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Progress Made Towards a Common Market
Coming to the table.
This is the first time historically that the vendors, managers and community stakeholders met on a regular basis to determine what a common market could look like, why it matters, identify and address barriers (related to market split but also the culture that has been a part of the history prior to the split), and begin the work to resolve and set guides to protect the wellbeing of a common market and the those participating as manager, vendors, board members, and consumers.
Committed to the Community Principles (provided by consultant), understanding as the meetings progressed the importance of the principles to create a table where people felt safe to share concerns, voice ideas, and disagree with respect.
Defined collectively what a thriving market (a desired outcome) would look and feel like.
This has become the groups vision, check point to determine if decision being made will reinforce this vision or hinder it.
Identified mutual benefits for market managers, vendors and the community if a common
market is formed.
The benefits listed have become fuel to doing the hard work. The benefits outweighed any barrier that was identified.
Engaged community stakeholders at the table.
Community members representing various organizations volunteered their time and energy to show support, offer insight from their community roles.
Identified the desire to create a market that would:
Next Steps with Goal of 2018 Common Market
1. Current markets will have separate markets in 2017 due to deadlines for SNAP/EBT and other regulations that need to be met by April 15. It was agreed by the current market managers, community stakeholders from Vision 2020, Statewide Health Improvement Program-Mower County Health and Human Service that to push forward and rush the process would risk the new markets success.
2. Issues to be worked out by all parties. It was identified that there are two key underlying issues impacting progress at various times. It’s important to note that great progress was made in both areas. For a healthy common market to be created, one that reflects the vision, these issues will need committed work and good faith on both markets parts:
3. Community wide Survey [ Summer 2017]
The Statewide Health Improvement Program of Mower County will create (with input from farmers/vendors) a survey to get a pulse on the communities needs and desires when it comes to a market. These findings, along with the vision set by community stakeholder, vendors, managers will drive the formation of the common market.
4. Formation of a Board (and those who just want to know more about making a market!)
5. Formal meeting and roles determined of a new board to guide the common market [November 2017 or January 2018]
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