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About

Neighborhood Roots

Welcome to Neighborhood Roots, the nonprofit that brings you the Fulton, Kingfield and Nokomis Farmers Markets!

OUR MISSION:

To bring neighbors together to buy, eat and learn about local food. We support local farmers and small businesses, promote vibrant community and effect important changes in food and agriculture policy.

OUR VALUES:

  • Relationships – To engage the community at all levels including neighbors, vendors, and businesses.  We strive to make the community stronger by being part of it.
  • Integrity – To be honest and transparent in the work we do, striving to create quality and a sustainable future for our community
  • Inclusiveness – We strive to create an active and engaged customer base, ensuring all are welcome and respected at our markets.

OUR HISTORY:

The Kingfield Farmers Market was launched in 2001 in cooperation with Kingfield Neighborhood Association.  After years of growth, the market emerged as its own nonprofit in 2008, becoming the foundation for what is now known as the organization Neighborhood Roots.

In 2010 the then-Kingfield Farmers Market board of directors was approached by the Fulton Neighborhood Association, asking for guidance in setting up a farmers market for that neighborhood. The Fulton Farmers Market was officially launched in 2011. With the creation of this new market, we expanded our educational programming, increased the professional capacity of the organization by adding a second staff person, and began offering EBT sales options.

2013 brought the launch of our yearly indoor winter market series, and an opportunity for vendors, customers, and community members to connect year-round.  Most recently, the Nokomis Farmers Market opened as a pilot project in 2014, after years of discussion with the Hale-Page-Diamond Lake Community Association about their desire for a farmers market in their own neighborhood.

Each year our board of directors takes time to assess how we are doing as an organization and consider how we can continue to serve the community in more and better ways.  For more about our transition to the organizational name “Neighborhood Roots,” check out this blog post here.

Who we are

Neighborhood Roots is run by a market staff, a board of directors, and multiple groups of committed volunteers. We are passionate about supporting local agriculture and we can hardly wait to see our friends, neighbors and vendors at the market each week. We look forward to continuing to grow with you and serve this community.

OUR STAFF:

Emily Lund, Executive Director – emily@neighborhoodrootsmn.org
Emily is the relatively new Executive Director of the Neighborhood Roots organization that runs three farmers’ markets: Kingfield, Fulton, and Nokomis in Minneapolis. A former manager at the Whittier Farmers’ Market, she also serves on the Farmers’ Markets of Minneapolis Leadership Team and the Minnesota Farmers Market Association board. She has a decade of experience in local food service and production, retail, and nonprofits.

 

Sarah Woutat, Market Manager – sarah@neighborhoodrootsmn.org
Sarah is the new Market Manager for Neighborhood Roots, but she is not new to the markets. Previous to this role, she was a farmer, growing Certified Organic veggies and plants and vending at Fulton for eight years, and Kingfield for three years. Sarah is committed to making sure the Neighborhood Roots markets provide a positive and relationship-building experience for both our vendors and our community members. She’s also excited to continue the relationships she formed with both vendors and customers over the years, as well as forming new ones!

Emma Cook, Assistant Market Manager – emma@neighborhoodrootsmn.org
Emma is a grad student at the University of Minnesota working towards her MSW and MPH degrees. She hopes to increase equitable access to good physical and mental health and believes that supporting your community and enjoying healthy, local products is a great step towards that goal.

 

OUR BOARD:

2018 Board of Directors

Sasha Jensen, Chair
Dave Aron, Vice Chair
Candice Gillmore, Secretary
Craig MacLeod, Treasurer
Kirsten Arbeiter
David Bresler
Kayla Bryant
Katherine Huber
Steffen Ryan
Jon Shelver
Susan Small
Eric Van Oss