SUNY Cobleskill and Partners Announce First Graduate of Farmers’ Market Certification Course

On January 6, Reed Proper of the Old Forge Farmers Market became the first graduate of FMM Pro, New York State’s first-ever Farmers’ Market Managers Professional Certification Course. The online course was launched in March by SUNY Cobleskill in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Farmers’ Market Federation of NY, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County.

“I liked being able to complete the program at my own pace and at times that was convenient and also not having to leave home,” Proper said. “And at 80 years old, it made me feel young at heart! With the knowledge gained from the farmers market managers certification program, I can create a more efficient market, have a greater nutritional assistance program for the local needy and have a better chance of qualifying for grants.”

The goal of FMM Pro is to grow and professionalize New York’s farmers’ markets by providing expert training to those who run markets, making them certified market managers. New York State is now home to some 646 farmers’ markets, up nearly 35 percent from just five years ago.


In the News

The Buffalo News
New York State Online Farmers Market Management Program Lauds First Graduate

USAgNet
First NYS Certified Farmer’s Market Manager Graduates

Morning Ag Clips
Farmer’s Market Manager Get Certified

WENY News
Program Certifies Students to Become Farmers’ Market Managers


The program, funded by Governor Cuomo’s FreshConnect Program, created New York State’s first ever market manager certification designation, which is formally recognized through the SUNY educational system and gives participants a credential they can use to garner support and enthusiasm for their markets.

Program participants who complete the full curriculum will graduate and receive a Certified Market Manager certificate. Completing the course will help market managers better organize, administer, and promote their markets.

The FMM Pro certificate program provides a tremendously valuable service to professionals in New York’s direct-to-consumer food sector,” said SUNY Cobleskill Associate Professor of Agricultural Business Management Jason R. Evans. “Market managers can utilize the principles and best practices gleaned from this program to run better markets, which means more efficient and less costly marketing efforts for producers and better experiences for consumers that translate to strong demand.”

Read the full news release from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets >>

To learn more and to register for FMM Pro: Farmers’ Market Managers Certification Program, visit http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/fmmpro.

More News

Graduates, you're just hours away from crossing the stage and accepting your diploma! Be sure to review our Commencement Page (linked below) for all the information you and your supporters will need to enjoy tomorrow's celebration. #classof2022

https://t.co/Ehx1NlGHne https://t.co/5fHIlnpBOa
SUNYCobleskill photo
The Grad Week celebrations continue! Kettle corn, sunshine, a toast from President Terenzio, and the seniors' gift of a tree to the campus. #Classof2022 https://t.co/pSS2e2OrdL SUNYCobleskill photo
University Police at #SUNY Cobleskill welcome K9 Officer Reyes!

The 9-month-old German Shepard recently completed training and received certification from the @NYSDCJS in explosives detection, alongside his partner, Officer Carlianne Ferretti.

https://t.co/abshWNHDNS
The Carriage House Cafe and General Store is now a Taste NY Market, showcasing products made right here on campus, as well as from across New York State!

https://t.co/v9dWUybbqH
A huge thank you to @BrooksBBQ for supporting our 2022 SUNY Cobleskill Golf Tournament as the GOLFER’S GIFT SPONSOR! Your support directly helps our college athletes, our students, and programs across campus. We are truly grateful for your partnership. https://t.co/Ma1iwB6NCA SUNYCobleskill photo
Skip to content