Get Involved with Your Local Farmers Market

December 5, 2018
by Jodi Low

Get Involved with Your Local Farmers Market

A great way to get more involved in the community is through one of the City’s farmers market volunteer programs. The City’s volunteers are the backbone of our community and are vital in helping the farmers markets run efficiently and successfully. 

We are looking for reliable volunteers who want to assist at information booths or educate children about farmers markets and nutrition! Applicants must be able to commit to a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule for at least 6 months.

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INFORMATION BOOTH

Assist in setting up/breaking down the market information booth, distributing Food Stamps, answering customer questions, and bringing seasonal events to life.

3-4 Hour Shifts 
Between 8 am – 2:30 pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays


EDUCATION PROGRAM

Teach the next generation about farmers markets, healthy nutrition, and fresh, local produce!

Wednesdays 8:30 am – 12 pm
Thursdays 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm


OUTREACH

Use your creative talent to assist with market communications through photography, videography, social media or engage the community at a variety of seasonal and special events.

“Volunteering is a great way to give back to the people [farmers] who travel such long distances to bring us fresh fare.  I also enjoy meeting the chefs that shop at the market.  It gives me an opportunity to find out about new restaurants to go to.”

-Bill Johnson, Wednesday Market Volunteer


INTERN

Do you want to gain valuable experience in a local government setting? Are you passionate about environmental sustainability, civic engagement, and fresh, local produce? Do you just LOVE farmers markets? Then join the Santa Monica Farmers Markets Intern Team!

We are looking for responsible, dedicated, and outoing individuals of college age or above to assist with Farmers Market operations. Applicants must have excellent communication and computer skills and be able to commit to at least 10 hours per week for 3 months or more. Interns work independently as well as with a team to develop goals and projects related to their area of focus:

  • Social Media/Marketing
  • Volunteer Coordinating
  • Education
  • Program Development
  • Statistics/Analytics

Flexible weekly schedules can be accomodated! Office conveniently located at 1901 Main St., Santa Monica, CA.  Work in both an office and outdoor setting at the markets. This is an unpaid internship that can be completed for course credit upon request.

"I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to intern with the SMFMs.  This is the first internship where I learned something new every day and now have so many new skills to take away.”

-Anna George, Volunteer Coordination Intern


For additional information about Santa Monica Farmers Markets and how you can get involved, visit: farmersmarket.smgov.net.

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