Volunteering at the market
Would you like to volunteer for the 2017 season? It's a great way to help sustain market operations.
Please consider this;
Volunteering for the Farmers Market gives you the opportunity..
• To learn where your food comes from
• Get to know some of the producers
• Discover local food and how to eat seasonally
• Join a dedicated group of volunteers who care about what they eat & enjoy some outdoor park time.
SHIFTS, but not limited to. (market operates rain or shine)
- set up of signage i.e. sandwich boards, banner
- organizers' set up 12:30pm to 2pm; tent and pylons to reserve vendor parking, signage
- help vendor load in 2pm to 3:30pm
- 3:30 to 7:45 floating time frame, length of time tbd
- help vendor load out 6:30pm to 7:45pm
You may commit to any time frame that works best for you i.e. 1, 2 or 3 months at any point of season or the entire season. Anything is possible, we honestly appreciate the hand.
Alternatively, if you can't volunteer on the day of market, there are other ways to contribute to the market e.g. flyer distribution, painting things, handyperson stuff, social media, outreach. This year I do need a few google docs built and help implementing and will need you to be available for future edits and trouble shooting. None of the above? Perhaps you have a different particular skill to offer? Let us know. We'll put you to good use if we can ;-)
Special thank you to these community volunteers, in perpetuity, for significant and continuing, contributions to the market.
Scott Cinello - for partnering with me to get this whole ball rolling into what the market is now.
Kent Price - shelves/coat rack for the market shed..and other ongoing maintenance stuff.
Martha Malloy and Connor - x4 promotional sandwich boards (they are awesome)
Veronica Park - designer extrodinaire of our postcard - was the winner of the design contest 2015. Who continues to help with yearly revisions.
David Ginsberg of the White Squirrel cafe - rallied a handful of businesses to donate funds towards replacement our wagons/dolly that had gotten stolen from the old shed. (unsolicited and very thoughtful)
David Johnston - tbfm.ca website master (who responds to my every self-induced admin panic)
Nativity of the Mother of God - letting us store our equipment in their garage while we waited for our new shed. And generally being good neighbours.
Claire Midgley (lettering) & Ed DeSousa (background) - painting our 'Vendor Parking Only' sign
Bob Pritchard - painting our 'slow down' cyclist signage, soon to be 'walk your bike' sign in 2016.
Also to every volunteer that has made and makes the committment to come out on a regular basis to help set up/wrap during the season! You people are awesome and continue to sustain market operations.
Notably from the above group is Gay Couillard, who has been volunteering since our inaugural year, 2007! An amazing source of consultation and great conversation. Noteworthy: Mike Pettigrew, Sheri McGraw, Tessa Paucha, Arla Good, Jacqueline Bruner, Sara Mclean, Kirk Heron, Shawn Vanderheyden, Georgia Ydreos.
Thank you to the City of Toronto, Parks and our Councillor Mike Layton for their unwaivering support.