OTTINEAU — Dakota College at Bottineau-Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture will host a free virtual workshop for community leaders on Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. The workshop aims to bring together community leaders regarding a possible role in North Dakota Farmers Markets. The workshop will highlight the importance and impacts of farmers’ markets on vendors and local economic actors.
A recent North Dakota survey conducted by the Dakota College of Bottineau-Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture suggests that North Dakotans are interested enough to support more farmers’ markets and provide a cohesive local food program that would benefit both for the local economy and the food supplier. .
“I believe that for North Dakota farmers markets to continue to become a more stable part of our communities, we need to identify roles within our municipal leadership structures that can bring resources outside the capacity of the farmers market. existing”, said Quinn Renfandt, co-director of the Farmers Market Promotion Program at Dakota College. “I am interested in connecting with anyone in the economic development sectors, city councils, chamber of commerce, community leadership organizations etc. with the goal of learning how we can work together to create stronger communities through farmers markets and the opportunities they can provide.”
The workshop will feature Becca Jablonski, assistant professor and economist of food systems extension at Colorado State University, and Simone Wai, community builder and co-founder of Folkways, who uses her experiences to solve problems in community, such as workforce retention, economic vitality and community belonging. The workshop will also feature an open mic panel that will include some of North Dakota’s most outspoken farmer market leaders, with the goal of shining a light on our region’s most pressing needs right from the front lines.
To register for the workshop, go to: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwufu2rpjwiHtejKQkHA9m9hsgRPLDg91at or call Renfandt at 228-5605.