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The Farmers Conference at Tuskegee University is often cited as the oldest event of its type in the nation.
The first Farmers Conference, originally called the “Peoples Conference” was hosted on this historic campus on February 23, 1892.
This conference exists today as a two-day educational forum that features tours, panel discussions, interactive demonstrations and concurrent workshops.
The theme for this years conference is “Solving Common Problems in Uncommon Ways: Sustainable Innovation for the People” These sessions address emerging issues surrounding small farmers, farm families and rural communities.
Participants will get their opportunity to ask one-on-one questions to experts in the retail marketing arena, and learn what tangible steps they can take to get their produce on shelves.All farmers regardless of size, race, sex, ethnicity are encouraged to participate, though space is limited. Reserve your spot for this pre-conference event via hosted at the serene EAT South Urban Garden located in downtown Montgomery.At this event, farmers and potential purchasers will get a chance to meet over an evening of food and fun.Themed as a “Speed Date” type of interaction, farmers and market managers are encouraged to rotate and network robustly.Farmers will be able to meet local restaurants, chefs, grocery retailers, and caterers all looking to buy from local farmers.
Tuskegee University Extension members will be onsite to help assist farmers and retailers with any questions they may have.