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Example of a hold harmless clause for vendors to indemnify the farmers market and its governing body. By signing the agreement, a vendor “waives any claim against the Town of Galway and the Town of Galway Farmers Market Committee for any liability, damages, or expenses arising out of any claim for injury or damage to any person(s) or property or of any kind whatsoever, together with all costs in connection with the defense, including attorney’s fees.”
This web page includes a thorough description of the volunteer sign-up process for the Memphis Farmers Market and downloadable word document that outlines each of the shifts and responsibilities for each.
This full-time job description from a Minneapolis Farmers Market provides an overview, hiring range, hours, dutues, and preferred qualifications.
This job description from the Boulder County Farmers Market includes the organizational mission, job overview, duties, and skills/qualifications required.
This two page marketshare offers insight on how to successfully make use of volunteers through recruitment, management, and appreciation.
The eight page Farmers’ Market Federation of New York’s volunteer management guide gives you advice on how to find and manage volunteers, an essential resource which many farmers markets depend upon for their staffing needs. See also FMFNY’s sample Volunteer Interest Form.
This tip sheet lists the most critical skills and qualities a market manager should have to guide the success of your farmers market and the top twelve responsibilities that most managers have in common.
Short overview of paid market manager positions across the US, written by Darlene Wolnik (as a subcontractor for Farmers Market Coalition) to assist the Maine Farmers Markets project in Healthy Lakes, Maine in 2012. This report can be used to bolster arguments that volunteer managers should be moved to a paid position. Report done for The Opportunity Alliance in Healthy Lakes, Maine by researcher Darlene Wolnik
In this webinar, farmer and community and economic development specialist Anthony Flaccavento of Rural SCALE, Inc. shares his 2011 study, Is Local Food Affordable for Ordinary Folks?: A Comparison of Farmers Markets and Supermarkets in Nineteen Communities in the Southeast, and offers advice on how this data can be part of efforts to reinforce markets’ commitment to equity and affordability.
The webinar was moderated by Nicky Uy, whose experience managing farmers markets for The Food Trust in Philadelphia has lent insight into the issue of affordability at farmers markets, and reinforced the need to communicate the true value of farmers markets using concise messaging that appeals to consumers of all ages, lifestyles, and income levels.