Farmers’ Market Mentorship Program

The BC Association of Farmers’ Market developed the Mentorship Program to offer BC farmers’ market managers and staff one-on-one guidance, resources and networks to overcome challenges, and achieve business goals and success at their farmers’ markets.

2019-2020 Mentorship Program

Applications for the 2019-20 Farmers’ Market Mentoring Program closed November 1st, 2019.

Seeking Mentors

We are seeking experienced farmers’ market managers or executive directors who are eager and prepared to share their experience and develop a supportive relationship with a mentee seeking guidance in the same field of work. Mentors and mentees will be paired up, where possible, to match appropriate experience (considering specifics such as regional context, market size and governance structure). BCAFM will strive to provide each applicant with a mentee, however, we cannot guarantee a match for all applicants at this time.

Compensation:
Mentors who meet program requirements will be provided with an honorarium up to a maximum of $450 honorarium (for each mentoring relationship.)

Commitment, Expectations & Timeline:
Mentors will be asked to…

  • Provide approximately 15-20 hours of mentoring from December 2019 – April 2020
  • Meet with their mentee at least once every 2 weeks (by phone, online or in-person)
  • Set goals and a schedule for regular check-ins with mentees
  • Participate in at least 2 check-in calls with BCAFM staff during the program
  • Complete the program evaluation, outlining lessons learned and a list of favourite resources
  • We welcome all applications from experienced market managers or executive directors.

Want to be Mentored?

Are you new to your position as market manager? Or looking for guidance on farmers’ market specific challenges such as vendor recruitment and mix, creating farmers’ market policies, or working with a non-profit board?

This program will match you up with an experienced market manager to help you identify strategies and resources to work towards achieving your farmers’ market goals.

Mentees will receive approximately 15 – 20 hours of mentoring and will be paired with a farmers’ market manager mentor through the winter and spring. Mentorships will take place via phone, email, online meetings and where possible in-person meetings. BCAFM will strive to provide each applicant with a mentor, however, we cannot guarantee a match for all applicants at this time.

Applicants must:

  • be residents of British Columbia
  • be currently active or returning to a farmers’ market management/coordination role for the 2020 farmers’ market season (including volunteer, employee and contract positions)

Commitment, Expectations & Timeline:
Participants in the mentoring program will be required to:

  • Commit to participating in approximately 15-20 hours of mentoring from December 2019 – April 2020
  • Meet with mentors at least once every 2 weeks (by phone, online or in-person)
  • Work with mentors to set goals and schedule regular check-ins
  • Participate in at least 2 check-in calls with BCAFM staff during the program
  • Complete the program evaluation outlining lessons learned and a list of favourite resources

“The mentorship program is the essence of how I feel market managers and others involved with farmers markets can and often do learn and grow. The market movement in BC is blessed with a group of people scattered around the province who are very open and sharing about their experiences with farmers’ markets.” – Mentor

 

“I think it was a very good experience. I was lucky with my mentor as he knows most of the players, the geography, the hurdles and pit falls, as well as he could see the potential of our market. It was a well balanced mentoring and he kept me on track as we progressed.” – Mentee

2018-2019 Mentorship Program

Results & Evaluation highlights

  • Comprised of 9 mentors and 14 mentees
  • 9/10 is the average rating of mentee and mentor experience
  • 100% of mentees agreed that they made headway on challenges they had before starting the program

 

Read the program evaluation

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