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Category: Boards, Mission, and Governance
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/
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
A by-laws template from the University of Florida Extension for an incorporated farmers market.
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.