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About Us

The Bremerton Community Farmers Market is dedicated to operating a sustainable farmers market that provides a viable economic outlet to farmers and creators and connects the community with fresh food. 

The Bremerton Community Farmers Market is tucked among the trees and beside the sea at Evergreen-Rotary Park. Each Thursday from May until October we offer a market bursting with great vendors, music, educational opportunities, kids’ activities, and more.

Click here to volunteer for the market season, be a part of a committee, or join the board!

2024 BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

 

Executive Board

President: Kelly McKinley
Vice President: Vacant

Secretary: Vacant
Treasurer: Alan Gwinner

At-Large Board Members

Paelina DeStephano

Patricia Heavner

Olivia Jade Widmann

Jennifer Chamberlin

Market Staff

Market Manager: Suzanne Campbell

Assistant Manager: Katie Allen

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BCFM Board Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm

at the United Way of Kitsap County, 645 4th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337

The first 30 minutes of each meeting is open to Bremerton Community Farmers Market Members

and the public. After that, we will move to a closed session.

Do you love farmers markets? Are you passionate about supporting access to local food?
 

Consider joining the BCFM Board and help us continue making a positive impact in your community!

Click here to volunteer for the market season, be a part of a committee, or join the board!

Qualified candidates have a passion for local, sustainable agriculture and the enthusiasm and drive to make things happen. We are looking for committed community members able to inspire others and build community relationships. We are looking for the following skills:

  • A drive to see the Market thrive

  • Experience working with a team

  • A background in finance, marketing, or fundraising a plus

  • Business or non-profit experience a plus

Role of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Bremerton Community Farmers Market (BCFM) serves as the market’s governing body.  Its role is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of BCFM.  The Board participates in development of the strategic direction, acts on issues of policy and planning, contributes their individual skills and strengths, supports the growth and improvement of the Market, and acts as a representative, and advocate for the Market in the greater community.

1. Set directions and strategy.  Determine the mission, purpose and values of the BCFM and advocate for it.  Set goals for the BCFM and ensure effective planning to reach them.

2. Ensure resources.  Build a competent board, market manager, and develop a pool of volunteers.  Ensure adequate financial resources.  Enhance the organization’s public standing.

3. Provide oversight and accountability.  Ensure legal and ethical integrity.  Monitor and strengthen programs and services, protect assets, and provide financial oversight.

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

Board members will serve a two-year term.  Along with this understanding, all members of the Board of Directors are expected to:

1. Attend all board meetings.  Attendance of board meetings ensures you are aware of the status of the BCFM and can actively contribute to the conversation.  Notify the President prior to the meetings if you are unable to attend.

2. Contribute their time.  The average number of hours a board member can expect to spend on board-related duties is approximately 6-8 hours per month.  This time is spent at monthly board meetings and committee meetings.  The BCFM encourages members to spend some of their time at the markets if possible  Board members are additionally encouraged to volunteer for tasks identified during board meetings. 

3. Contribute personal or professional skills.  The BCFM has many opportunities to participate with a variety of skills.  Contribute personal or professional skills to the BCFM as applicable to the needs of the market.

4. Participate in a committee.  Board members are required to chair or participate in a Market committee.  Committees are essential to help the Market achieve its mission, and are staffed by board members and volunteers.  These meetings contribute to the 6-8 hours a month.

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