Why Farmers Markets are Essential for Community Cohesion

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Farmers markets are uniquely positioned to act as incubators of businesses, places for civic engagement and drivers of increased regional economy, all while supporting access to fresh, healthy foods. This webinar will introduce you to the Farmers Market Coalition and the resources available to support park and recreation agencies in hosting or managing markets on their land. It will focus on how the theory of change enables farmers to serve as engines of inclusion and systemic change.

Learning objectives:
Following this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Explain the ways in which markets can serve as inclusive entities. 
  2. Leverage markets as critical engagement points for strengthening regional economy. 
  3. Position parks and recreation as key partners in markets and as drivers of community well-being.

NRPA Education online learning content is accessible for 180 days from the date of your registration. The learning content is available for registration for one year from the date of origination.

Maureen Neumann (she/her)

Senior Program Manager

National Recreation and Park Association

Maureen Neumann is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation. 

Darlene Wolnik (she/her)

Training and Technical Assistance Director

Farmers Market Coalition

Darlene Wolnik is the Training and Technical Assistance Director of Farmers Market Coalition. Since 2011, Darlene has consulted for dozens of projects on market design, operations, data collection, and analysis. She has authored numerous reports on market currency, food awareness, measurement and more. Before that, she served a decade as the Deputy Director of NGO Market Umbrella in New Orleans.

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