The St. John’s Farmer’s Market has won a $50,000 award which will be used to help finance its share of a new home for the attraction. Working with the City of St. John’s, a study was completed in 2014 which concluded the former Metrobus Depot on Freshwater Road would be ideally suited to serve as the new market venue, following renovations.
From The Telegram:
“It received almost 10,000 votes in the voting round of the Aviva Community Fund competition, finishing in the Top 5 in Canada for the “Up to $50,000” category and earning the market a place in the 30 finalists. A panel of expert judges looked at each idea’s sustainability, impact, likelihood of success, votes and idea originality. Fourteen other ideas from across the country received a combined total of $1 million from the fund.”
The St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative (a non-profit organization) had committed to contributing $100,000 towards the project’s total cost of more than $3,000,000. With the Aviva Community Fund contribution, the cooperative has now exceeded that goal.
Farmer’s markets encourage entrepreneurship, can serve as business incubators, and from a green economy perspective can make major contributions in the provision of local agriculture to a local population. The expansion of the St. John’s Farmer’s Market will be an economic development boost for the region.