May 25, 2008

The 17th St Farmers Market needs YOUR help

The 17th Street Farmers Market is one of the oldest markets in America and is located in an area seeing terrific urban renewal, yet it continues to struggle. The greatest contributing factor to this is the lack of quality management. The previous year's management might at best be called “apathetic” and at worst, “disastrous.” At present, no manager is in place, leaving assistant manager Linette Bond to do the work of two or more people in operating, restoring and growing the farmers market.

The upward trend of Shockoe Bottom and the surrounding area can provide 17th Street Farmers Market with the opportunity to succeed along with it, but only if it is strong, well attended and well managed. It is to this end that Scott Sibley presents himself for consideration for the position of Market Manager. As a neighbor of the farmers market, Scott is intensely concerned with fostering the community of Shockoe Bottom, with the market at its heart.

Why Scott Sibley? Scott Sibley...

>grew up in Louisa County, working farmland and actively participating in FFA and 4H,

>personally manages over 100 staff and volunteers annually,is experienced in planning and marketing of fund-raising events,

>has achieved steady growth in fund-raising for over ten years, nearly doubling contributions over a two year period,

>Has a client base willing to assist him, including but in no way limited to

-Markel Corp.

-Shockoe Bottom Association

-Capital One

-National FFA Organization

...and more!

To date, Scott has been unable to get due attention from the City offices who oversee the farmers market. Help us help the vendors, customers and neighbors of the 17th Street Farmers Market in championing Scott Sibley for the position of Market Manager.