Dale Duda, President, IL Certified Market Manager
Julie Brame, Secretary
Charles Mann, Treasurer
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The Illinois Farmers Market Association (ILFMA) along with Northbrook Farmers Market Association, are pleased to announce that Dale Duda recently completed the 2020-2021 Illinois Certified Farmers Market Manager Program, sponsored by Illinois Farm Bureau and University of Illinois Extension.
Pictured above, Duda is one of 20 managers from across Illinois to be certified as an official "IL-CFMM," Illinois Certified Farmers Market Manager.
This inaugural program required 30 hours of classroom training focusing on basic and advanced leadership skills and professional development topics essential to successful farmers market management. The Illinois Certified Farmers Market Manager Program acknowledges that the Northbrook Farmers Market market manager is a trained professional.
"Farmers markets are essential to the life and livelihood of farmers, producers, and communities throughout Illinois," said Janie Maxwell, ILFMA Executive Director. "Farmers markets don't just happen, and it takes the planning, organization, community organizations, and dedicated individuals for them to be successful. "
Duda had the opportunity to network with fellow farmers market managers, share ideas, suggest creative solutions, and learn from each other. The networking proved to be a valuable component and a highlight of the overall experience," said Maxwell.
"This was a great program to learn more about developing and maintaining a sustainable farmers market, especially during these challenging times," said Duda. “I was thrilled to be in the state organization’s inaugural class.”
Did you know:
That farmers markets are essential businesses.
That market managers are local food heroes.
That farmers markets are safe.
First come, first served with preference for local groups. For a reservation form and a required COVID-19 Addendum, click on the Find out more button below.
June 16: Opening Day, sponsored by NorthShore University HealthSystem
June 23: Northbrook Park District
June 30: Total Link 2 Community
July 7: Be Smart
July 14: Summer Stock Day/Northfield Township Food Pantry
July 21: Go Green Northbrook
July 28: Unavailable
Aug. 11: Northbrook Public Library
Aug. 18: North Shore Senior Center
Aug. 25: Unavailable
Sept: 1: CATCH (Community Action Together for Children's Health)
Sept. 29: Unavailable
Oct. 6: Democrats of Northfield Township
Oct. 13: Closing Day and L'il Pumpkins; Kids decorate free pumpkins, sponsored by NorthShore University HealthSystem