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Category: Boards, Mission, and Governance
An example of by-laws from the nonprofit Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Association.
An example of by-laws for a market initiated and governed by producers.
This strategic plan, and stakeholder input profiles, were published in 2011 after the City of Urbana facilitated a first-ever strategic planning process to assist in planning the Market’s growth and future.
This chart, developed by the Farmers Market Coalition, shows the differences in various tax exempt designations and example qualifying market activities for each.
Market Umbrella describes the primary responsibilities of market governance as balancing supply and demand by making sure the needs of vendors, shoppers, and the community are given equal consideration.
This study looks at 53 farmers markets in Oregon and describes the dynamics of farmers’ market start-ups, closures, and manager turnover focusing on administrative revenue and labor. It examines the data of farmers’ markets that have closed and offers recommendations to enhance market success.
Oregon State University Extension Service discusses their methods for gathering information about farmers markets to improve markets and provide managers and board members with the opportunity to critically examine each others’ markets to share information and insight.
A summary of key findings discuss best practices for markets based on four different sizes, micro, small, medium, and large. The paper also advises managers how to effectively transition a market into a larger size category.
This four page document from the Minnesota Farmers Market Association (MFMA) provides an overview of all the steps required to achieving nonprofit status. Note: Agency contact information is specific to Minnesota.
Published by the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York, this guide is designed to provide an overview for farmers markets which may be considering becoming a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 entity, providing step by step guide for market managers and boards that are contemplating non-profit tax exempt status.