JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - From growing to selling, farmers' markets are a popular event for many in the Mid-South. On February 29th, growers and vendors statewide will meet at ASU to learn, and teach, why farmers' markets are increasingly popular and how to create a successful farmers' market in their community.
"Come Grow With Us" will be hosted by the ASU Regional Farmers' Market and the Arkansas Farmers' Market Association. The one-day meeting/conference will feature presentations from experts who have been studied and been involved with farmers' markets in Region 8, Arkansas and all of the Mid-South. From chefs to publishers of magazines to researchers from Mississippi State University and University of Arkansas, a variety of speakers will be present.
Another focus will be how growers can lengthen their growing season and provide more produce with a greater variety. Growers can also find out how to make more money at this trade.
"This is a unique opportunity for any one who has toyed with the idea of getting involved in the direct marketing of their produce to consumers," said Bob Young, chair of the ASU Regional Farmers' Market Advisory Board. "Even backyard gardeners and hobbyists can be successful at it. If you have the land, locally grown produce can be very lucrative. There's a huge market for it out there."
The conference will be at the Convocation Center at ASU on Friday, February 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration, which includes refreshments and lunch, is $20.
Individuals looking for continuing education credits may sign up at the conference for crop management, which is 1 credit hour, and professional development, which is 4 credit hours.