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Seven farmers market managers are recertified; 2018 program certification starts in January.

November 7, 2017

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REGISTRATION OPEN: The 2018 MMCP registration is now open to MIFMA members and includes 32 hours of education through three in-person sessions.

Michigan’s Market Manager Certificate Program is the first of its kind in the United States and is dedicated to training farmers market managers and acknowledging them as trained professionals.

The program is voluntary and designed to encourage market managers to pursue leadership skills and professional development in topics essential to market management.

Seven farmers market managers who were certified through MMCP are now recertified after participating in continuing education opportunities, according to the Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA). To become recertified, each market manager completed more than 20 hours of training within three years, in topics essential to market management.

Re-certified market managers include Julia Darnton, Downtown Saginaw Farmers Market; Christine Easley, Saline Farmers Markets; Marlene Epley, Williamston Farmers Market; Joe Lesauksy, Fulton Street Farmers Market; Lucy Pier, Menominee Historic Downtown Farmers Market; Marlene Epley, Williamston Farmers Market; Treasa Sowa, Munising Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market; and Myra Zyburt, Downtown Marquette Farmers Market; and Treasa Sowa, Munising Farmers Market.

Program participants engage in three in-person educational sessions and seven educational webinars, totaling 32 hours of training. Once certified, market managers are then able to start working toward recertification. Market managers must voluntarily log 20 hours of professional development as part of continuing education opportunities hosted by or approved by MIFMA. Hours can be earned by attending educational offerings, such as workshops, trainings, webinars, farmers market tours and related events as assigned by MIFMA.

Farmers markets are essential to the vitality of many local communities, according to MIFMA, and with more than 300 farmers markets in Michigan, trained professionals are needed to effectively run them. Farmers market managers often wear many hats to see that the market is run successfully. Their many roles can include managing the market’s vendors, promoting the market to both vendors and customers, coordinating volunteers, supervising staff, planning special activities events, accepting food assistance benefits, fundraising, monitoring the market’s finances, and coordinating day of setup and teardown.

The seven market managers are part of the 239 individuals across the Midwest who have been certified through the MMCP since 2011.

Registration now open
The 2018 MMCP registration is open to MIFMA members and includes 32 hours of education through three in-person sessions Jan. 19-20 and Feb. 17, and a series of seven webinars Jan. 22, 23, 29 and 31, and Feb. 5, 7 and 12. The webinars will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program will be held in Kalamazoo, Mich., with a satellite campus in northern Michigan.

For more information or to register for the MMCP, visit The educational webinars are also open to individuals not interested in attending the full program, and market managers who are already certified through the MMCP can earn professional development hours toward their own recertifications.

More information about continuing education and recertification for market managers, or individuals who have completed the MMCP and are interested in earning professional development hours toward re-certification is available at

Individuals interested in learning how to obtain a scholarship or sponsorship to participate in the 2018 MMCP are encouraged to join MIFMA for an information webinar titled, “Learn How to Get a Scholarship for the 2018 Market Manager Certificate Program,” Nov. 6, from 12 to 1 p.m. Learn more or register at

Source: MIFMA

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