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MDAC to Host Farmers Market Manager Workshop Friday, March 31


JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce will host a workshop for farmers market managers, staff, volunteers and board members on Friday, March 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside the Sparkman Building at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, located at 1150 Lakeland Drive in Jackson.

“In recent years, we’ve seen a reinvigoration for locally sourced produce by consumers in our state and nation,” said Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson. “Our farmers markets across the state have stepped up to provide a marketplace for both farmers and consumers, boosting local economies. I encourage anyone who is interested, and particularly any market managers and personnel, to take part in our upcoming workshop to learn how to grow and improve their local farmers markets.”

The purpose of this workshop is to provide farmers market leaders support with creating productive and effective marketing opportunities for small farmers and value-added food producers. Market specialists will be discussing the efficiency and sustainability of farmers markets around the South. Participants will hear information on farmers market metrics using the collection and utilization of data to improve their operations, in addition to learning how to improve community engagements for their farmers markets. Experts will be reviewing cottage foods and sales tax, as well as an overview of programs offered by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce.

The registration fee to attend is $15, which includes lunch. The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 29, 2023. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to obtain a registration form, visit the ‘Alerts and Announcements’ section at, contact 601-359-1168 or email Purvie Green at is a news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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