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.
Do you love the Farmers’ Market? Do you love the New West community? We’d LOVE to meet you!
We are hiring for a part time Market Assistant. For more information please see this job posting here:
New West Farmers Market Society is seeking a passionate, food-loving, community-oriented person to join our team as Market Manager. Is that you?
New West Farmers Market Society operates a mid-sized, year-round farmers market based in New Westminster, BC. The summer market takes place in Tipperary Park from 3-7 on Thursdays from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. The winter market currently takes place outdoors on the first and third Saturday of the month on Belmont Street in uptown New West from November to April. The organization will host its tenth summer season in 2018. We seek a qualified individual to join our team in a leadership capacity as our Market Manager. The ideal candidate loves food, people, and community and is detail and task-oriented, and capable of self-starting.
Amount and Type of Work:
This is primarily a work-from-home position, however the Market Manager is expected to attend all markets for their duration and occasionally attend community events and/or market-related meetings in the community. Some lifting and physical work is required. The position is somewhat varied in hours due to seasonality, but is roughly 30 hours a week in the summer, and an average of 10-15 hours a week in the winter.
Compensation and Support:
This position is paid hourly and is based on a contract that includes the winter and summer market season, renewed annually. New West Farmers Market (NWFM) Society is a living wage employer and is committed to an inclusive and supportive working culture. The Market Manager is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors (elected annually) with a designated Board liaison and is supported by a market-day assistant and long-term contractors who manage the accounting and social media.
The successful candidate is expected to supply an internet-connected computer to work from, however the society will provide a cellular phone, which is to be answered during set times (to be agreed upon). NWFM can supply a printer if required. A car or driver’s license is not required for this job, however having a reliable means of transportation to get to and from the market site as well as occasionally transporting larger supplies is.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Market Logistics: The Market Manager is responsible for the planning and implementation of all aspects of market days, including but not limited to: allocating spaces to vendors, determining market mix, booking musicians and other entertainment, seeking and booking community groups, managing volunteers, and collecting stall fees from vendors.The Market Manager is required to work with the bookkeeper and social media contractor to ensure the market’s accounting and promotions are streamlined and accurate. Understanding of the use of accounting software such as QuickBooks is a valuable asset.
Vendor Management: The Market Manager is responsible for active recruitment and management of vendors to offer a unique and diverse market blend. This may mean attending other markets or conducting farm visits on occasion. It may mean managing feedback from vendors as well as ensuring the Vendor Guidelines are met. NWFM uses a cloud-based database system developed for the back-end management of the vendors; training will be provided on its use.
Community Partnerships and Collaboration: NWFM collaborates a great deal in the community for events or programs with a variety of partners, including local government, community groups, and individuals. The Market Manager is responsible for managing existing partnerships as well as seeking out and bringing new opportunities to the Board for consideration. Often, Board members assists with these collaborations. A comprehensive understanding of the NWFM Strategic Plan and Bylaws and Constitution is required.
Securing Funding: As a non profit, NWFM relies on occasional grants or sponsorships to support programs and initiatives. The Market Manager, working with the Board, may be responsible for seeking out and securing grants and sponsorships. Additionally, the Market Manager may be responsible for planning an annual fundraiser with support from a Board sub-committee.
Volunteers: Along with Board members, the Market Manager is responsible for the recruitment, retention, and management of volunteers. New West Farmers Market Society is known for helpful and friendly volunteers who staff the information booth and support vendors as well as attend community events. Experience working with volunteers is considered an asset.
Supervision of Market-Day Assistant: The Market Manager is responsible for assigning duties and tasks to the Market Day assistant, and in providing feedback to the board for performance evaluations.
Communication with the Board of Directors: As the Board is comprised of volunteers, communication with the Board is mostly done online. Regular updates are required. The Board may provide direction or ask questions of the Manager through these online means. Additionally, there is a monthly meeting the Market Manager is required to submit a report for.
Other Work as Assigned: Depending upon areas of focus for NWFM, other duties may come up from time to time that fit into the hours available.
How to Apply:
Send your resume along with a cover letter to email@example.com before 5pm September 15th, 2017. Applications received after this time will not be considered.
Preference will be given to candidates who: live in New Westminster, have an understanding and/or interest in food and food security issues, regularly shop at our or other farmers markets in the region, have experience with event planning, and consider themselves “people persons”.
The successful candidate will start very quickly after the closing date, as this is a crucial time of learning while the Winter Market is planned and prepared for, however full onboarding is likely to occur mid-late October.
We apologize to those applicants who apply but are not contacted – only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews. Interviews will be conducted in the evening.