As most farmers markets end in the late fall, many people assume that this is the start of the “off-season” where there is little to do but relax. Well, that isn’t quite the case. For farmers and market managers alike, the end of market season means that preparations begin for the next growing season are underway. There’s a flurry of activity once the season is over, from conferences to trainings. In the Chesapeake Foodshed farmers, food systems advocates, gurus to the uninitiated all gather at a range places from Future Harvest CASA, Rooting DC, Young Farmer Coalition Conference, to the Virginia Biological Farming Conference. In other regions folks gather at convening such as the Black Urban Farmers and Growers Conference (BUGs), Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), and Growing Power’s Urban and Small Farmers Conference.