Signs of Change - Steve Earnshaw - Timaru Farmer's Market





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Published on Dec 13, 2010

Presented at Signs of Change National e-Conference, 15-16 November 2010, NEW ZEALAND

Timaru Farmers Market (TFM) operates a vibrant Sunday morning market at Caroline Bay, year round,
where local farmers, growers and producers sell direct to our local community. Managed by a not-for-
profit committee the market is also a community focal point for ideas, dialogue and activities supporting
sustainable living.
TFM is organised by a voluntary committee. It is a not-for-profit venture born out of think-tank
discussions around local sustainability. It is a project of Transition Timaru. At the inception of the
market the question people asked was "How do we get to eat all the great food that is grown in our own
backyard? It's fresh, has next to no-food miles, and yet most of it is sent to larger centres or exported"
TFM was launched on Nov 8th 2009 and grew rapidly, with a loyal customer base and a surprising
number of community initiatives using the market as a hub.

Filmed by Ben Spink, Produced by Kyan Krumdieck


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