Almost every year from 2012 to 2019 we've held the Greenbelt Farmers' Market Managers Conference. Bringing together farmers' market and fresh food market managers from across Southern Ontario to share experiences, knowledge and skills. But most importantly, it was a rare moment to see our community in one room.
Emergency Pandemic Response
When the COVID-19 Pandemic reached Canada in the Spring of 2020, we were part of a group of organizations that went into "Emergency Mode" to help dozens of farmers' markets and their vendors navigate a policy and economic landscape that shifted sometimes daily. Through a partnership with Waterloo tech company Local Line, we provided digital farmers' market platforms for over 50 farmers' markets through the Greenbelt, channeling over $1 million in local food sales in the 2020 market seaosn.
This initiative aims to break down barriers for new farmers, producers, and chefs, providing them with equal opportunities to participate in our local farmers' markets. By connecting these talented individuals with vital resources, such as community kitchens, supervised CSA and customer pick-up points, production spaces, office spaces, and event spaces, we strive to create a diverse and thriving market environment that embraces people from all backgrounds, income levels, and experiences.
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