The St. John’s Farmers’ Market (SJFM) once again has a chance to win $50,000 in The Aviva Community Fund Competition. The idea, “Green Dining at the new St. John’s Farmers’ Market”, is to create a low to zero waste dining experience in the Market’s new home at the St. John’s Community Market on Freshwater Road, scheduled to open in 2018.
“With thousands of people eating thousands of meals at the market every week, we hope to be a leader in environmentally friendly dining,” says Joshua Smee, Chair of the SJFM Cooperative’s Board of Directors, “To get there we’ll need a ton of durable reusable dishes, cutlery, mugs and fixings to wash it all.”
This is the second time the St. John’s Farmers’ Market has competed for the Aviva Community Fund. In 2015, they were successful in winning $50,000. Those funds went towards the $100,000 that the Cooperative contributed towards the capital cost of the transformation of the former Metrobus Depot into a Community Market being undertaken by the City of St. John’s with support from ACOA and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We were so overwhelmed by the community support that we received for the project last time, we hope to see that again this year.” says Emily Hunt, fundraising chair for the SJFM Cooperative. The voting round starts today at 1:30 pm (October 10th) and is open until October 19th. Voters can now spend all of their 18 votes in just one day, and on one idea if they like.
For more information or to schedule interviews:
Chair, Board of Directors, St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative
Chair, Marketing and Fundraising Committee, St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative