New Rules and New Tools for Certified Farmers’ Markets
Over the past two years, several new laws have gone into effect that have dramatically changed the rules that govern California’s certified farmers’ markets. In response to those laws the California Department of Food and Agriculture has crafted regulations to implement those new rules. Many of the most significant changes to the laws and regulations are actually the responsibility of farmers, not farmers’ market managers, but farmers’ markets are being held responsible for their enforcement. This workshop, using a train-the-trainer format, will provide market managers with tools that they can use to train the farmers within their markets on some of the most important new laws and regulations including required signage in farmers’ markets, safe sampling, and truth in communication with customers. It will also explain new rules concerning wine and beer sales and sampling in the state’s certified farmers’ markets.
At the conclusion of the workshop all participants will be provided access to an online library of training materials in multiple languages that they can use.
Moderator: Allen Moy, Executive Director, Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association