Farmers’ Market Mentoring Program

The Farmers’ Market Mentoring Program has wrapped up for this season. Please check back in the fall of 2019 for updates and opportunities.

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 to match appropriate experience (considering specifics such as regional context, market size, and governance structure) as much as possible. 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
  • 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

Apply to Be a Mentor!

We welcome all applications from experienced market managers or executive directors.

Want to be Mentored?

Are you new to your position as market manger? 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 2019 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
  • 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

Questions? Email info@bcfarmersmarket.org

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