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.

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Program Start Date: March 7, 2018

Program End Date: November 30, 2018

To receive full program benefits, apply to participate by February 28, 2018. Applications will also be accepted on a rolling basis to join the program after the start date.

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

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 from April – November to address common questions and issues that arise during the market season.
  • Access to a private meet and greet luncheon held at the Michigan Farmers Market Conference in East Lansing, MI on March 7, 2018.
  • A mentor will visit your farmers market at least once to observe your market.

Mentee Qualifications:

Individuals should be either (1) a beginning market manager who has fewer than 3 years of experience managing a farmers market in Michigan and/or (2) be actively engaged in the process of helping a Michigan farmers market begin to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during the 2018 market season (the individual may be the market manager or another staff person and/or volunteer who is actively involved in the process). All individuals must be current MIFMA members to apply and the preference is that they also enroll in the 2018 Market Manager Certificate Program.


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 market management and food assistance programs.
  • Access to informative monthly conference calls from April – November to address common questions and issues that arise during the market season.
  • Access to a private meet and greet luncheon held at the Michigan Farmers Market Conference in East Lansing, MI on March 7, 2018.
  • Mentors receive a $100 stipend per mentee and $100 travel stipend for one market site visit per mentee.

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.