Fresh from North Dakota: 2024 Local Foods Conference logo“Fresh from North Dakota” is the theme of the 20th annual North Dakota Farmers Market & Growers Association (NDFMGA) & Local Foods Conference, Thursday - Saturday, March 21-23, at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck, N.D.

The conference will kick off Thursday evening with a Fresh from ND social at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The social will be catered by a local producer and feature recipes from NDDA’s Fresh from North Dakota campaign.  The conference Keynote Speaker, Christy Rost, a nationally known chef, and TV personality will be on hand for a cooking demo for attendees. She will deliver her keynote on Saturday morning, the final day of the conference. 

Several break-out sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Some of the topics include: running a successful farm with high tunnels, regional food business centers, farm to school, food safety, soil health, feeding your community and much more.

The event is open to the public. The Fresh from ND Social Thursday evening is $25 per person. Friday and Saturday Registration is $75 per person with walk-ins $25 more. Small meals and snacks are included with all registration fees. To register, visit



NDDA will also be hosting Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Training March 22, 2024. Producer growers that attend will learn about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. Upon competition of the course, growers will receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).  


For more information about the training visit:

Katrina Hanenberg 
Local Foods Marketing Specialist