PRESENTATION TO CITY COUNCIL MARCH 30, 2015:
City staff proposed to City Council that the area in front of City Hall and the year-round market on 6th shall become a Public Marketplace accommodating the Prince George Farmers' Market Association (PGFMA), the Wilson Square Community Market (WSCM), and community groups such as the Multicultural Society and others while 3rd Avenue would not be available for WSCM. Council invited WSCM and PGFMA to make their case before council. While the PGFMA argued that a large Public Market would be beneficial for all parties and was in support of the City's proposal the WSCM refused to participate in the creation of a large Public Market space. After hearing arguments from councillors, Mayor Lynn Hall declared that he was leaning toward supporting a Public Market space but said that he was not prepared for City Council to become a conflict solver. The result was that WSCM was allowed to occupy 3rd Avenue for the 2015 season but that, if PGFMA and WSCM could not come to an agreement, the Public Market proposal would be implemented for the 2016 season.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
Election of Directors occurred by position: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and 5 directors at large. The actual members let their name stand. R. Muntener indicated an interest to join the Board. A. Glembotzky nominated D. Abernethy as Vice-President – Nomination was accepted. A. Glembotzky nominated J. Zapletal as a member at large– Nomination was accepted. Minutes of the AGM 2015 are available upon request.
President: Randy Stasiuk – Acclaimed
Vice-President: Dave Abernethy - Acclaimed
Secretary: Brenda Langlois – Acclaimed
Treasurer: Lois Westlake – Acclaimed
Directors: Asta Glembotsky – Acclaimed
Philip Myatovic – Acclaimed
Roman Muntener – Acclaimed
Jutta Zapletal - Acclaimed.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015, ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
The Prince George Farmers' Market Association invites its members to its Annual General Meeting at the College of New Caledonia. The meeting starts at 3:00pm in the Auditorium. Members are encouraged to attend and exercise their rights to vote. On the agenda are some proposed changes to our bylaws that require your vote.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, FALL GENERAL MEETING:
The Prince George Farmers' Market Association invites its members to its Fall General Meeting at the College of New Caledonia. The meeting starts at 3:00pm in the Auditorium. Members are encouraged to participate actively in the Market and join a committee such as Governance, Vendor approval, Promotions advertising & marketing, Special events and Building maintenance.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2:
All members, please note that according to the vote of June 14 all vendors of the Prince George Farmers' Market shall be vending from the 6th Avenue location. The courthouse and 3rd Avenue location are no longer in use for vendors of the Prince George Farmers' Market. For any questions please contact the Market Manager or Randall Stasiuk, President, Prince George Farmers' Market.
DOWNLOAD THE FOLLOWING PGFMA DOCUMENTS:
THE BC ASSOCIATION OF FARMERS' MARKETS HAS STARTED A PROVINCE WIDE CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE SHOPPING AT THE FARMERS' MARKET
The It Feels Better at the Farmers’ Market campaign has just launched and the Year-Round Prince George Farmers’ Market is so excited to be a part of it! We totally agree: It does feel better to shop at a BC Farmers’ Market! During the two week entry period of this campaign, you can share your Farmers Market Selfie -i.e a photo of you at the market - for a chance to win amazing prizes. Full contest info can be found at www.facebook.com/BCAFM Please also check our facebook page at PG Farmers' Market for additional information and updates.
SATURDAY, JUNE 14: NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
At the last General Meeting held on April 26 the following motion was made: "That all vending of members of the PGFMA will be on 6th". The members present at the said meeting recommend that the whole membership be given the right to vote on this motion. Therefore, a special meetring of the members of the PGFMA is called for Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 3:00pm at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) Auditorium in order to vote on the above motion. Registration will start at 2:30pm. Please attend.
SIGN UP FOR A SPOT AT THE DOWNTOWN MARKET FAIR:
Interested vendors are invited to sign up for a space at the upcoming Downtown Market Fair. Please go to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/downtown-market-fair-registration-5568272854?ref=esfb&utm_campaign=201308&utm_source=Facebookenivte001 for details.
DEAR PAST AND CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE PGFMA:
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming summer season please direct your enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a an upcoming general meeting prior to the opening of the Summer Season (date yet to be confirmed) and I encourage all to attend. Please note that according to our bylaws only paid members have to be notified.
The preliminary date for the General Meeting will be April 26th. More details to follow.
Randall M. Stasiuk
SATURDAY, MARCH 15: PRINCE GEORGE FARMERS' MARKET ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The PGFMA will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at CNC, Room 1-310 A. Sign-in time is 2:30 pm, meeting starts at 3:00 pm and ends at 5:30 pm. Elections are as follows: 3 positions, President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The rest of the directors will depend on the Special Resolution 25-(2). The PGFMA AGM is open to the public. Please attend.
GENERAL MEETING OCTOBER 16
There will be a GM on the topic of "Discussion of the Future of Our Market". All Farmers' Market members are invited to attend on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:30pm Sharp at the College of New Caledonia, CNC Room 310 A&B.
MEMBERS' MEETING JULY 13
There will be a meeting at the indoor market location with regard to some of the indoor market issues. All members are welcome to attend. July 13th, 2013 at 2:30 pm.
ATTENTION RANCHERS AND MEAT PROCESSORS!
Are you are rancher looking to reach out to more local customers? Are you a chef looking to source quality local meats? Are you a butcher, truck driver, or other entrepreneur involved in delivering quality meats to hungry customers? If so, we would like to invite you to our first ever:
Meat & Greet: Bringing Together Commercial Buyers and Sellers of Quality Local Meats
Thursday, June 13th, 2013, Skylight Ballroom, Ramada Hotel, Prince George, BC
Schedule of Events:
2:00: Opening Address & Presentations. Panel Presentation by guest rancher, butcher and chef
3:00: Chef’s Hour. Dedicated to building farm-to-chef connections
4:00: The Butcher’s Block. An open forum on the state of the industry
5:00: Closing Remarks. Where do we go from here?
5:30: Dinner at the Copper Pig BBQ. Free of charge!
No cost to attend. RSVP kindly requested 250-562-9622 ext. 115 or email@example.com
Note: This event will also be hosted in Smithers at a future date. A farmer purchased an old, run-down, abandoned farm with plans to turn it into a thriving enterprise. The fields were grown over with weeds, the farmhouse was falling apart, and the fences were broken down.
PRINCE GEORGE FARMERS' MARKET GENERAL MEETING APRIL 20, 2013
The Prince George Farmers' Market Association is holding a General Meeting on April 20, 2013 at 3:00pm sharp at the College of New Caledonia room # 1-310 A&B. Please attend the meeting and excercise your right to vote!
PRINCE GEORGE FARMERS' MARKET ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) FEBRUARY 16, 2013
The Prince George Farmers' Market Association is holding its AGM Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm after market hours at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) building on 1270, 2nd Avenue, Prince George. Members will be notified in writing prior to the meeting. Please attend the meeting and excercise your right to vote!
COMING UP: BCFMA CONFERENCE
The BC Association of Farmers' Markets is holding its annual conference and invites members of farmers' markets to attend. For a quick overview check the pdf: BCFMA Conference For details go to: http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/markets/subpage/session-descriptions
GUIDELINES FOR THE SALE OF FOODS AT TEMPORARY FOOD MARKETS
Any vendor selling or sampling food at the Prince George Farmers' Market must comply with the food guidelines issued by the Provincial Health Services Authority. You can download the following pdf document: Guideline for the Sale of Food.
BEYOND THE MARKET
presents: Future Farm Connect: Bringing farmers past, present and future together to break bread and grow the future of farming.
- Thurs, Jan 24th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm: PG Public Library, Prince George - refreshments
- Fri, Jan 25th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm: Arena Mezzanine, Vanderhoof - dinner
- Sat, Jan 26th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm: E-Free Church, McBride - dinner
- Fri, Feb 1st, 5:30pm - 8:30pm: The Old Church, Smithers - dinner
- Sat, Feb 2nd, 10:00am - 1:00pm: Location TBD, Terrace - lunch
Past and Present Farmers: Do you want to encourage more young people to be involved in agricultural? Are you passionate about sharing your farming knowledge? Are you looking to connect with the next generation?
Future Farmers: Are you planning a new farm venture? Hungry for knowledge? Don’t know where to start? Would you like to meet and connect with experienced farmers in your region?
Join us for this fun and interactive event series to support a stronger community of farm practice.
Enjoy a meal on us! Events are free and open to all agriculturalists. RSVP is kindly requested. Contact Jillian Merrick, Program Coordinator, Beyond the Market Project, c/o Community Fraser-Fort George, Beyond the Market <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BEYOND THE MARKET SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS:
Community Futures offers seminars and workshops for small businesses that may be of interest to some of our members. Details can be looked up at this contact address: http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/seminars
McBRIDE INDOOR MARKET:
To all Members of the Prince George Farmers' Market:
McBride is trying to establish an indoor market and invites interested vendors of the PG Market to contact Jill Philpott at 1-888-641-2214 or email email@example.com
PROVINCIAL FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR AGRIBUSINESS
The Government of BC is providing a one-time contribution to help BC's agricultural and agri-products sector increase local presence and consumption of BC agrifoods by expanding or launching their own marketing campaigns. For more information and eligibility and how to apply see: http://iafbc.ca/funding_available/programs/buylocal/defaultr.htm
BC ASSOCIATION OF FARMERS' MARKETS NEWSLETTER
Check the latest newsletter from President Jon Bell at: http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/ind/news/bcafm_v24_sep12.htm
BC ASSOCIATION OF FARMERS' MARKETS WORKSHOPS
To find upcoming workshops click this link: http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org/ind/workshops.htm#marketing
FALL GENERAL MEETING
The Prince George Farmers’ Market is holding its Fall General Meeting on November 5, 7:00pm, at the College of New Caledonia. The room number will be posted at the main entrance. Voting members are urged to attend, public is welcome.