Michigan Farmers Market Conference

2019 Michigan Farmers Market Conference: Roadmap to Resiliency!

Join us March 5-6, 2019 for the Michigan Farmers Market Conference: Roadmap to Resiliency! at the Plant and Soil Sciences Building on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

This two-day conference features engaging educational sessions for beginning and advanced market managers and other key personnel, volunteers, supporters of Michigan farmers markets.

Click here to view the 2019 Conference Agenda

Click here to view the 2019 Conference Program


The cost to attend is $150 for MIFMA members (or $100 for one day only) or $300 for non-members (or $200 for one day only).

Click here to register now!

Refund Policy
Your registration fee is fully refundable up to 14 days prior to the event. No refunds will be given after that date.

Conference Keynote Speaker

Joe Borgstrom, Principle, Place + Main

Joe Borgstrom is an accomplished professional in the fields of Downtown Redevelopment, Community and Economic Development, Main Street and Placemaking. His 20+ year career includes executive management at the local non-profit and state government levels, project financial structuring and evaluation, fund development, foreign direct investment recruitment, program management, public speaking and consulting. He and his teams have used state and local incentives to leverage more than $2.2 billion in private investment into communities. He has worked as a senior director in state government, earning recognition as a leader in Main Street, Community Development Block Grants, and Brownfield redevelopment and has been the President & CEO of a 5-star Accredited Chamber of Commerce, the highest accreditation rating given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Today, Joe is a Principle with the firm Place + Main Advisors where he works with communities and developers alike to create quality places.


The Michigan Farmers Market Conference has negotiated a special rate of $108.00 per room plus applicable taxes for conference attendees and affiliated groups at The Courtyard by Marriott Lansing.

To book a room, click here. You may also call the hotel’s reservation line at (888) 284-1894, mention the Michigan Farmers Market Association, and use the code FAR to secure the special conference rate.

For any questions regarding individual reservations please call the hotel directly at (517) 482-0500 and ask to speak to the sales office. Reservations must be made no later than Friday, February 15, 2019, to take advantage of the special conference rate.

Attendees staying at The Courtyard by Marriott Lansing may also take advantage of the complimentary hotel shuttle to and from the conference and happy hour.

Conference Happy Hour

Ellison Brewery + Spirits, East Lansing, MI
Tuesday, March 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join MIFMA staff and board members at Ellison Brewery and Spirits in East Lansing for an informal happy hour. Market managers, farmers and vendors, community partners, speakers, and market supporters will be able to meet and network. Locally sourced foods and beverages will be available for purchase.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Position your company and expose your brand to farmers market managers and stakeholders at the 2019 Michigan Farmers Market Conference. Sponsorship enables you to reach attendees before, during, and after the conference. We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities and recognition. Choose a level that meets your interest, or contact us to customize a sponsorship package that better suits your organization.

Learn more about 2019 Michigan Farmers Market Conference sponsorship & exhibitor opportunities

Click here to complete the 2019 Michigan Farmers Market Conference sponsorship form online

For questions about additional sponsorship opportunities or to customize a sponsorship package, please contact Diane Huhn at 517-432-3381 or diane@mifma.org.

We welcome sponsorships from organizations that support our mission to advance farmers markets to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products. All sponsorship forms will be reviewed and approved by MIFMA. Please note that sponsorships are non-refundable.