Resource Library

Welcome to the Farmers Market Coalition Resource Library, an ever-growing database of resources for farmers, market managers and researchers. These resources were developed by a wide spectrum of organizations, agencies, and academic institutions, and we are grateful for the spirit of sharing which allows us to bring a variety of tools to your table in one searchable portal. We hope you find them useful and consider submitting resources of your own for the benefit of the farmers market community.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: The COVID-19 Pandemic


From the latest headlines about the global coronavirus crisis to practical advice on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones at home We make sure that all the medical professionals on the front-line share advice to help inspire and enable self-care during the pandemic.

Published August 26, 2020 Publisher Website Link to Resource Newsletter, Article/Story

Communities of Practice Resource Kit

Communities of Practice

This resource kit is intended to provide potential and current community leaders with information about CoPs and tools for community development. The resource kit defines the CoP approach and provides templates and guides that can be used to develop a new community or enhance an existing community.

The CoP Resource Kit contains the following sections:

  • Introduction to Communities of Practice — Learn about the theory behind CoPs, the CoP approach, benefits of joining a CoP, roles and responsibilities within a CoP, and success stories from current communities.
  • Launch a Community of Practice — Learn how to plan and launch a CoP.
  • Sustain a Community of Practice – Learn how to encourage ongoing participation and sustain a CoP over time.
  • Evolve a Community of Practice – Learn how to manage your CoP over time to ensure you are continuing to meet your objectives and your member’s needs.
  • Evaluate a Community of Practice — Recognize the importance of evaluation and how to successfully conduct an evaluation of your CoP.
  • Glossary — Discover explanations of terms related to CoPs.
  • References — Review the sources used to develop this Resource Kit and a selection of other books, web sites, and information related to CoPs.
  • Resources — Explore resources, such as templates, guides, and examples of documents commonly used by new and existing CoPs. Each template is downloadable and allows you to modify as necessary.


By: CDC Published August 06, 2020 Publisher Website Link to Resource Topical guides

Creating Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice



  • A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals.
  • Communities of practice often focus on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance a domain of professional practice. Interaction on an ongoing basis is an important part of this.
  • Many communities of practice rely on face-to-face meetings as well as web-based collaborative environments to communicate, connect and conduct community activities.



By: Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC) Published August 06, 2020 Publisher Website Link to Resource Topical guides