Market Manager Mentorship Program

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The most beneficial advice market managers receive comes from peers who have personal experiences to share. The purpose of the Market Manager Mentorship Program is to pair a market manager with an experienced mentor. Mentors help mentees overcome obstacles and solve challenges, which can allow farmers markets to more quickly and efficiently increase access to healthy food in underserved communities.

 

Program Start Date: March 6, 2019

Program End Date: November 2019

Monthly calls will occur on the second Monday of each month (April – November) 1 pm – 2 pm.  A meet and greet event will happen during lunch at the annual MIFMA conference on Wednesday, March 6th.

Those interested in being a part of the Market Manager Mentorship program must be a MIFMA member to participate. Become a member today!

If you have any questions about becoming a mentor or a mentee or to help sponsor additional members in the program please contact Joe Lesausky Food Access Manager by email: joe@mifma.org or phone: (517) 432-3381

Mentee Application Information

Mentee Benefits Apply Online to be a Mentee 

  • Paired with an experienced mentor accessible for questions and support in regard to market management and/or food assistance programs.
  • Access to their mentor via email or phone to ask basic questions and discuss concerns and ideas. A mentor will also direct mentees to helpful resources and references for further information.
  • Access to informative monthly conference calls (April through November) to address common questions and issues that arise during the market season. Calls will occur on the second Monday of the month 1 pm – 2 pm
  • Access to a private meet and greet luncheon held at the Michigan Farmers Market Conference in East Lansing, MI on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
  • A mentor will visit your farmers market at least once to observe your market.
  • Mentees that are certified market managers seeking recertification through MIFMA’s Continuing Education Program have the opportunity to earn up to 8 Professional Development Hours through call monthly call attendance.

Mentee Qualifications:

Individuals should be (1) actively engaged in the process of helping a Michigan farmers market begin to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during the 2019 market season (the individual may be the market manager or another staff person and/or volunteer who is actively involved in the process) and (2) participate in a market that has received SNAP equipment through State of Michigan Funding (available starting in May 2018).  The program is also designed for market managers who have fewer than 3 years of experience managing a farmers market or are new to operating a SNAP program at their market. All individuals must be current MIFMA members to apply and the preference is that they also enroll in the 2019 Market Manager Certificate Program.

Become a Sponsor! Learn about how sponsoring one or more of MIFMA’s educational development opportunities can help you reach attendees and support MIFMA’s mission to create a thriving marketplace for local food and farm products. Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Complete the sponsorship form online or download the form.


Mentor Application Information

Mentor Benefits – Apply Online to be a Mentor

  • Mentors have an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with mentees in regard to market management and food assistance programs.
  • Access to informative monthly conference calls (April through November) to address common questions and issues that arise during the market season. Calls will occur on the second Monday of each month 1 pm – 2 pm.
  • Access to a private meet and greet luncheon held at the Michigan Farmers Market Conference in East Lansing, MI on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
  • Mentors receive a $100 stipend per mentee and $100 travel stipend for one market site visit per mentee.
  • Mentors that are certified market managers seeking recertification through MIFMA’s Continuing Education Program have the opportunity to earn up to 8 Professional Development Hours through call monthly call attendance, and 1 hour for a completed site visit checklist.

Mentor Qualifications:

  • Is currently managing a Michigan farmers market, or has had previous experience managing a farmers market.
  • Preference for those that have been recognized by the Market Manager Certificate Program as a professionally trained farmers market manager.
  • Is a current MIFMA member.
  • Willingness to share experiences and communicate with others.