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4-H Ontario and Farmers’ Markets Ontario announce new youth partnership

Laura Goulding, 4-H Ontario | (Posted February 19, 2020)

ROCKWOOD, ONT. (Feb. 19, 2020) 4-H Ontario and Farmers’ Markets Ontario are proud to announce a new partnership that will connect Ontario youth with agriculture and their community. The two organizations will provide ideas and tools for local 4-H Associations and farmers’ markets to connect like-minded youth and community members across the province.


“We are excited to kick off this partnership with Farmers’ Markets Ontario, it is ultimately a win for all of Ontario. In today’s world it is so important for youth to connect with food, farmers and their communities. Through this partnership those valuable connections will take place on a meaningful level,” says Evelyn Chambers, Interim Executive Director, 4-H Ontario.


Waterloo 4-H already hosts a Farmers’ Market 4-H Club where four volunteers organize and deliver the two-hour program for six weeks each fall and winter. The Kitchener Farmers’ Market provides the space for the Club to operate and supplies the ingredients for special events such as Breakfast with Santa and Mother’s Day Tea.


“We couldn’t do our Breakfast with Santa or Mother’s Day Tea events without the 4-H kids. They make and serve all the food but the most important thing they do is make our shoppers smile!” says Kim Feere, Manager Kitchener Farmers’ Market. 


Through this partnership, youth will have the opportunity to participate in a 4-H club at a local farmers market, host a fundraiser for their 4-H club, volunteer or recruit new 4-H’ers to the program. 4-H Ontario and Farmers’ Markets Ontario created a toolkit with resources for 4-H clubs, market managers, boards and municipalities to learn about making connections, requirements, fee subsidy programs and participant resources.


“We hope 4-H groups will be inspired and celebrate farmers’ markets as a great way to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and leadership”, says Catherine Clark, Executive Director, Farmers’ Markets Ontario.


In 2020 this partnership growth will be piloted in key areas targeted for participant growth; however, 4-H Ontario and Farmers’ Markets Ontario will support any markets and 4-H clubs who wish to partner.


About 4-H Ontario

4-H Ontario is a non-profit positive youth development organization that builds youth as leaders within their communities and as assets to the world. With roots in rural Ontario, today it is open to youth of all backgrounds across the province. 4-H youth ages 6–21 and screened, engaged volunteer leaders come together to learn about selected topics through fun hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also provincial camps, conferences, competitions and national and international travel opportunities available to further develop skills in leadership, business, self-confidence and more. 4-H provides youth with a place they can be involved, accepted, valued and heard while developing valuable skills for leadership and life.

For more information, please contact:

Sheena Switzer, Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519-803-5026, communications@4-hontario.ca


About Farmers’ Markets Ontario

Farmers’ Markets Ontario (FMO) is the provincially recognized organization representing over 180 markets throughout Ontario. FMO’s mandate is to provide a wide variety of services to member markets including management, government relations, marketing, professional development and liability insurance while promoting farmers, farmers’ markets and the benefits of shopping and supporting local to Ontario consumers.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Clark, Executive Director, Farmers’ Markets Ontario

1-800-387-3276, catherine.clark@farmersmarketsontario.com




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