Potential Partners: Acadiana Food Circle Freetown Market Local Harvest Website LSU AgCenter Louisiana Market Maker (AgCenter) - Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (Deborah Cross-Young) Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (Harlon Pearce) Center for Ecology and Environmental Technology at ULL (CEED) (Dr. Susan Mopper) Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners (LPMGA) (Stacy Lee) Cultural Research Institute of Acadiana (CRIA)(Louis Michot) Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) (Greg Gouthreaux) Lafayette Convention and Visitor Commission (LCVC) (Ben Berthlot) Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) (Raymond Hebert) Bayou Vermilion District (BVD) (David Cheramie) Louisiana Native Plant Society (Dr. Charles Allen)
Potentials Sponsors: Acadiana Resource Conversation & Development Council Louisiana Native Plant Initiative - Angie Fogleman US Geological Survey - Larry Allain McNeese State University Audubon Ducks Unlimited - Alicia Wiseman USDA Farm Service Agency - Randy Fontenot USDA Rural Development - Kevin Boone USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Johanna Pate, Stuart Gardner
Questions to ponder: 1. Draft a mission (You have already done that.) 2. Create a beginning vision of what the Farmer’s Market will look like. Now ………. Five Years down the roa 3. Define the geographic area of those you want to participate. 4. Explore what questions will partners, sponsors, vendors and customers ask? Ask a sampling from these four groups to determine the questions you need to address. 5. What policies need to be in place to guide decision making (those general overriding statements necessary to begin doing business) 6. What infrastructure is necessary to begin? Paving? Parking? Electricity? Bathroom Facilities? Crowd control –police? 7.What items will need to be on the start-up budget 8. What forms need to be created? (study the paperwork (information) flow of other markets) Who will manage information digitally? 9. Create a website, facebook page, and a total communication plan for the market. 10. From the test you conducted, what rules need to be in place? 11. Determine a realistic starting date 12. Open the market.