Arrived in Baltimore...and I've already ran into another farmers' market stakeholder that is attending the USDA Farmers' Market Summit.
I met Sharon Yeago, Treasurer of the Farmers' Market Coalition on the way from the airport to the hotel in Baltimore.
Sharon is the immediate past Chairman of the Board for the Florida Association of Community Farmers Markets, and is currently directing their Buy Local Florida grant program. Sharon developed this program and it is successfully bringing more small farmers to market, creating new community markets, and educating market managers on working with small farmers, value added products and best management practices. Sharon has been a community farmers market manager for the past 7 years and currently manages the High Springs Farmers Market. She also manages the High Springs Food Security Project, a grant funded program sponsored by the Project for Public Spaces and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Prior to joining the agricultural community, Sharon developed extensive experience in the nonprofit world through her work with cultural and music programming.
The summit kicks off tonight...check back tomorrow for news and events from Baltimore.
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