Keeseville to host first Cornell Cooperative Extension preseason farmers market training

Cornell Cooperative Extension will present preseason farmers’ market training to help North Country growers develop their salesmanship, labor management, social media skills and compliance with food safety regulations.

Sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will help growers create a compelling personal story to connect to consumers. To grow to the next level, many farmers need to learn how to comply with legal requirements for adding a farm labor force. To expand beyond family labor, this is critical.

Also on the workshop agenda are how to reap sales from Facebook, and the latest information on how to meet federal Food Safety Modernization Act regulations for the prevention of food contamination.

The training will take place as follows:

-March 15 in Keeseville at the AuSable Valley Grange; register with Laurie Davis, 518-962-4810, lsd22@cornell.edu

-March 22 in Watertown at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office; register with Steve Ledoux, 315-379-5270, swl73@cornell.edu

-April 5 in Canton at the St. Lawrence County Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm; register with Betsy Hodge, 315-379-9192, bmf9@cornell.edu

-April 12 in Malone at the 911 Emergency Services Building; register with Rick LeVitre, 518-483-7403, rlevitre@cornell.edu.

The $20 cost to attend includes lunch.

The Northern New York region of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties has more than 37 community-based farmers’ markets. Consumers can find farmers’ markets in those counties on the Adirondack Harvest website at www.adirondackharvest.com.