EcoSociety Markets Director moving on from farmers’ markets to City Council

By Jesse Woodward

After 7 amazing years as the Markets and Events Director at the West Kootenay EcoSociety I will be transition out of this position to take on my new role as a Nelson City Councillor. I am currently working closely on transition planning and implementation with EcoSociety staff and the Executive Director and I want everyone to know that the Nelson outdoor markets will continue in 2019 but with a new manager at the helm. EcoSociety will hire the new Markets & Events Director and I will be helping with training and mentoring them into their new role in the beginning of 2019.

My time at EcoSociety has been a true education in community engagement, large scale management and relationship building. I have met such wonderful people, made great friendships and felt the joy of helping my community prosper and thrive. I am most proud of facilitating local farmers, artist, crafts people and musicians to hone their skills and I have loved watching, with each passing year, their talents blossom and develop. We have a super creative community that is full of heart and passion.

It has also been very satisfying to manage and grow the BC Association of Farmers Markets Coupon Program over the last six years. This inspiring initiative helps low-income families and seniors accesses locally grown foods and in turn supports local farmers to generate extra revenue. During the 2018 Nelson market season, $22,000.00 was additionally spent through the coupon program at the markets. That’s lots of produce and local food going directly from farmer to family.

After all is said and done I will most miss the joyous weekly interactions, conversations and camaraderie. We live in one of the most beautiful and amazing little cities in Canada and I feel grateful every day to have been and continue to be part of the social fabric of this incredible region of B.C.