Friday, March 21, 2014

Help for temporary farmers’ markets

Farmers who want to set up temporary farmers’ markets are in line for help from the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable.

The Roundtable has hired Krista Long to conduct “a policy advocacy campaign to support development of community gardens and temporary farmers' markets in the region.”

Funding is coming from the Heart and Stroke Foundation because it’s interested in improving access to healthy food in the community through policy change.

Long has experience with the food movement in the Waterloo Region because last year she wrote a report with recommendations on how local groups and governments can support the development of community gardens and temporary food markets.

“During her research, Krista gained familiarity with community groups, policy makers, and municipal staff and politicians; as well as zoning and licensing bylaws and policies that exist in the region's three cities (Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge) and four townships (Wilmot, Woolwich, North Dumfries and Wellesley),” the Roundtable says.

Long is designing a policy advocacy strategy and communications plan.
Roundtable volunteers and others will have an opportunity to give feedback on the plan at a meeting in mid-April.

In May, the Roundtable will host a training meeting for volunteers who want to advocate for community gardens and temporary farmers' markets.
“Volunteers will gain the skills they need to lobby municipal councilors and candidates during the upcoming election campaign.”