The City of Hudsonville, along with the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA), is pleased to announce that Market Manager, Lindsey Carlon recently completed the MIFMA Market Manager Certificate Program and was presented with a certificate on Tuesday, March 7. A total of 53 individuals participated in the program and were certified, making Carlon one of 239 individuals who have been certified since the program first started in 2011.
The MIFMA Market Manager Certificate Program is the first program of its kind developed in the country that acknowledges that the market manager is a trained professional. The program is voluntary and designed to encourage market managers to pursue leadership skills and professional development in topics essential to market management.
Carlon completed 35 hours of training focused on leadership skills and professional development in topics essential to market management. Key learning objectives covered in the program were: Introduction to Market Management, Building Your Capacity to Manage a Farmers Market, State of Michigan Licensing and Regulations, Overview of Food Assistance Programs, Collecting and Sharing Farmers Market Data, Grant Writing to Grow Your Market, Marketing Your Market and Planning for Events and Entertainment, and Ensuring the Sustainability of Your Farmers Market. Each certified market manager had the opportunity to network with other market managers over the course of the program. A final manager-to-manager education and networking opportunity completed the program focusing on sharing experiences and lessons learned.
“Learning and growing with other Market Managers is a humbling and exciting experience. I thank MIFMA for their time and resources they gave to this certification program,” explained Carlon. “I can’t wait to keep building relationships within the farmers market community and use my knowledge for this upcoming market season.”
Terra Square Farmers Market opens their doors every Wednesday and Saturday between the hours of 8am-1pm, running through the months of June and September. Winter markets are scheduled for October 14, November 11, and December 9 from 8am-1pm. Programming, list of current vendors, products sold, and ways to get plugged in are listed at www.terrasquare.com. Terra Square is located at 3380 Chicago Drive, Hudsonville MI, 49426.