During this difficult and painful time, we at the New West Farmers Market want to reach out to the community.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the New West Farmers Market will be operating in a limited capacity to ensure safe access to local food sources in our community.
Now more than ever we are relying on local food supply for food security to work in tandem with larger grocery stores and serve the public need.
The Provincial Government has listed farmers’ markets as an essential service under their List of COVID-19 Essential Services.
We have full support and backing from the BC Centre for Disease Control, Fraser Health and the City of New Westminster to proceed with the Farmers Market, albeit in a much more regulated setting.
We are working closely with Fraser Health to ensure a safe market environment. Some of the guidelines include:
- Fencing to allow entrance from one side only
- Carefully managed entrance and exit to limit number of shoppers
- Limited to food and beverage vendors only
- No sampling, musicians, demonstrations or craft tables
- Hand washing stations will be provided
- Cashless transactions only
We want to keep people in our community safe while also providing them access to local food during this difficult time.
New West Farmers Market Board of Directors
Please consider this official notice of the New West Farmers Market 2019 AGM:
Sunday, February 9th, 1pm-2:30pm (doors at 12:30pm)
New Westminster Library – Plaskett Room (Upper Floor)
716 6th Ave
New Westminster, BC V3M 2B3
The New West Farmers Market Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 9th from 1pm to 2:30pm at the Plaskett Room at the New Westminster Library at 716 6th Avenue. Doors will open at 12:30; please arrive by 1pm to ensure a timely start.
The library is accessible, has elevators and an accessible washroom on the main floor. Parking is available on site and is conveniently located close to several public transit bus routes.
The meeting agenda will be primarily comprised of an update on this year’s activities, successes and challenges in 2019 and our financial performance in 2019.
If you need any directions to the AGM, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
What to expect at our AGM this year:
Reports on Our 2019 Year: You will hear reports from two people: Lily, our Market Manager on some of the highlights of the market this year, and Carly, our outgoing President, on some of the work we completed in 2019, and some of our plans currently underway.
Elect or Acclaim a Revised Board: Some of the most basic business of an AGM is to elect a new board. We do not take nominations from the floor, and haven’t for a few years. We are losing two of our directors this year due to some personal life events and hope to have a few new faces willing to step forward.The New West Farmers Market Board can accept up to seven elected board members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your intent and interest in joining as a board member. Nominations close on Sunday, February 2nd.
After the business portion there will be treats and socializing.
The excitement is growing. It’s going to be a good one. We hope you can join us on February 9th.
Sustainable Screening Benefitting the New West Farmers Market’s Low Cost Produce Stand
6:30pm – 9:00pm | Landmark Cinemas, New Westminster
Join the New West Farmers Market on April 18 for a screening event of the award winning documentary, Sustainable. Doors will open at 6:30pm with live music and an opportunity to bid on various silent auction items donated by community partners.
Sustainable is a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.
The narrative of the film focuses on Marty Travis, a seventh-generation farmer in central Illinois who watched his land and community fall victim to the pressures of big agribusiness. Determined to create a proud legacy for his son, Marty transforms his profitless wasteland and pioneers the sustainable food movement in Chicago.
Sustainable travels the country seeking leadership and wisdom from some of the most forward thinking farmers like Bill Niman, Klaas Martens and John Kempf – heroes who challenge the ethical decisions behind industrial agriculture. It is a story of hope and transformation, about passion for the land and a promise that it can be restored to once again sustain us.
The film will begin at 7pm and there will be a Q&A session after with partners of the Farmers Market where we will be able to speak more into how food sustainability affects us here in British Columbia.
Q & A Panelists:
Dr. Kent Mullinix
Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and Adjunct Faculty, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
Mullinix’s research focuses on ecologically sound crop production, agriculture education programming, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and family-based agriculture revitalization as a foundational and integral element of sustainable society. Additionally Mullinix conceived and led the development of the B.A.Sc. Sustainable Agriculture degree at KPU and is now closely involved in its implementation. He also led the conceptualization and implementation of the Richmond Farm School and Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School. Mullinix is an Adjunct Professor in The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and serves on the editorial board of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Journal.
Mullinix attended the University of Missouri where he earned a B.S. in Agriculture, M.S. in Horticulture and Ph.D. in Agriculture Education. He also earned a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Plant Science. He is a Professional Agrologist- British Columbia Institute of Agrologists. Before joining KPU, Mullinix held the Endowed Joint Chair in Pomology and was an Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Washington State University. Prior he was a fruit crops research specialist for the Universities of Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky.
Mullinix has lived and worked on a diversified family farm in central Missouri, owned and operated (with his family for 15 years) a pear orchard on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, and for 14 years provided direct oversight for the planning, establishment and management of a 45 acre organically farmed apple, sweet cherry and peach teaching and demonstration orchard in north central Washington.
Owner, Central Park Farms
In 2015, after falling for a farm boy, 31-year-old Kendall Ballantine traded her power suits for gum boots, and Central Park Farms was born. Located in beautiful south Langley, they have a goal of helping their community make ethical and sustainable food choices. Specializing in non-GMO fed pasture raised chicken, pasture raised pork, grass fed beef, and farm fresh eggs from pasture raised hens, it’s all about making sure the animals are raised in a positive environment.
Believing in transparency over certifications, they open the farm doors and let consumers see exactly where their food comes from, how it’s raised, and who the farmers are behind it all. Prior to becoming a farmer, Kendall focused her education on Business & Marketing through BCIT. This lead to her becoming a successful blogger, guest co-host on 99.3 The Fox radio station, and allowed her to work with top brands through their social media campaigns.
Executive Director, BC Association of Farmers’ Markets
Heather joined the BCAFM in 2016 and brings over 10 years of experience in non-profit, social enterprise and entrepreneurial leadership to her position as Executive Director. As a social entrepreneur and food lover, Heather believes deeply in farmers’ markets and small-scale farmers as a critical force in our regional food system and farmers’ markets as an important gateway for small business development in communities across BC. She has worked with a variety of business, non-profit and charitable organizations, and loves to bring strategic thinking and entrepreneurial resourcefulness to make creative ideas come to life. For 8 years, Heather served as executive director of Potluck Café Society, an award-winning social enterprise that creates jobs and provides healthy, fresh food for people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Heather continues to be active in social enterprise and social innovation development and has provided support to multiple social enterprises through the Vancity Community Foundation. Other recent projects include working with CityStudio as its executive producer, co-facilitating a next generation of change makers through SFU Change Lab and serving as tour manager and charity liaison for the Barney Bentall and Cariboo Express concert fundraising tour.
Heather holds an MBA, a BA in International Relations and Native Studies and a Bachelor of Environmental Design, all from the University of Manitoba. To deepen her knowledge of farming, Heather completed the KPU Tsawwassen Farm School program and is an emerging, organic farmer living on a horse farm in Ladner.
City Councillor, City of New Westminster
Mary Trentadue is a small business owner, mother, wife, and an experienced City Councillor who is passionate about her community. Mary Trentadue has spent 15 years as a small business owner. She has volunteered countless hours to various organizations and is passionate about the community of New Westminster. Mary lives with her husband and son in the Moody Park area.
Mary is not new to City Council as she was first elected to a city council position in North Vancouver in 2008. This experience uniquely positions her to address some of the central issues facing New Westminster. She is an advocate for childcare, housing and local business. Mary also helped develop guidelines for new coach house policies, and served on the Heritage Advisory Committee in North Vancouver.
Mary is a Saint Barnabas Daycare board member and has been instrumental in retaining their professional and caring team. As her son transitions from daycare to kindergarten Mary has also joined the Lord Kelvin Elementary School PAC Executive.
Mary is the owner of a small business called 32 Solutions that provides virtual assistance to a range of independent and corporate businesses. Mary also owned a much-loved independent bookstore called 32 Books in North Vancouver. Mary was proud to win the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Innovation Award and to be nominated by the Canadian Booksellers Association for best bookstore in Canada.
Mary has also been nominated for the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award for her entrepreneurial skills and her extensive volunteer work. Combining her experience with a cause she felt passionately about, Mary established a successful book club with survival sex workers in the Downtown Eastside that ran for six years. She also served on the Board of Directors for PACE for five years and was instrumental in their fundraising efforts.
Currently Mary serves on the following City Committees:
Chair, Arts Commission
Chair, Seniors Advisory Committee
Chair, Arts Strategy Task Force
Chair, Canada Day Celebration Committee
Member, Public Art Advisory Committee
Member, Public Engagement Task Force
Member, Massey Performing Arts Centre Task Force
Director, E-Comm Board
This event is to raise funds for the New West Farmers Market’s low cost produce stand which provides local produce to the community at a discounted cost, making wholesome produce accessible to those in need. We provide a selection of fresh-picked produce grown at a BC farm or community garden at very affordable prices alongside the typical food bank items. So far, the program has been very successful; many are thankful to have access to high-quality fruits and vegetables, and they appreciate their value. The act of choosing and purchasing produce has much more dignity than simply being handed a hamper.
“We’re very grateful for the partnership with the New West Farmers Market to offer and ultra-low cost produce market to our members. Together, we’re able to increase access to healthy, affordable, fresh produce for our members at the New West Food Hub as well as engagement opportunities around food.”
—Zsuzsi Fodor, Community Partnership Manager, Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Hey Kids, are you interested in showcasing some of your crafty talents? Then the New West Farmers Market’s Junior Vendor Market is for you! Kids 18 and under are welcome to participate by bringing crafts to show and sell. This August 24th, the NWFM will be hosting its 2017 edition of the Junior Vendors Market, generously sponsored by the Arts Council Of New West! Make the best of your last weeks of the summer and come display your talents, and possibly make some money!
A half table will be provided to every vendor and the vending area will be set under tents. Each junior vendor is asked to provide a reduced market stall fee of 5$ for reserving and renting their space.
Deadline for applying: August 21st, 2017
Junior vendors are also asked to bring:
- a chair
- a cash float for your sales
Take note that no food is allowed to be sold, only fun crafts!
To make things interesting, you could outfit your table with decorations and your name, or the name of your junior business to draw attention to your products!
We ask that all junior vendors be ready for a 2:30 set up time. The tents and tables will already be in place for you to set up your items. Your table should be ready to receive and serve customers by 3pm!
The market closes at 7PM so be mindful not to pack up your table items before the end of the market.
Parents, please note our kids’ area will not be supervised by market staff and the kids’ market is not a child minding service. Arrangements for them to be suitably supervised as they process transactions and interact with customers should be considered and made. We also ask for permission to take and use photos to be used in our future marketing materials, and will ask you to sign a document giving us that permission
Here’s how to apply:
Please send an email with the subject line “NWFM Junior Vendors Market 2017” at
In your email you should include:
- Junior Vendor’s name and parent contact information
- Your list of crafty items you wish to sell
We look forward to having you with us on Thursday August 24th from 3PM to 7PM at the New West Farmers Market in Tipperary Park for our 2017 edition of the Junior Vendors Market!