Category: Boards, Mission, and Governance

Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Insurance, Liability, and Licensing | Market Start-up and Development | Promotion, Outreach, and Special Events | Rules and Vendor Applications | SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs | Vendor Fees and Market Finances

The Washington State Farmers Market Management Toolkit provides timely information, tips, and templates to help market managers navigate the increasing demands they face. We hope to cut your learning curve, share best practices, and adapt the excellent existing resources to your market.
Each chapter includes downloadable tools in Word or Excel that you can tailor to your market needs. The Toolkit is designed to be added to and updated in real time. Please send us your recommendations and suggested improvements. The Toolkit is available both online and as a binder from the WSFMA thanks to support from the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program.

This Toolkit is dedicated to Washington State’s indefatigable farmers market staff, boards, volunteers, sponsors, and farmers and other vendors who are working hard to support local farms, grow good food for families, and make our communities brighter.

View the Toolkit Here: http://www.wafarmersmarkettoolkit.org/

Published November 28, 2016 Publisher Website Topical guides

Purpose Defined: Developing a Market Mission Statement

Boards, Mission, and Governance

This FMC webinar discusses reasons why a market needs to define its purpose, including helping to attract partners, vendors, and assist board with management. This webinar gives organizations a head start on creating a mission statement, offering a variety of examples from around the country of markets started with different goals in mind.

  • Presenter: Darlene Wolnik, Independent Researcher and Trainer at Helping Public Markets Grow and and FMC Market Programs Advisor
  • Moderator: Jen O’Brien, Executive Director, Farmers Market Coalition

Published November 11, 2013 Publisher Website Mission StatementPresentation

Best Board Practices and Meetings that Matter

Boards, Mission, and Governance

This webinar, presented by Roseanne Stead of the Tides Center, provides an excellent overview of governing board best practices, and how to ensure that board and committee meetings are effective and efficient.

Published November 11, 2013 Publisher Website Presentation

Sample By-Laws, Policies, and Vendor Applications

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Management and Operations | Rules and Vendor Applications | State Association Development

A collection of sample documents from British Columbia Association of Farmers Markets (BCAFM) member markets; helpful examples of farmers market policies, regulations, vendor handbooks and vendor applications forms.

Published November 10, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource By-lawsFormMarket Policy

Directors & Officers Insurance for Farmers Markets: What & Why

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Insurance, Liability, and Licensing

This two-pager gives an overview of Directors and Officers Insurance and its relevance for nonprofit farmers market organizations, providing examples of potential conflict scenarios and related legal costs that may be covered under a D&O policy.

Published November 01, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource Topical guides

Friends of the Market Toolkit

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Funding and Grants

An introduction to Friends of the Market developed by the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York, discussing the purpose of Friends of the Market Organizations, what they can do for your markets (especially those operated by municipalities) and for the community.

Published October 30, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource Topical guides

Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance Mission Statement

Boards, Mission, and Governance

The NFM’s mission is “to support and strengthen Washington’s small farms and farming families  by creating and operating vibrant, successful neighborhood farmers markets. We provide direct sales opportunities for 100 of our region’s small farms, provide healthy produce to city residents, and educate consumers about local agriculture.”

Published October 29, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource Mission Statement

Organizational Details: 4M Strategy

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Management and Operations

Market Umbrella outlines their strategy of the “Four Ms” that helps structure their work, organize their resources, focus on their mission, and measure their results. They can be used to help order an idea and keep your organization on track.

Published October 29, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Farmers Market By-laws Template

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Market Start-up and Development

A by-laws template from the University of Florida Extension for an incorporated farmers market.

Published October 29, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource By-laws

Organizational Details: Mission Statement

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Market Start-up and Development

This two-page marketshare describes the purpose and importance of a mission statement for a farmers market, offering tips for writing one and listing sample mission statements.

Published October 29, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource Mission Statement