be a leading force toward healthy farms and people
transform our global food system by creating and nurturing a local, sustainable and vibrant marketplace for our community, environment and economy.
As a society that oversees and administers multiple neighbourhood farmers markets in Vancouver, YLFMS operates with the following set of defined values.
The shortest distance between the producer and the consumer for seasonal and value- added items grown and made in B.C., or for those products that are “uniquely Canadian” and are brought to market by the producer. No out-of-Canada imports are allowed and nothing is re-sold.
Sustainability is defined by a self-sufficient non-profit society (where outputs do not exceed inputs on any resource level including human, financial, creative, environmental, etc) with: clear governance policies that define the nature of full participation from its main stakeholder groups; clear recognition, endorsement and support from the municipality; fair and clear working standards for all staff; simple, user-friendly working systems in office and at markets; well-articulated, realizable plan for growth and development in all areas.
A community approach actively seeks participation from, and development with, community members including neighbourhood market residents and supporters, area businesses, and institutions. A community approach also operates with an awareness of who is not participating, evaluates why this is and if and how those left-out can be included.