CFMA’s Annual Conference/ Conferencia Anual Colorado Farmers Market Association

Date & Time: Friday, March 3rd (11am – 5pm), Saturday, March 4th (9am – 5pm) and Sunday, March 5th (9am – 2pm)

Location: The People’s Building (9995 East Colfax Avenue Aurora, CO 80010) and Noir Farm (53290 East 26th Avenue, Strasburg, CO 80136)


CFMA’s conference is always a wonderful time to gather and learn with market managers from around Colorado, and this one will be particularly special. The conference is co-hosted at two locations this year, at Noir Farm in Strasburg (Friday) and at the People’s Building, in the heart of Aurora’s diverse, multicultural downtown, on Saturday and Sunday.

We want to offer more time for everyone to connect and network – this is our once-a-year opportunity to build our statewide farmers market community in person! So we’ve extended the conference just a little, starting with lunch on Friday and going through mid-day Sunday.

This year the CFMA Conference will be a hybrid event which means we will have in-person and online attendance available. We hope that you’ll join us in-person – it’s so good to gather and see everyone! But we will also be hosting the conference online via Zoom so that more people are able to attend! With the tech support and equipment that is available to us at the People’s Building, the quality of the virtual conference experience should be really excellent!

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at two locations. The Aurora location is a few minutes from the People’s Building and the Bennett location is 10-15 minutes from Noir Farm. Please see the information below.

We want the conference to be available to everyone. Limited scholarships are available if cost would be a barrier to attending. Please fill out this form to apply for a scholarship.

Hotel Information:

Hyatt House Denver / Aurora (Last Day to reserve hotel block on Friday 2/24!)

12230 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80011

+1 303 364 1468

Comfort Inn & Suites Bennett

1097 Cedar Street, Bennett, CO, 80102, US

+1 720 844 3193


Friday, March 3rd  Noir Farm, 53290 E 26th Ave, Strasburg, CO 80136

11am – 11:30am Registration

11:30am – 12:20pm
Farm to Table Lunch catered by Khary’s Catering
–  Colorado Cowboy Caviar (quinoa and bean salad), pork chops, mushrooms (vegetarian option) broccoli, dinner rolls or cornbread

12:20pm Opening Ceremony with Michael Alcazar

12:30pm – 12:40pm Intro to Language Justice – Alonzo Barrón Ortiz and Interpretation team

12:40pm – 1:30pm Legislative update: Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and Nourish Colorado

1:30pm – 2:15pm East Denver Food Sovereignty Initiative/ Noir Farm presentation
Shabasa Sayers, Noir Farm & Sid Faber, Center for Community Wealth Building

2:15pm – 3:30pm Tours of Noir Farm
3:30pm – 4:40pm Engaging diverse communities at your farmers market
Anjanet Sayers & Shabasa Sayers, Noir Farm & Andrea Loudd, Regional Community Navigator
4:40pm – 5:30pm Preparing for National Farmers Market Week
5:30pm – 8pm Dinner at Noir Farm, catered by Khary’s Catering
–  Greens, brisket or ribs + vegetarian options, confetti potatoes, dinner rolls or cornbread, cobbler

Saturday, March 4th  The People’s Building – 9995 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010

8am Breakfast and registration, pick up SNAP/Market Bucks and Double Up Food Bucks
8:50am – 9am Intro to Language Justice (Alonzo and team)
9am – 10:30am CFMA Business Meeting and Board Elections
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 12:15pm Keynote panel: Farmers Markets and community resilience
–  James Grevious, Rebel Marketplace, Aurora
–  Alicia Michelsen, Arbol Farm Market, Paonia
–  Anjanet Sayers, Noir Farm, Strasburg and Noir Co-op Market, Denver
–  Facilitated by Patti Iwasaki, KI Points
12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch, catered by El Alba Food Cooperative
12:45pm – 1:00pm
–  Recognition of outgoing board members
–  Drawing: free year subscription to Marketwurks market management software
–  CFMA “State Day” coming up in April
1:00pm – 1:15pm BREAK and move to Breakout Sessions
1:15pm – 2:45pm
Session 1 (upstairs) Double Up Food Bucks: Overview and updates
–  Lonni Byrd and Caitlin Stuart, Nourish Colorado
Session 2 (downstairs) Effective and engaging vendor booth displays
–  Priscilla Koch, The Urban Farmhouse Co.
2:45pm – 3pm Break
3pm – 5pm Tours of farms/food systems work in NW Aurora
3:15pm – 3:45pm La Victoria Healing Kitchen
4pm – 5pm Montview Community Garden (Denver Urban Gardens) + garden work help
5:15pm – 5:45pm Village Farms at Stanley Marketplace
6pm – 8pm Gather for dinner at Mango House, pay on your own, choose from seven different refugee-owned restaurants. Mango House, 10180 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO (2 blocks east of the People’s Building)

Sunday, March 5th  The People’s Building – 9995 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010
8am Breakfast
9am – 10:30am Regional Networks: opportunities and possibilities.
–  Regional Networks Project Overview
–  Breakout into Regional Groups or shared affinity groups: discuss shared interests and priorities, leadership possibilities, needs and interests going forward in the coming year
–  Share out from groups
10:30am – 10:45am BREAK
10:45am – 12:15pm
–  Mental Health community training – Basic Mental Health and De-escalation Training: Erin Ralston, Aurora Mental Health
* We will review the importance of mental health and caring for mental health, basic presentations of mental health symptoms, tips and tricks for interacting with and de-escalating those with mental health issues, and how we can be proactive within each market community to connect those in need with services.
12:15pm – 12:30pm BREAK
12:15pm – 1pm Lunch catered by El Alba Food Cooperative
1pm – 2pm Reflections on learning from the conference, new perspectives? What will you take with you moving forward? What else can CFMA offer to help facilitate that movement?
Closing Circle

Note: *Agenda subject to change if needed


Fecha y hora: Vie, Mar 3, 2023, 11:00 AM – Dom, Mar 5, 2023, 2:00 PM MST

Ubicación: The People’s Building, NW Aurora and/Y Noir Farm in/en Strasburg 9995 East Colfax Avenue Aurora, CO 80010


– 2 días 3 horas- Boleto electrónico móvil

La conferencia de CFMA siempre es un momento maravilloso para reunirse y aprender con los administradore/as de mercado de todo Colorado, y esta será particularmente especial. Este año, la conferencia se celebra en dos lugares: en Noir Farm, en Strasburg (viernes), y en People’s Building, en el corazón del centro multicultural y diverso de Aurora, el sábado y el domingo.Queremos ofrecer más tiempo para que la gente se conecte y trabaje en colaboración – ¡esta es la oportunidad que tenemos una vez al año de construir nuestra comunidad estatal de mercados agrícolas en persona! Así que hemos ampliado un poco la conferencia, comenzando con el almuerzo del viernes hasta el mediodía del domingo.

Este año la Conferencia CFMA será un evento híbrido, lo que significa que tendremos disponible la asistencia en persona y en línea. Esperamos que te unas a nosotros en persona – ¡es tan bueno reunirse y ver a todas las personas! Pero también celebraremos la conferencia en línea a través de Zoom para que más personas puedan asistir. Con el apoyo tecnológico y el equipo de que disponemos en el People’s Building, la calidad de la experiencia de la conferencia virtual será realmente excelente.

Hemos reservado un grupo de habitaciones de hotel en dos ubicaciones. El del centro está a unos minutos del centro de conferencias y el de Bennett está a 10-15 minutos de Noir Farm. Consulte la información que aparece a continuación.

Queremos que la conferencia esté al alcance de todas las personas. Hay becas limitadas disponibles si el coste es un obstáculo para asistir. Por favor, complete este formulario para solicitar una beca.

Información sobre hoteles:

Hyatt House Denver / Aurora

12230 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80011

+1 303 364 1468

Comfort Inn & Suites Bennett

1097 Cedar Street, Bennett, CO, 80102, US

+1 720 844 3193

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to our sponsors who helped make this conference possible!


Past conferences:

2022: Rio Grande Farm Park, Alamosa

2021: Online statewide gathering

2020: Salida

2019: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton

CFMA 2021 Conference Schedule

Past Conference Resources