April 6, 2011
Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth
RE: Queen Anne Farmers Market
After a very successful year in 2010, the Queen Anne Farmers Market (QAFM) is looking forward to its 2011 Grand Opening on Thursday, June 2. After four years of operation, a new vision of the market calls for putting in place measures that will insure long-term sustainability of this popular community resource.
Much of the success of the market so far has been due to the passion, devotion, and commitment of Julie Whitehorn. But with success come changes, which means for the coming 2011 season, Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth (QANRG), the fiscal sponsor of the market, will assume overall responsibility for the market, and will be and implementing a new management team. Julie may serve as a consultant, utilizing her knowledge and experiences for those market activities in which she has been so successful in past seasons.
As part of this new vision, a new QAFM Advisory Board is being formed, consisting of a broad representation from the Queen Anne community. The Board's main function will be to develop, recommend, and implement plans for the long-term health of the market, including financial self-sufficiency and adapting to the needs and desires of the community as necessary.
The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) has oversight responsibility for the farmers markets in the city and has provided invaluable leadership and support for these changes for the QAFM. Without OED's guidance and support, this would not have been possible.
-The QANRG Coordinating Committee
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