Category: Boards, Mission, and Governance

By-laws of the Loudoun Valley Homgrown Markets Association

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

An example of by-laws from the nonprofit Loudoun Valley Homegrown Markets Association.

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

By-laws of Rural Mountain Producers Exchange (Fayetteville Farmers Market)

Boards, Mission, and Governance

An example of by-laws for a market initiated and governed by producers.

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

Urbana’s Market at the Square Strategic Plan

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Evaluation | Management and Operations

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.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource Feasibility StudyStrategic Plan

Farmers Market Tax Status Handout

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

This chart, developed by the Farmers Market Coalition, shows the differences in various tax exempt designations and example qualifying market activities for each.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Organizational Details: Governance

Boards, Mission, and Governance

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.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource Topical guides

When Things Don’t Work: Some Insights into Why Farmers Markets Close

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Evaluation | Management and Operations

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.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

A Learning Approach to Strengthening Farmers Markets

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Evaluation | Management and Operations

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.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Understanding the Link Between Farmers’ Market Size and Management Organization

Boards, Mission, and Governance | Evaluation | Management and Operations

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.

Published October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Obtaining Nonprofit Status for your Farmers Market

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

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 October 28, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource

Farmers Market Guide to Nonprofit Incorporation

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

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.

Published October 25, 2013 Publisher Website Download Resource By-laws