A Note From GFMA's Executive Director, Sagdrina Jalal: New Fellowship Program!

 
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Happy July! This past month, GFMA has been busy working on several projects, including Fresh Stop Market, Nourish, and our new fellowship! The Farmers Market Leaders Fellowship will launch this fall in partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia. This program aims to teach market managers valuable skills and knowledge that will help improve the long term sustainability of their markets, as well as provide various strategies to bolster community engagement.

As farmers markets continue to grow throughout Georgia, we strive to improve the experience of everyone in making the farmers market possible – the vendors, the consumers, and the leadership involved with putting the market together. We decided by targeting management of the market, the overall quality and essence of farmers markets could drastically improve.

The program will be administered in both webinar sessions and several in-person sessions. The session dates will be available at the beginning of the program to ensure timely scheduling to plan on attending. Every session will have a pre-planned topic of discussion and expert speaker, which will be posted in advance as well.

Through this program, many aspects of managing a market will be discussed, including areas one may not necessarily associate with running a successful farmers market. By giving farmers market managers the tools, resources, and support needed to succeed, we can help increase awareness and education on the importance and significance of a local food systems in one’s community. The program will be selecting 10 Fellows, and each Fellow will be given a stipend of either $2400 for those less than 100 miles away or $2600 for those more than 100 miles away. There is a $200 stipend difference to offset transportation costs for the in-person meetings.

In order to be eligible to apply to this program, one has to meet certain criteria including:

  • 2018 Georgia Farmers Market Association member

  • 2018 Wholesome Wave Georgia participating market

  • Leadership position in existing market

  • Driven to learn how to improve market

The curriculum focuses on professional development, resume-building, skill-sharing, and networking opportunities with topics such:

  • FMM Pro: SUNY Farmers Market Manager Certification Program

  • Market Outreach

  • Fundraising & Partner Development

  • Event Planning [Events at & outside of Market]

  • Data Collection & Evaluation

  • Marketing & Storytelling

  • General Market Management [Vendor Recruitment & Retention, Etc.]

Georgia Farmers Market Association is thrilled to offer this program in conjunction with Wholesome Wave Georgia. We believe this program has the opportunity to allow us to help farmers market managers grow and utilize their knowledge and skills to provide a more effective and enjoyable farmers market experience for all.

The application is live and the deadline for applying is July 19! Click here to apply!

For more information about the fellowship program, contact info@mygeorgiamarket.org.