Farmers Market & Community Garden Workshop

Sponsored by Farmers’ Market Moms

February 27, 2010 – 12:30-4:00pm

Corps of Discovery Welcome Center

3 miles south of Yankton on Hwy 81

Topics will include:

  • What is “Farmers’ Market Moms Project”
  • The Makings of a Successful Farmers’ Market
  • Communicating with the Consumer
  • Buy Fresh Buy Local
  • Funding opportunities
  • Community Gardens
  • Marketing and Promoting Your Market


Billene Nemec managed the Haymarket in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1986 – 2000, the Old Cheney Road Market from 2006-2008 and still manages a small mid-week Havelock market. Billene has presented many work shops on building and sustaining a farmers market in communities. Billene also heads the Nebraska Buy Fresh Buy Local Program.

Pat Garrity began his mid-sized organic fruit farm, with his wife Jan in the early 1980s near Mission Hill, South Dakota and sold the produce in a variety of farmers’ markets throughout the area. Pat started running a stand at the Floyd Boulevard Market in Sioux City, Iowa in 2004 and took leadership of the market in 2006. Today Pat is South Dakota’s Buy Fresh Buy Local program coordinator.

Healthy Yankton, a group in Yankton, SD, along with the City of Yankton worked to develop a community garden on the edge of town. In 2009 they developed 96 garden plots and hoped they would be able to rent out 20-25 of them the first year. They will explain what it took to develop the “Community Garden/Dog Run” and how they managed to rent 50 of the plots.

Sandy Patton, director of “Farmers’ Market Moms” and Curt Arens, asisstant director,  are working together to assist in the growth of new farmers market vendors and customers for existing and new rural farmers markets in northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota. Sandy and Curt recently completed the “Farm to Family Connection” project with the Northeast Nebraska RC&D in the fall of 2008 when they co-authored the local food campaign booklet & CD, “Making the Connection: A Toolkit for Starting a Radio and Web-based Local Food Campaign”.


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