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Creating a regional association

Creating a Regional Association

What does the federation do

What does the Federation do?

  • Education

    • Conference

    • Workshops

    • Webinars

    • Tool kits

    • Resources:

      • Market Managers Training Manual

      • How to Build a Community Farmers Market

      • Food Safety Guidelines for Farmers Markets

      • Market Evaluation tools

Who is the federation

Who is the Federation?

  • Grassroots organization to support the farmers market industry in New York

  • Membership based

  • Funded through grants and contracts

    • Minor level of membership dues and donations

  • Focus is on market management, farmers and consumers

The mission of the Federation is to support and promote the viability of farmers markets through innovative services, programs and partnerships that maximize the benefits of markets to sellers, buyers and communities.

What does the federation do1

What does the Federation do?

  • Services

    • Administration of statewide EBT program

    • Coupon Incentive Programs

    • Insurance – markets and farmer/vendors

    • Market Development

What does the federation do2

What does the Federation do?

  • Communications

    • Websites:




  • Newsletters

    • Market Forum

    • Fresh Tips

  • List Serve

What does the federation do3

What does the Federation do?

  • Building awareness:

    • Tote Bag Program

    • Farmers Market at the New York State Fair

How do we proceed

How Do We Proceed?

Moving Forward:

Maintaining Independence

Mission Statement

Organizational Priorities

What kinds of things can we/should we cooperate on?



  • Shared resources; access to funding

  • shared services; i.e. EBT, volunteer database, entertainment database

  • Shared marketing and promotion

  • Shared vendor recruitment efforts

  • Market manager networking

  • Build local governmental and agency relationships



  • Develop a mission statement

  • Create bylaws governing the organization

  • Create organizational structure

  • Incorporate

  • Become Federation affiliate

How can the federation help

How can the Federation help

  • Become a Federation Affiliated Chapter!

  • We provide:

    • By laws templates

    • Incorporation templates

    • Affiliation Agreement

    • Assistance, training and support

  • Benefits of being an Affiliated Chapter

    • Assistance with chapter/organizational development

    • No need to file with IRS for tax status

    • Share the Federation’s 501(c)3 status

    • 990 filed by Federation

Requirements to be a chapter

Requirements to be a Chapter

  • Network must include no less than 5 independent markets

  • One seat on the board must be a Federation board member

  • Organization fiscal calendar must match Federation – July 1 through June 30

  • Quarterly activity reports to the Federation board

  • May be other legal requirements based on the Group Exemption set by IRS

Mission statement

Mission Statement

  • Homework:

  • What a regional network could do for your

  • market and community?

  • Who should be part of the network? Market managers, farmers, sponsors, customers, community organizers? And why?

  • Create standards/guidelines for network participation? Example: market must participate in FMNP.

  • Meeting #2 January: Nuts & Bolts of Network Development and Function

Organizational priorities

Organizational Priorities

Next steps

Next Steps

  • Homework:

  • Federation’s Homework

  • Next meeting date

Thank you

Thank you!

We hope you enjoyed our presentation.

Farmers Market Federation

117 Highbridge St, Suite U3

Fayetteville, NY 13066

(315) 637 – 4690

[email protected]

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