2021 Market Manager Mentorship Program

The BC Association of Farmers’ Market developed the Market Manager 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.

become a mentor

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).

Spaces are limited. BCAFM will strive to pair all applicants, 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 $300 honorarium (for each mentoring relationship.)

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

  • Participate in approximately 15-20 hours of mentoring from January – May 2021
  • Meet with their mentee at least once every 2 weeks by phone or online. Please note the option of in-person mentoring will depend on current COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
  • Work with their mentee to set goals and schedule regular check-ins
  • Participate in at least 1 check-in with BCAFM staff during the program
  • Complete the program evaluation outlining lessons learned and a list of favourite resources

APPLY TO BE A MENTOR NOW!

Want to be Mentored?

Are you new to your position as market manager? Looking for guidance on topics specific to farmers’ market specific, such as farmers’ market policies or working with a non-profit board? This program will pair you with an experienced market manager or executive director to help you identify strategies and resources to work towards achieving your farmers’ market goals.

Spaces are limited. BCAFM will strive to pair all mentees 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 2021 farmers’ market season (including volunteer, employee and contract positions)

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

  • Participate in approximately 15-20 hours of mentoring from January – May 2021
  • Meet with their mentor at least once every 2 weeks by phone or online. Please note the option of in-person mentoring will depend on current COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
  • Work with their mentor to set goals and schedule regular check-ins
  • Participate in at least 1 check-in with BCAFM staff during the program
  • Complete the program evaluation outlining lessons learned and a list of favourite resources

APPLY TO BE A MENTEE NOW!

“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

In our 2020 program…

 10 mentees and 6 mentors

Average rating of 8.5/10 for mentee and mentor experience

Thank You for generous support from our program partner

 

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