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Prince George Farmer’s Market develops anti-bullying and harassment policy

The Prince George Farmer’s Market has developed an anti-bullying and harassment policy. After the farmer’s market on Saturday the association provided its membership with training on the updated policy. A second training will be provided on Saturday, June 27, for members who were unable to attend this week. All PGFMA members will be required to attend the anti-bullying and harassment training session before vending their products.

“Like other organizations across the country, the PGFMA is working hard to provide a safe and inclusive space for all,” said PGFMA president Martin Krell. “Bullying, harassment or racism have no place at the farmers market. The PG Farmers’ Market is inclusive of all groups, requiring only a mutually respectful environment. The best part of a farmers’ market is the uniqueness that is brought by a diversity of farmers, ranchers, growers, bakers, artisans and most especially the customers.”

“We have worked closely with WorkSafe BC to develop a policy that is safe and inclusive for all vendors and customers while they attend the PGFMA” stated Kathy Leeman, the markets director of human -resources.

The PGFMA is viewed in the same way as a prime contractor on a work site by WorkSafe BC and have an obligation to provide a safe and inclusive space for its vendors to vend their products. The updated statement can be viewed at www.PGFarmersMarket.ca

“As a 10-year member of the market, I enjoy the diverse culture we continue to develop,” said Lois Westlake, market vice-president.

The PGFMA is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a farmer’s market this year. The PGFMA operates a year-round farmer’s market at 1310 Third Avenue.

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