Volunteering at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market began as a volunteer fun organization and, while we have a few part time staff now, we still accomplish the bulk of our work via volunteers. Each year, over 100 volunteers contributed over 1,300 hours! Our community is greatly enriched by the contributions of our wonderful volunteers. We hope you’ll join them in helping us sustain the Forsyth Farmers’ Market.
Set-up (7am-9am) – Each Saturday, we must load an average of 35 Vendors into the park with all of their equipment (tables, chairs, canopies, display materials) and all of their product. This task takes many hands and we affectionately call it the “farmers’ market workout.”
Market (9am-1pm) – The Forsyth Farmers’ Market runs a token exchange as a convenience to our customers. All Vendors take cash (and some have the capability to accept mobile phone payments), but if you run out of cash, we can swipe a debit, credit or EBT card at our main market table for tokens to spend with the Vendors. We have staff on hand for this process, as well as answering questions, providing activities for youth, and other items, but we’ve grown so much in the past few years, that several extra helpers are always appreciated.
Clean-up (12:30pm-2pm) – In the afternoon, we must remove everything we brought in during set-up. Again, many hands make light work!
Survey Distribution– Volunteers ask customers if they would like to fill out a survey about their experience at the farmers’ market and lead them to an empty table to fill out the survey.
Customer Count– Volunteers use hand-held counters to literally count the people who walk into the market space.
Price Point Collector– Volunteers use a spreadsheet to fill out prices for a variety of fruits, vegetables and other products at the farmers’ market.
Kids’ Activities– Volunteers staff the youth tent and work with youth to exercise, plant seeds, or use art materials.
Word on the Street Team– Take flyers to neighborhood meetings, churches, community centers, community gathering spots, and social events and spread the word about the FFM.
Forsyth Farmers’ Almanac (Mixed Greens)– Almanac volunteers are needed to help collect stories, transcribe stories and take photographs.
Little Green Wagon (Mixed Greens)– Offer children at the market the opportunity to plant seed
Mixed Greens– Work together to create and facilitate welcoming activities for FFM
Assistant to Lead Educator (Farm Truck 912)– Volunteer assists Lead Educator to provide food education such as cooking demos, tastings, and other activities as needed.
Receiving Deliveries (Farm Truck 912)– Assist FT staff with weekly deliveries for FT stops.
Special events tag-team (as needed)- These on-call volunteers would help with staffing booths at special events both on-site (fundraising/FoFFM, Bring it Home projects, My Market Club, etc) or off-site (Food Day, various health fairs, etc). Team could also serve as a point of contact for gathering necessary supplies and communicating with the off-site organizers.
Education Committee- Serve with at least one Board member to oversee educational activities
Finance Committee- Serve with at least one Board member to oversee finance/fundraising
Branding/Messaging Committee- Serve with at least one Board member to oversee branding and messaging
Mixed Greens- Work together to create and facilitate welcoming activities for FFM
Vendor Committee- Serve with at least one Board member to oversee anything that deals with the Vendors for Forsyth Farmers’ Market, to include farm visits, vetting, rules, and applications