaresVT at their market, learned from research for the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit project.

Katie Green is the Adult Nutrition Initiatives Specialist at Hunger Free Vermont. She does outreach and training for programs (primarily 3SquaresVT) that feed Vermont families, seniors, and individuals. Katie works with federal, state, and community partners to address barriers to participation, increase access, ensure sustainability, and counter stigma so that all Vermonters take part in all the programs for which they may be eligible. She is also a member of the statewide EBT at Farmers Market Working Group and collaborates with NOFA-VT to ensure that low-income Vermonters have access to markets across the state.

Aurora Moses directs the Food and Agriculture Clinic and teaches a Food and Agriculture clinical seminar at the Vermont Law School. She is part of a collaborative project team with Vermont Law School, NOFA-VT and the Farmers Market Coalition to develop a Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, expected to be released in 2018.

Sarah Danly is CAFS’ Program Officer for Design.  With a BFA in Design from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, Sarah helps CAFS develop legal information resources (such as the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit) that translate legal issues for non-lawyers.  In her prior life, Sarah also helped manage the Somerville Winter Farmers Market in Somerville, MA.

Michael Good (facilitator) After finding his way to Vermont to complete the Farmer Training Program at the University of Vermont, Michael served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at NOFA-VT. In fact, he loved it so much that he decided to stay even after his service term had concluded in 2015. Prior to Vermont, Michael earned a BA in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University, where he assisted with research projects that mapped the Baltimore city food system and introduced healthy menu interventions at prepared food retailers in the city's food deserts. 

Design Solutions for Markets

This workshop will focus on market layout in terms of design. Darlene will share pictures of different market layouts, and discuss how different designs impact shopper use, management needs and risk issues. Attendees should come prepared with their current maps or be ready to draw one in the room.

Darlene Wolnik, Independent Trainer and Researcher for Public Markets and the Farmers Market Coalition Senior Research Associate, Dar worked for 10 years at New Orleans marketumbrella.org, creating and running their direct marketing outlets for farmers, and designing their ground-breaking marketshare project, which built resources for public markets everywhere. Since 2011, Darlene has worked with dozens of farmers markets and food systems across the U.S. including the current Farmers Market Coalition’s Farmers Market Metrics project and the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, in partnership with NOFA-VT and the VT Law School. Her website is:  www.helpingpublicmarketsgrow.com.

 

Workshop Session II  - 2:10 pm – 3:25 pm

How to Grow Your Social Media Presence

So you’re on social media – now what? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn strategies and tactics to optimize your social media posts on major social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. We will discuss how to incorporate photo and video, how to use calls-to-action, and how to cross-promote with your vendors. We will also develop an editorial calendar that helps your market effectively engage in social media storytelling and publishing. Participants will walk away from the session with a draft editorial calendar. Open to those who already have an active social media presence.

Alex Tursi, MPA, is social media strategist at the University of Vermont Medical Center where she manages a social media program for Vermont’s largest employer that includes blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest,  and Instagram. She has presented at the Mayo Clinic Social Media Summit and Stanford Medicine X Summit where she spoke about social media as a communications vehicle for wellness. Tursi is the former Director of Social Media at Kelliher Samets Volk, a marketing communications agency where she partnered with clients in energy, education, public health, and sustainability. She regularly appears on WCAX-TV (Channel 3) for the social media segment "Trending Thursday." She is also the former social media columnist for the Burlington Free Press. Tursi has taught workshops at Cornell University, University of Vermont, Champlain College, Burlington Social Media Day, Burlington School District, Intervale Center, Vermont Specialty Food Association, and Vermont Fresh Network. She is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University and received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Vermont in 2016. 

Get with the Program: Building Community Support for 3SquaresVT & Incentive Programs 

A community must be committed for a farmers market to be successful. Come learn from Wholesome Wave as they share tips for how to build a sense of community around your 3SquaresVT and Crop Cash programs that encourage new customers to come try out your market and then keeps them coming back week after week. Wholesome Wave will share examples of markets in their National Nutrition Incentive Network that have successfully created welcoming spaces that encourage SNAP customers to spend their benefits at the market. In addition, Wholesome Wave will also unveil its new suite of marketing materials to help inform how you communicate your program and its impacts to drive community support and awareness.

Steven Farley is a Senior Programs Associate at Wholesome Wave, based in Bridgeport, CT. Prior to joining Wholesome Wave in 2014 he worked as research assistant in population health at the University of Pittsburgh and as a SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator in rural South Carolina for Clemson University’s Cooperative Extension. Steven’s work at Wholesome Wave aligns with his personal interest in equity in access to an affordable, nutrient-dense diet for all. He provides support to and coordination of farmers market nutrition incentive programs across the US, and maintains an eye towards key needs and innovations to grow program impact in the field.

Managing Risk at Your Farmers Market

This workshop will provide an overview of some tools your market can use to manage risk - from the different types of insurance your market might consider purchasing to market rules, market day safety check-lists and more. Examples from markets around the country will be highlighted to share how some markets are addressing these issues.  Please bring your market’s rules to share – there will be time for small group work to brainstorm ways to strengthen your market’s rules?

Aurora Moses directs the Food and Agriculture Clinic and teaches a Food and Agriculture clinical seminar at the Vermont Law School. She is part of a collaborative project team with Vermont Law School, NOFA-VT and the Farmers Market Coalition to develop a Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, expected to be released in 2018.

Sarah Danly is CAFS’ Program Officer for Design.  With a BFA in Design from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, Sarah helps CAFS develop legal information resources (such as the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit) that translate legal issues for non-lawyers.  In her prior life, Sarah also helped manage the Somerville Winter Farmers Market in Somerville, MA.

Understand the Basics of Health Dept. Regulations to Support Your Vendors

This workshop will provide market managers with information to support their vendors selling prepared food, bakery items, and processed food products at temporary events in understanding and compliance with the Vermont Department of Health food safety regulations and licensing requirements.

Elisabeth Wirsing is the Food & Lodging Program Chief at the Vermont Department of Health. Liz has held this position since 2010, and manages the retail, manufactured food and lodging sanitation programs at the department. Liz holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.