Farmers' Market Manager Training

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 An important factor in the overall success of a farmers' market is the skills and knowledge of the Market Manager. With the development of this training manual, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is committed to ensuring that approved farmers' market managers have the basic information they need in order to succeed in their roles.
As stated in the Approved Farmers' Market Program Guidelines, market manager training is mandatory for all market managers within one year of becoming a manager of an approved farmers' market. This online resource will enable all managers to meet that requirement.

The Farmers' Market Manager Training manual consists of four sections and appendices..

Farmers' Market Manager Training manual - 916 kb

The Manual contains four sections:

    Section 1 - The Alberta Approved Farmers' Market Program: contains information about the Program and discusses the minimum requirements of approved farmers' markets

    Section 2 - Roles: contains information on the roles of the various stakeholders, including the market manager

    Section 3 - Legislative and Regulatory Requirements: contains basic information on the legislation and regulations which impact vendors selling at farmers' markets and the expectation for the manager in enforcing compliance with legislation

    Section 4 - Additional Resources

The following appendices contain information that supports or references material written in the manual.

Appendix 1-1: Alberta Approved Farmers' Market Application Form - 259 kb

Appendix 1-2: Starting An Alberta Approved Farmers' Market - 211 kb

Appendix 2: Alberta Approved Farmers' Market Program Guidelines - 823 kb

Appendix 3-1: Annual Paperwork Package - 1150 kb

Appendix 3-2: Sponsorship Approval Form -62 kb

Appendix 4: Market Manager Job Description - 363 kb

Appendix 5: Conflict Resolution Information - 336 kb

Appendix 6: Sunnygirl Logo Usage Guidelines - 94 kb

Appendix 7: Basic Labelling and Allergen Quick Guide - 509 kb

Appendix 8: Public Health Act Food Regulation - 485 kb

Appendix 9: Alberta Health Services Farmers' Market Information Package - 199 kb

In addition to the manual, any managers choosing to complete market manager training using this online course as opposed to attending an in-person workshop are required to complete and submit a short multiple choice test. This test is intended to evaluate your knowledge of the material covered in the manual. Upon achieving a passing grade of 80%, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Click here to access a copy of the test.

Any questions regarding the material found in the manual or on the test should be directed to:

Eileen Kotowich
Farmers' Market Specialist
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
4701 52 Street, Box 24
Vermilion, AB T9X 1J9
Phone: 780-853-8223
(dial 310-0000 first for toll-free access)

For more information about the content of this document, contact Eileen Kotowich.
This document is maintained by Abby Verstraete.
This information published to the web on March 31, 2011.
Last Reviewed/Revised on March 15, 2016.