Georgia Farmers Market Association Announces 2017 Food for Thought Conference

July 26, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia: The Georgia Farmers Market Association announced the dates and location for its second annual Food for Thought Conference. The conference will be Thursday, November 30 through Friday, December 1, 2017 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, GA.

The Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA) works year-round to strengthen connections between farmers markets and local producers to help them maintain sustainable businesses, engage their communities, and improve local food systems. Its Food for Thought Conference brings market managers, farmers, municipalities, agricultural businesses, educators, healthcare professionals, food advocates and local food enthusiasts together to share their experience, knowledge and passion for healthy food, strong communities and food sovereignty.

"We were delighted by the participation, enthusiasm and impact of the Food for Thought Conference last year," said Sagdrina Jalal, Executive Director, Georgia Farmers Market Association. "Gwinnett Technical College was an excellent venue for the event last year and we are happy to return."

When the GFMA hosted its first Food for Thought Conference at Gwinnett Technical College last year, both organizations recognized the synergy between their programs. 

  • "We focus on real-world education and skill development at Gwinnett Technical College and we encourage our students to connect with industry associations," said Aaron Poulsen, program director for the College's Horticulture program.

  • "The Food for Thought Conference is an excellent opportunity for our Horticulture and Culinary Arts program students to learn, gain valuable experience, volunteer, attend sessions and network with agricultural professionals."

Strong and resilient farmers markets bring people together, bridge cultural gaps, encourage sustainable living, educate and inspire better food choices and healthier eating. They help local producers succeed while raising awareness and improving local food systems, stimulating local economies, and contributing to the health of entire communities. The 2017 Food for Thought Conference will facilitate and encourage meaningful dialog about ways to cultivate and assist more farmer’s markets, help more local producers prosper, and strengthen communities. Early Bird Conference Registration is Open Now, Learn more here.

The local food community was energized by the 2016 conference. Jalal estimates that registration may double this year because the association has heard from many local food advocates and community leaders who regret missing the event last year.

About the Georgia Farmers Market Association (GFMA)
GFMA is an association of farmers markets, producers and farmers, community organizations, and local food advocates. Members believe that farmers markets can be vital community building, economy bolstering organizations that grow local, healthy food systems and improve equitable food access. The association hosts the annual Food for Thought Conference and works to promote and support community-based farmers markets through its membership, consulting and education programs.