MFMA provides services, programs and leadership that support and promote farmers' markets across Minnesota.
MFMA envisions a community of diverse, inclusive, vibrant, profitable and professionally-managed Minnesota Farmers Markets that:
DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION (DEI) STATEMENT
Diversity: We value our differences and aim to involve and reflect the communities we serve.
Equity: We aim to align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, cultures, identities, and socioeconomic statuses have genuine opportunities to thrive.
Inclusion: We aim to create an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected.
Farmers’ markets are community spaces for everyone. They act as small business incubators, food access hubs, centers for community engagement, and facilitate food sovereignty. Farmers’ markets provide opportunities that everyone should have access to.
MFMA recognizes that many people encounter barriers to participation in local food systems and access to healthy foods due to language, ability, transportation, age, race, and economic standing. We believe that everyone has the right to access the benefits farmers' markets provide. We are committed to working with farmers' markets across Minnesota to limit barriers to access and create a welcoming space for everyone.
We will be continuing these conversations with our board, staff, and members to produce a more complete and specific action plan.