Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I got the sheets from Bonnie and tried to contact Jamie Womack who has additional sheets from sigma sigma sigma. I am still enjoying my sweet potatoes and honey which I purchased at our farmers market Watched the webinar and it was a first. I was excited when my question was read and got to see results immediately from this process.
Posted by benny at 4:26 PM
I picked up the sign up sheets from the lab where Bonnie left them, however, Danity did not go to class on Thursday night. So, I gave the sheets to Benny on Thursday. That is all I have to report.
Posted by Erica at 1:35 PM
Sent the letter to Bonnie for her to send out once all the emails are in.
Some people have gotten back about the Turtle Cove thing. Seems most are flexible. I would personally prefer the weekdays after finals.
Posted by Sole at 11:47 AM
I know I have been out of sorts for the past week, please forgive me. Big truck insurance companies and honesty really don't mix. :)
With that being said, I will return the e-mailing lists that are still in my possession to Bonnie since the signatures are all counted. Other than that, I don't have much to report.
Posted by Dee moses at 9:11 AM
So, good news! We have a date for the meeting with the farmers. Not all of them will be available, but a good amount of them will be: this tuesday, Nov. 22nd at 11am. If need be, the time can be adjusted, but Dr. Burley said that would be a good time for him. I invited the Reconnect members too. I hope some of you all will be able to attend as well.
Sooo, I guess I should email Joseph and Brittany from Campus dining? I'll do that today!
The webinar was a little late, but it was very informative. I took notes. The first speaker had some great marketing ideas for farmers markets and some good things to consider if/as our farmers market gets bigger.. or it may not, and just stay small. The second speaker was my favorite, though, because he talked about the social and cultural aspects of farmers markets and how their farmers markets (Fondy Foods) served as a healing experience for their farmers. I think the social/cultural aspects (especially having minority farmers) are very important to consider, and I look forward to watching/observing and talking to people in the next farmers markets! But in addition to that, our farmers market will serve as a really important source for local, healthy food.. this will be the only farmers market in Hammond, right at SELU!
I got the thank you letter for the RFC signature email list from Sole, thank you Sole! I've sent it out. I combined all of the contact groups into one contact group.
Now I just need to tweak that letter to the president!
I also talked to the Reconnecters about the Turtle Cove outing (they got Sole's email too) and they're super, super excited. I can't wait!
Posted by SleepDebtFairy at 8:32 AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This week has been kinda slow, and I've been preparing for my papers and finals. With that being said we did have a webinar to attend, and I will speak on that for a moment. It started a little late, but it was full of valuable information. One thing that I really enjoyed was the idea that attracting vendors and retaining vendors should look at more than just economics; it should look at social, human, and natural sources. Asking vendors about their experiences by using a survey is the same concept that we did at the farmers market. I don't believe our farmers market is at a stage where it could support more than one vendor (if we would even want to), but I do believe it is always a good idea to gauge the farmers about their experiences both economic and social.
One of the major things that the first speaker spoke about that I liked was the idea of specializing your product line: Become a new, creative type of market (new kinds of market that work from your own community or locality with specialty items that work with your culture; ex. seafood or health items). I believe this is a goal we need to strive for. Personally, I think we kinda met this goal already by having local-area farmers sell local produce at our farmers market, but this is always something we can push for even more.
The second speaker spoke a lot about the cultural and social aspects of farmers markets and the farmers in general, and one key point that I took from his presentation was that with the evaluation of farmers, don’t look at economic “American” viewpoint, but look at the farmers culturally and see if they can reconnect to their own culturally traditions; need to look at social aspects of farmers. I think this is one thing we need to do every time we put on a farmers market is to evaluate the farmers and how they felt the event went beyond financially. I would love to have their input in evaluating our project, and how they felt their social needs were met by this project or what was lacking.
Overall, I had to leave the webinar once the questions started because I had to go do my field experience for my education classes, but it was a pretty cool experience! I've had a great time in this class with all of you, and I just want to thank everyone for helping me out during my first semester in grad school, and what has been the toughest semester in my personal life. Thank you guys so much, and it has been an honor to work with all of you!
Posted by Timothy at 10:51 AM
- letter to admin - need extra sets of eyes
- Week of November 9th through 15th
- This week
- Hi Guys
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- Week of November 9 - 15
- Meet The Stranger
- Hi Everyone,
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- Week of Novermber 2nd to the 9th!
- Week of November 2nd - November 8th
- Hi All
- Thanks and the Week Summed Up
- reflection of food day
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- Health Students Suggestions for future markets
- Farmers Market Week and Beyond!
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