Who We Are
To help keep our costs low, we are staffed entirely by volunteers who just enjoy being part of the market and serving the local community. There’s quite a bit of work involved in organising the market every month – sorting out the stalls, putting up signs, getting the generators in place, filling with fuel, helping stallholders, collecting stall fees… and any other jobs that come up during the day.
The founder and lifeblood of the market, David is a ball of energy and led the market to its finest hour in 2009, repeated in 2012, by winning the FARMA best UK Urban Farmers’ Market award. The old adage about if you want something done ask a busy person, is highly apt in David’s case running, as he does, the market, his own tour company, being on the FARMA Council, and part of the local Moseley Forum, he is a man much in demand. Have you a spare hour, he would be delighted to chat; and if you bought him some chocolate he’d be even happier.
David’s deputy and general organiser, Craig is often to be seen consulting a plan with a serious look on his face. A market volunteer since 2009, Craig has quickly taken on the task of organising the layout of the market, sorting out traders, and fielding emails, phone calls and anything else David ‘throws over the fence’ to him. This falls naturally into Craig’s lap given his project management day job, whilst on the side he runs a business at home making gluten free cakes. A hardy Scot, winters at the market are no problem for Craig; ‘Cold? This is like summer in Glasgow’ he often tells us.
Big, strong, always ready with a cable tie or knife, Joss goes round the market with purpose ready to fix anything that isn’t tied down. With his fair complexion, hot summers are not for Joss; luckily, he has a natty style in headgear that protects him but also means you can see him coming and take cover.
Our very own polymath, Joss can also talk for Britain, and will happily engage you on the complexities of anything from local government, to beer making and crossword setting.
Keeping quietly in the background, Jill keeps our accounts in order and has a steady hand on the tiller.
To keep things organised, Jill doesn’t take prisoners; for goodness sake don’t even think of submitting an expense claim without a receipt!!!
Chris Hemming & Izzy Knowles
Often to be found on our community stall, Chris and Izzy keep tabs on our traders: who’s here, who’s missing, who arrived late and needs to sharpen up their act! If you need information or guidance, come and find Chris. And Izzy is our resident sales expert; got a jute bag already? You’ll buy another from Izzy…
Matt & Bridgit Hildreth
Quiet and unassuming, Matt and Bridgit get on with putting up and taking down banners, stalls, and generators like ghosts in the night.
Ever polite, they are the epitome of the ideal volunteer – reliable, conscientious, easy going, flexible, and hard-working.
Like to help?
We are always looking for people who can spare a couple of hours each month to help out with set-up from 7am-9am, or set-down from 1pm– 3pm. If you are interested in getting involved, please send your contact details, any relevant experience you have, and tell us why you’d like to help to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, come to the community stall at the next market and introduce yourself to us – we’ll be in yellow t-shirts (or possibly grey fleeces if it’s cold!)