The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems engages the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in developing regionally integrated, sustainable food systems. Their website offers resources ranging from briefs and fact sheets to videos and a webinar series on topics such as institutional sourcing of local food, farm-to-school, farmers markets, and social justice in the food system.
Monthly webinars offered through the AMSTA project will take place from November 2018 through May 2019, and will cover topics including:
- Institutional Sales and Dining Service Contractors
- Retail Metrics
- Farmers Market Promotion
- Reporting with Results: How to plan, create, and deliver grant reports that pave the way for future funding
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In the meantime, check out the webinar below (recorded in 2014) on the role of local cooperatives in food systems development, and the list of archived webinars offered by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.
Webinar on November 15, 2018 introducing the AMSTA project, the website, resources, and the partnership with the Wallace Center’s Food System Leadership Network and the discussion group for FMPP & LFPP grantees.
Webinar on December 5, “Institutional Sales: High Volume, High Hurdles” with Sarah Fritschner. If your organization is looking get local food into institutions such as schools or hospitals, you’ll want to view this webinar.
January 16 webinar
“Understanding & Improving Your Customer Expansion or Retention Strategy”
What are you trying to achieve with your FMPP grant? Add more new customers? Increase sales of those already shopping? Which demographic are you targeting and why?
Join us as Darlene Wolnik discusses steps to creating a focused strategy that will help you meet your FMPP goals.
February 19 webinar
“Convening Events: An Effective Tool for Matchmaking and Raising Public Awareness”
Convening events can be a useful tool for supporting a local food system. They provide a valuable opportunity for matchmaking between farmers and wholesale buyers, and raising public awareness about the good food movement. In this webinar we will review the 6 steps to holding a successful convening event, explore the role of sponsorship in event planning, and discuss the challenge of balancing the needs of industry and the general public.
Ann Karlen, University of Vermont, Kitchen Table Consultants and former Executive Director, Fair Food Philadelphia
March 6 – “REACH OUT” – A Community-Centered Approach to Farmers Markets Promotion & Outreach
Nykisha Madison-Keita, Farm Manager for Urban Tree Connection and Penn State Urban Ag Coordinator, Dorothy Cross
Explore the dynamics of farmers market promotion and outreach when shifted to a community-centered approach. Through an exploration of community assets, reimagination of strategic partnerships, and an investigation of barriers to engagement, learn how to REACH OUT to the community you serve and open doors for success. Farmers market challenges transform into opportunities for collective benefit when you adopt the mindset that the people are the money!
Here is the link to the recording
April 24 – “FMPP & LFPP Project Evaluation”
Presented by Rebecca Sero
Using the context of the FMPP & LFPP project narrative, this webinar will discuss the basics of evaluating your project, including why and when to conduct evaluations. In addition, commonly used evaluation methods will be covered and several tips for evaluation shared.
Link to webinar recording: FMPP & LFPP Project Evaluation
Presentation PDF: Evaluating Your Program – FMPP & LFPP
May 22 – Developing Evidence-Based Insights: How to Use Your Farmers Market as a “Living Lab”
Presented by Nancy Staisey and Helaine Harris
Learn from a Delaware Farmers’ Market’s experience collecting concrete evidence and testing ideas about what really works to increase sales at a farmers market. This webinar will cover the methodology used to identify a study question, select a test approach and report results, as well as how to ensure maximal impacts from your sharing your results.
June 19 – “Reporting Your Results”
Presented by Addie Candib
This webinar will help grant recipients plan for and produce compelling grant reports that accurately convey the scope and impact of their projects. The webinar will discuss the importance of effective grant reports, how to plan for successful reporting early in the grant period, common pitfalls and best practices, and recommendations for reporting to AMS, and will address participants’ specific questions and concerns about grant reporting.