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Learn from the Anti-Racism in Farmers’ Markets Toolkit

Led by the Equity in Farmers' Markets Working Group, a collective of BIPOC and white allies associated with farmers' markets, this toolkit was designed to assist market teams in increasing the representation of BIPOC growers and customers at farmers’ markets in Toronto and across the GTA.

Anti-racism in farmers' markets: a toolkit for markets and their teams. By: Equity in Farmers' Markets Working Group

Published on March 24, 2021

This resource was developed through the hard work of the volunteer-led Equity in Farmers' Markets Working Group. We are proud of the people in Evergreen’s market community who contributed to creating this resource and are committed to making markets more equitable for farmers of colour.

If BIPOC youth who want to be ecological and regenerative farmers do not see their own community, culture and personhood reflected at these markets - why would they feel welcomed to start the journey to becoming new farmers?

No matter your connection to the market community – market managers, market volunteers and staff, market goers, farmers, food vendors – we encourage you to download this toolkit to learn from the challenges faced by BIPOC farmers in Toronto and across the GTA.

This 10-page toolkit is informed by the current experiences of BIPOC farmers and historical exclusion from markets. It educates readers by defining key terms around anti-racism work, like gatekeeping and food justice, and applies them directly to what they mean for anti-racism work in farmers’ markets. The toolkit offers steps that market teams and decision makers can take to increase BIPOC representation and suggested action items to build equity in farmers’ markets.

 

In addition to downloading the toolkit, the Equity in Farmers' Markets Working Group encourages readers to get in touch via the email form on the web page with any feedback, questions or expressions of interest to get involved with the volunteer group.