2021 Call for Board Nominations
Posted On: December 3, 2020
The Farmers Market Coalition is currently soliciting nominees who are interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors during the 2021 annual election. FMC’s volunteer Board of Directors consists of individuals with demonstrated leadership experience in the field of farmers markets or sustainable food systems, and who support the FMC mission of strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.
This year, FMC, like most organizations worldwide was forced to contend with a global pandemic that significantly impacted our operations. Despite this massive change, FMC was still able to make outstanding progress in the implementation of our strategic plan and to provide outstanding service to our members and the farmers market field. The Board is seeking candidates who are willing to contribute their skills to the ongoing advancement of the organization.
These following criteria and skill sets are needed to help round out the representation and work on the board:
- Regional representation from the Northwest and Southwest.
- Corporate and foundation relationship development
- Legal expertise
- Organizational development
The FMC Board of Directors is a volunteer board with three-year terms. Directors are expected to commit at least 50 hours per year to the needs of FMC and make direct financial contributions to the organization. The Board generally meets via videoconference 6-8 times per year with the full board, including at least one face-to-face meeting. Board members are also expected to serve on committees as needed and experienced board members should consider serving as an officer of the board. Board members develop FMC’s policies, provide oversight, approve FMC’s budget, raise funds, and are actively involved in strategic planning. Board members commit themselves to further the mission of the Farmers Market Coalition which is: “to strengthen farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.”
The Recommendation and Nomination Procedure
If you support the work of FMC and are willing to volunteer as a candidate in the upcoming election, please complete the nominee questionnaire below. Preview the questions here.
Board Members must be current members of the Farmers Market Coalition. To learn more about FMC membership and to join, visit the membership page. The recommendation period will close at midnight on December 31, at which point the Nominations Committee will review the list of self-nominations and compose a slate of candidates based on the organization’s needs and interest in promoting geographic and representational diversity. A final slate of nominees will then be presented back to the membership in advance of the online annual membership meeting to be held in January 2021. Stay tuned for more meeting information. See current FMC board member bios here.
We urge you to devote some time in the next few days to think about this exciting volunteer leadership opportunity to make a difference to farmers markets nationwide.
Download our 5 Year Strategic Plan.