PRCC hosts MSU Extension Office for farmer’s market focused training

February 17, 2023

Small business owners and market coordinators from around south Mississippi gathered on the Poplarville Campus of Pearl River Community College to learn more about farmer’s markets. “Marketing at the Marketplace” presentations were conducted by the Mississippi State University Extension Office and included representatives from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC).  

Presenters for the Marketing at the Marketplace training included (from left to right): Dr. Eddie Smith (MSU Extension), Lauren Colby Nickels (MSU Extension), Lane Milton (Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce; Genuine MS Brand Manager), Purvie Green (Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce; Genuine MS), Rachael Carter (MSU Extension), and Brenda Wells (PRCC.)

Talks included a dive into Genuine Mississippi, MDAC programs, EBT sales at markets, marketing resources, visual merchandising at the market, and using mobile payment technology to improve sales. Attendees were also able to network with other businesses and market coordinators.  

Regina Hansen of Sapphire 8 Photography and Events holds prize donated by Leilani Rosenbaum of Shroomdom, Inc., a Genuine MS Grown member.  
From left to right: Lane Milton, Leilani Rosenbaum, Regina Hansen, and Purvie Green.

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Article and photography by Laura O’Neill.

Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.